Brayton Laguna - Pottery Figurines. In 1927, Durlin Brayton started the company in a small home shop in Laguna Beach, CA. In the beginning, he produced dinnerware & flower pots with a few figurines. When he married Ellen Webster Grieve in 1936, who was also an artist. She introduced a line of figurines which caught Walt Disney's eye. They were licensed to produce Disney figurines from 1938-1940. The company closed in 1968.