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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HAGEN RENAKER, Retired Hagen Renaker Draft Colt -  Clydesdale Horse   - 2.75" Long..
$19.00
Hagen Renaker - Retired Black and Grey Baby Raccoon A-163  1 5/8" tall All HR have some cr..
$14.50
HAGEN RENAKER, Retired Mother Goose.  1 3/4Tall - In excellent condition - no chips or crac..
$13.50
HAGEN RENAKER - HTF Retired Mother Goose With Purple Shoes.  2 1/8"Tall - In excellent cond..
$13.95
HAGEN RENAKER - RETIRED Specialty #3311 (Boy) PIxie On Leaf Designer: Helen Perrin Farnlund H..
$35.00
HAGEN RENAKER - Robin Baby First Version Monrovia - A-168 Retired VHTF Designer: Tom Masterson ..
$25.50
HAGEN RENAKER - Saddlebred Horse - Retired  3" Long - In excellent condition  New ite..
$15.00
Hagen Renaker - Saint Bernard Retired Dog - 1 7/8" inches tall - In excellent condition. No chi..
$18.00
Hagen Renaker - Sapsaree Dog - Retired A-3387 - In excellent condition. No chips, cracks or rep..
$16.50
Hagen Renaker - Scamp - Taupe, Retired 5004 Designer: Don Winton Height: 15/16"H Color: Tau..
$35.00
HAGEN RENAKER - Scaredy Cat - A-3301 HTF Desginer: Kathleen Ellis Height: 2 3/8" Issued: Sp..
$24.50
HAGEN RENAKER - Scottish Fold Tabby A-2042 Retired Desginer: Shi Yi Chen Height: 5/8" Issue..
$24.95
Hagen Renaker - Scottish Terrier # 0856 - In excellent condition Buy more than one item from an..
$8.00
HAGEN RENAKER, Sea Turtle - item number 3256 - 1-1/8 x 2-1/4"  In excellent condition The ..
$13.95
Retired Hagen Renaker Seagull HTF #988 in great condition and about 2 1/8 inches wide x 1" high ..
$15.00
HAGEN RENAKER - Seagull Cove - Retired Designer: Maureen Love Issued Spring 1976 Seagull Co..
$90.00 $75.00
Hagen Renaker - Seagull Swimming A-987 Retired -  In excellent condition. there may be some ..
$19.50
HAGEN RENAKER - Seagull, Flying - Retired HTF A-989 -  2" with no damage The one in the im..
$18.50
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