| About Laguna Clay Company
|Laguna Clay Company's history is deeply
rooted in clay. Jon Brooks, the company's president, learned the science
of clay and glaze chemistry from his geologist father who developed
several of the mines from which Laguna's raw materials are still mined
today. Jon combined this scientific education with two other critical
ingredients—a love for clay which he gleaned from his mother
and father who were prominent Laguna Beach, California potters in
the 1960's and 1970's, and Jon's own passion for business. The results—a
kid who, at the age of 7, was developing his own clay formulas; at
the age of 9 was throwing (and selling!) award winning pots, and sculpting
clay clowns for southern California interior designers; and a few
short years later was developing one of the most successful ceramic
supply businesses in the country.
Laguna Clay had its inception in 1976. Since that time Laguna has
worked closely with industrial, commercial, educational and individual
customers to serve their specific needs while providing the broadest
possible selection of materials, supplies and equipment. The asset
purchases of Mineral Ceramic Products, S. Paul Ward, Westwood Ceramic
Supply, Pacifica Potter's Wheels, Miller Ceramic Supply and Thorley
Refractories have seen the company grow from a local pottery supply
house to an international ceramic supplier.
With each successive step, Jon Brooks and Laguna Clay Company have
expanded their product line while continually adding respected personnel
with expertise in clay and glaze research and development, customer
service and sound business skills. What started as one man's hope
and passion has evolved into manufacturing facilities in City of Industry,
CA, Byesville, OH and Oviedo, FL.
Many factors have contributed to Laguna's growth, but perhaps the
most significant is the vision of the young man who, at the ripe old
age of 9, sold his pottery on the sidewalk outside the Laguna Beach,
California Art Museum just because he loved to work with clay.