Brad Keeler - Animal & Bird Figurines. Brad Keeler started a small garage ceramics operation in 1939 at the age of 26. Business went well & he struck a deal with Evan K Shaw of American Pottery to use some unused space there. In 1946, American Pottery was destroyed by fire & Brad built his own buildings in Los Angeles. He passed away in 1953 & the company succumbed with him. Some of his figures can be found with American Pottery stickers from the time they shared space.