Brayton Laguna Pottery

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Brayton Laguna Pottery

450.00

Artist: Brayton Laguna Pottery

Description: Ceramic, two white bears

Dimensions: 9" tall

About Brayton Laguna Pottery:  Establish by Durlin Brayton, a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, Brayton Laguna is considered to be one of the first California potteries to produce the solid color dinnerware lines later popularized by J.A. Bauer Pottery, Pacific Clay Products and others. In 1936, Brayton and his wife constructed a new manufacturing facility in Laguna Beach, on a five-acre plot of land on the 1400 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The location featured two continuous tunnel kilns, essential for large-scale production, as well as design facilities and a showroom.

By the late 1930s, Brayton Laguna’s focus was primarily on artware and hand-decorated figurines. At their highest capacity in the 1940s Brayton employed 150 artists, designers and potters. They became the first pottery company licensed by The Walt Disney Company to produce figurines based on Disney characters.

After World War II ended and tariff restrictions lifted, cheap imports from Europe and Japan begin flooding the market. Adding to the economic problems faced by the company, Brayton's wife died in 1948, followed by his death in 1951. Struggling with increased competition for the giftware market, changing consumer tastes and loss of leadership, business declined. The company closed their doors in 1968.

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