Laguna Beach – A Look Back

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society

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The Pottery Shack was started by two brothers – Van and Roy Childs – in two old log cabins on the corner of Coast Highway and Anita. Success required more space and in 1937, they moved a few blocks down to the corner of Brooks and Coast Highway. Eiler Larsen loved “greeting” visitors from the front of the Shake, and an imposing statue of the Greeter was placed on the corner circa 1965. Christmastime was very special at the Pottery Shack, with an elaborate holiday display taking over the grounds. Also in the ‘60s, artists would “throw” pots on urns in the front, attracting locals and tourists to browse the large selection of pottery available. In 2016, the Pottery Shack was preserved as The Old Pottery Place, with new shops, Sapphire restaurant, and a refurbished Greeter statue taking over the landmark site.

Laguna Beach Historical Society is located at 278 Ocean Ave. They are open Friday - Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, call (949) 497-6834 or visit