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.

Refine Search

Display: List / Grid
Show:
Sort By:
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadally Saxophone, Sax Player # 3291 -  1 3/4" Tall - In excellent co..
$24.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadally Frog The Conductor # 3306 -  2 1/4" Tall - In excellent condi..
$24.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadally Trombone #3251 -  1 1/2" Tall - In excellent condition Frog..
$24.00
HAGEN RENAKER,  Toadally Trumpet, # 3254 -  1 1/4" Tall - In excellent condition -This ..
$24.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadally Tuba Player, # 3252 -  1 3/4" Tall - In excellent condition -..
$24.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadstool, Mushroom Straight - A-406 Retired There may be some crazing wh..
$16.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Toadstool, Mushroom Straight - A-406 Retired There may be some crazing wh..
$16.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Water Lilly Pad - Retired HTF - 1.5"across x 0.50"High  - You will be ..
$26.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Wolf - #3041 Retired Speciaties Designer: Maureen Love Height: 2" Col..
$42.50
HAGEN RENAKER -  Zebra Baby, Standing - A-174 Retired in excellent condition. There remain..
$35.00
HAGEN RENAKER -  Zebra Mama, Head Turned - A-173 Retired  1.50" T - This is the origina..
$31.00
Hagen Renaker - Opossum Mama - Retired A-837 - Nice Older HR from 1981 in excellent condition. ..
$26.50
HAGEN RENAKER - 1986 Grey Squirrel Baby - Retired A-840 There are 5 for sale. The original 1986..
$12.50
HAGEN RENAKER - 1986 Long Billed Mama Duck - Retired #218 in excellent condition Designer: Tom ..
$12.00
HAGEN RENAKER - 1986 Mama Kangaroo With Blue Apron - Retired A-279 in great condition and about 2..
$23.50
HAGEN RENAKER - White Persian Cat Mama - Retired A-207 - On the original 1986 card In excellent..
$16.00
HAGEN RENAKER - Papa Mallard Retired A-3281 remaining on original 1995 card HR tended to use up..
$23.50
HAGEN RENAKER - 2 Baby Turtles #279 Color Variation in great condition - 1/2" Tall   (I..
$9.00
Hagen, Renaker, HAGEN, RENAKER, Bichon, Frise, #3272, Pegasus, Standing, #831, Shih, Tzu, Mandy, Dog, HTF, Pink, Bow
Powered By OpenCart
Aboard Noah's Ark Hagen Renaker Miniature Animal Figurines © 2018