Hagen Renaker

Hagen Renaker

Hagen Renaker Made In The U.S.A.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAGEN-RENAKER INC.

John and Maxine Renaker started Hagen-Renaker in their garage in Culver City in the latter part of 1945. John Renaker set up the first kiln by running a garden hose from the family's gas stove. Maxine Renaker was the first designer and salesperson. But, after successfully selling their first pieces, they found they could not produce them.

John Renaker's Mom, Moss Renaker, worked for a pottery in Monrovia called Walker Potteries. Her boss, Joe Walker, agreed to teach John about the pottery business. Maxine's Dad, Ole Hagen, agreed to build the young couple their first factory. Ole who was a carpenter by trade, went to Oregon to get a load of lumber at wholesale cost and he and his brother, Arne worked every weekend for months to build a combination factory and apartment. In gratitude, John and Maxine named their new company Hagen-Renaker.

So, on Easter Sunday, 1946, the family and their fledgling company moved to Monrovia. The company first produced elaborately decorated plates and butter pats and shadow boxes. They were selling well but there were difficulties with them related to firing and shipping.

John Renaker noticed a small duck that Maxine had on her work bench. She was a Camp Fire Girl leader, and she had designed it for the kids. He saw potential in it and put it on the bottom of the company's order sheet. When he saw how it sold, he decided to change direction and produce small figurines.

Very soon they had transformed Helen Perrin from a decorator into a designer, and she was joined by Maureen Love, Nell Bortells, Tom Masterson, and Will Climes. John and Maxine were able to recognize artistic excellence and based their business on these talented designers.

The company has had this tradition and continues it today. Maureen Love Calvert and Helen Perrin Farnlund are still providing a majority of the new items to the line. But they have been joined by Bob McGuinness and Kathleen Ellis.

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2 Klima Red Squirrels Mounted On Pecan Wood  - Porcelain Minature Figurine The squirr..
$17.95 $14.95
HAGEN RENAKER, Duckling - item number 573 - 2.5" High x 1.75" Front to Back -  In excellent ..
$16.00
Hagen Renakar - Tiger - Retired A-2029 Designer: Shi Yi Chen Height: 1" Issued: 1989 Retire..
$43.00
Hagen Renakar Alligator Baby - Retired A-853 Designer: Helen Perrin Farnlund Height: 3/8" C..
$19.50
Hagen Renakar Alligator Mama - Retired A-852 Designer: Helen Perrin Farnlund Height: 5/6" C..
$22.50
Hagen Renakar Cartoon Mama Whale - Retired Model No. A-803  in great condition - 1.75" Tall ..
$14.50
Hagen Renakar Cougar Baby - Retired A-3315 Designer: Robert McGuinness Height: 1 1/8" Issue..
$17.95
Hagen Renakar Humpback Whale, Tail Down - 1989 - Retired Model No: A-2079  in great conditio..
$19.00
Hagen Renakar Killer Whale "Sam" - Retired Model No. A-855  in excellent condition - 1 5/8" ..
$15.95
Hagen Renakar Lavender Octopus - Retired A-3198 - 2/3" Tall This octopus is on a 1995 card. Typ..
$16.00
Hagen Renakar Lion Cub - Retired A-3174 Designer: Robert McGuinness Height: 1/2" Issued: Sp..
$10.50
Hagen Renakar Lobster - Retired A-3354  in great condition - 2" Tall Looks just like one o..
$13.00
Hagen Renakar Otter, Standing - Retired A-834 - Still on original 1986 card (card shows signs of ..
$19.00
HAGEN RENAKER  - Hippo Family   Third Version - There is original card paper under..
$36.00
HAGEN RENAKER  Bananas A-312A  Retired - There was a short run on these bananas so they..
$13.50
HAGEN RENAKER - 1986 Curbstone Setter, Puppy A-2064 Retired in Very Good condition. The card show..
$24.50
HAGEN RENAKER -  Nativity and Manger #3000 in mint condition includind the creche #3024 is a..
$85.00
HAGEN RENAKER - Auerspurse Brown Beaver Paws Up - A-399 Retired  HTF pieces. This one look..
$29.50
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