Saturday, January 23, 2016
Laguna Beach is a beautiful community in California's Orange County; besides the lovely bluffs, coves and the beach, it is known today as having a thriving artist community. It includes the famous "Pageant of the Masters", as well as the not-quite-as-famous "Sawdust Festival".
Today's photos feature the Pottery Shack, once located along South Coast Highway. As you can see, the Pottery Shack had a slightly funky vibe, resembling the front yard of a crazy neighbor who loves loves loves whirligigs, garden gnomes, plastic flamingos, bowling balls on sticks (yes, that's a thing), gazing balls, sundials, and so on. How about those awesome old cars? I am drawn to that little red number.
Here's a Google Maps "street view" screen cap showing the corner as it looks today. Notice the statue of the old man on the corner, a landmark of what is now known as "The Old Pottery Place". The cars? Not so great.
I love this closeup, with two ladies taking it all in. How can a person possibly choose?! I can't help wondering if the shop carried some of the beautiful Disney character figures made by the Brayton Laguna. Some of them now go for many hundreds of dollars today!