Although Gladding, McBean & Co. began their their production of Franciscan plates, cups, and bowls as dinnerware in 1934, the first production was pottery that resembled Fiestaware, with bright, solid colored Mexican style dishes. Patterns from this time include El Patio, Coronado and Montecito.
In the late 1930's, they changed to a more upscale raised relief, hand painted patterns on china, which became extremely popular and still are today. The most common, and produced patterns being the Apple and Desert Rose. These are no longer in production.
Other handpainted patterns are Ivy, October and Fresh Fruit, which can bused for everyday dinnerware, or for seasonal use. One of the most desirable and difficult to find Franciscan patterns for collectors is Wildflower, a hand painted and many colored tribute to the flora of the American west. It was produced for no more than three years.