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Handmade In Aurora

Handmade in Aurora Time-honored crafts—producing ceramics and home furnishings—thrive in the 21st century here on a small farm in rural, central New York. From plates to planters, teapots to tureens, MacKenzie-Childs designs are alive with individuality.

Since 1983, MacKenzie-Childs has made handcrafted ceramics, each piece a one-of-a-kind collectible. The company also designs and hand-decorates furniture and other home furnishings. We invite you to learn about the HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS that are the art and craft of MacKenzie-Childs ceramics, furniture and other treasures.

The first step in the process is design. Our designers, inspired by the beauty of the deep lakes and rolling meadows, flowering hillsides and crisp clear air that surround us, imagine and create designs and shapes for ceramics. Their designs are brought to life with deft hands and art by the artisans in our Aurora studio. We hope you enjoy finding out just what went into that delightful dinner plate or beautiful Bombay Chest in HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS.

Each piece created by our artisans holds the surprise and joy of the unexpected. Turn over a ceramic mug or platter or chair and you will see the stamps or marks of the artisans who contributed to its creation, to each step in the process. To learn more about these stages and stamps, and get greater insights into our studio, please read STAMPS AND STAGES.

As you may well have guessed, the most important element we work with is not clay or wood or paint, or fabric. It is our artisans. Talented and skilled, the immense pride and their signature individuality is happily evident on every piece that bears their stamp and our name.

That individuality, the evidence of the artisan's hand, is what makes each piece a one-of-a kind work of beauty and grace. Stains and glazes are painted on by hand, not by machine. You may notice variations in the density and depth of the color. This evidence of the artisan's hand is highly valued by collectors: No two pieces are identical. Set a table with MacKenzie-Childs plates and their variations are sure to please and delight your guests. In the 21st century, where standardization and uniformity are hard to escape, we hope you delight, as we do, in the unique personality and individuality of our timeless craft.

We invite you to learn more about OUR ARTISANS

Have a question or a comment? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us by phone: Customer service: (888) 665-1999 between 8 am and 9 pm seven days a week (ET) or Corporate office: (315) 364-7123 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday - Friday (ET). Email us at

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