If everything isnt to your satisfaction, I go the extra mile to make sure you are happy! Laguna Beach is renowned for its long history as an artists colony. Perhaps not as well-known is the story of the emergence of Laguna Beach as a world-famous pottery and ceramics center. It all began in 1926, when Durlin Brayton, a California native and Chicago Art Institute graduate, acquired a parcel of land in Laguna Beach beside what is now South Coast Highway.
He and his wife began to create their iconic, vibrantly colored ceramic dinnerware sets: plates, bowls, pitchers and teapots. The line of dinner sets they produced in the late 20s represented an innovative use of color and glazes. While bright primary colors had previously been used in painted ceramic art in parts of Europe, applying this bold palette to decorate everyday pottery was an American first. In the early 1930s, Americans began to embrace solid-colored kitchenware, dishware, and gardenware from Californias potteries. Brayton had the talent and the ambition to discover a winning formulaproducing cheerful, modern ceramic ware that was affordable.
Out of this success, Brayton Laguna Pottery was born. Brayton married his second wife in 1936, artist Ellen Webster Grieve, who was known as Webb. As demand for Brayton Laguna Pottery increased, the couple transformed their home workspace into a larger business. In 1938, they built a new manufacturing facility on five-acres of land between South Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street. Braytons new facility housed two tunnel kilns, an area for designers and a store.By this time, the company became less reliant on dinnerware and concentrated on producing decorative ceramic tiles, vases and figurines. Brayton Laguna Potterys work was described by Jack Chipman in his 1992 book, Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery. Brayton's pioneering colored pottery was press-molded by hand and then dipped in a remarkable series of opaque glazes including rose, strawberry pink, eggplant, jade green, lettuce green, chartreuse, old gold, burnt orange, lemon yellow, silky black and white. Basic place settings were made along with accessory pieces such as teapots, pitchers and large serving bowls.. Throughout the late 1930s, Braytons business and reputation continued to grow. In 1938, Walt Disney awarded Brayton Laguna Pottery with the first license to produce figurines of the many popular Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Ferdinand the Bull. Brayton created these Disney figures from 1938 until 1940. This led to an influx of creative talent in the city, as potters, sculptors and other artists arrived. The burgeoning company employed more than 150 artists, designers and potters who worked around the clock. The resulting noise from the constant firing of the pottery caused a few of the neighbors to complain to the local newspaper. Americas entrance into World War II brought a halt to imported ceramics from Japan, Germany and Italy. The number of pottery companies in California grew as American companies stepped in to fill the demand. Laguna Beach became a major ceramics center, with a total of about 65 pottery companies operating in the city. Brayton had an advantage though, as his company was already firmly established.
The end of the war brought misfortune to Brayton Laguna Pottery. The United States lifted tariff restrictions, resulting in a flood of inexpensive imported ceramics from Japan and Italy. In 1948, the company suffered a serious blow with the untimely death of founder Webb Brayton. Soon after, in 1951, Durlin Brayton died of a heart attack.
Brayton Laguna Pottery remained open and attempted to compete with the foreign imports. But the combination of a changing market and the loss of its founder was too much for the company. It closed its doors in 1968, ending an important era in the history of both California and Laguna Beach ceramics. The buildings that once housed Brayton Laguna Pottery are today the Laguna Art Center. While the kilns of Brayton Laguna Pottery have long since stopped firing, the pieces created by the company that began in Durlin Braytons home live on in collections in homes and galleries in Laguna Beach and throughout the world.The item "Braytons Laguna Pottery POLAR BEARS Turquoise Crackle Glaze VERY RARE" is in sale since Tuesday, November 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\California Pottery". The seller is "overtoosoon" and is located in Mercer Island, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Ukraine, Cayman islands.