The idea for the MacLaren Fixture Co. flickered to life in a kitchen in Sagaponack, Long Island. The owner of the handsome shingled one-time farm house mused that he had never seen contemporary flush mount light fixtures as beautiful as the antique porcelain ones in his kitchen and pantry.
Soon thereafter, sketches were made starting with the Sagaponack fixture followed by many others. Prototypes were thrown on the potter’s wheel, fired and glazed, then assessed on their aesthetic and practical merits.
Models of each design for production are made which serve as masters for the molds. To produce the cast piece, clay slip, a porcelain formula which fires to a warm white, is poured into the mold. Fixtures are first bisque then glaze fired. Glazes include Gloss Clear, Gloss Cerulean, Gloss Black, Gloss Lavender Gray, Packed Snow, Potting Soil, Mottled Yellow, Boiled Lobster, and Faience Blue. Other colors can be produced by request.