Museum

Currently, the Ceramic Animal Museum is in a remodel for display expansion.

Over 288 feet of new display space is being developed for exhibits.

The result of decades of collecting, the museum is a communal effort that aims to preserve and progress ceramic animal arts. While the focus is on all American pottery that depicts animals, the collection covers Hagen-Renaker in depth, various California potteries, and ceramic animal figurines from around the world. We have experience with intake, organizing, and restoration of bequests: no gift too small, nor too large.

Each piece has merit in solving a mystery or completing a timeline. All in one place, a fan or serious student may access originals and a growing library of references. With the addition of the San Dimas HR factory ephemera, it is now the deepest direct-source HR research collection in the world. The museum and Hagen-Renaker Tennessee are laying the groundwork of the HR TN Academy, an education effort to train interested adults in ceramic production and restoration.

Original Hagen-Renaker potteries decorator’s station

Historic items, including flat art and related studio materials, are cleaned and displayed. This is not the online museum, but rather a physical location in East TN. Currently, the museum is open during HRCC Fellowships, and by appointment only. 

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