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MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups
MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA - Sofas & Sitting Groups

MACKENZIE-CHILDS - Furniture Accessories - USA

                   

MacKenzie-Childs was born of our love of home and our commitment to fresh, innovative design. Founded in 1983, our humble beginnings started in the basement of Wallcourt Hall, a building built in 1909 as a dormitory for an all-girls prep school. Several years later, we moved to our present-day headquarters just up the road.


 

          
On a tranquil Victorian farm overlooking Cayuga Lake, we produce world-renowned home furnishings. Our designers and artisans have created beautiful products that add joy and grace to homes throughout the world. Colorful, handmade ceramics, enamelware, glassware, furniture, and home accessories define our collection.


  
As you enter the winding brick driveway, you’ll know you are arriving at a very special place. Our dairy barn houses our production studio—where today, handmade, hand decorated majolica pottery, furniture, and home furnishings are crafted by our talented artisans. The grounds—open to the public—are home to sprawling gardens, a Second-Empire Farmhouse furnished with MacKenzie-Childs designs that is open for tours, and a retail shop filled with our tableware, home furnishings, and gifts.



         
The picturesque farm is also home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle, dozens of birds roosting in the Gothic-Revival-style Chicken Palace, a duck pond, a former Cornell horse barn, a 1930s greenhouse, spectacular and ever-changing gardens, and plenty of hay fields. We enjoy the most wonderful views of Cayuga Lake, surrounded by the natural beauty of the rural Finger Lakes region. Overlooking the grounds is our exquisitely restored Farmhouse, showcasing MacKenzie-Childs designs in a variety of traditional interiors. Daily guided tours take you through 15 rooms on three floors, each one a design inspiration.



  
In every season, our magnificent, ever-changing gardens celebrate nature’s grand design. Our serene gardens will have no trouble activating all your senses. We take special pride in our array of blossoms, from tulips and daffodils in the spring, to peonies and lilies in the summer, to mums and asters in the fall. The grounds are open 9:30 am - 6:30 pm daily.



  
Free tours of the Farmhouse (about 40 minutes long) begin in the Shop. Individual reservations are recommended but not required. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. Call 315-364-9680. Labor Day through June 5: tours are given daily at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm; June 6 through Labor Day: tours are given daily at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. 





  
A trip to MacKenzie-Childs wouldn’t be complete without a stop into the Shop. This light-filled and charming store displays the complete line of our products. Serendipities await our avid collectors and new visitors alike. Stunning furniture, lighting, rugs, and tableware will make choosing the hardest part of your visit. Open daily, 10 am - 5 pm (except holidays). 




  
From plates to planters, teapots to tureens, MacKenzie-Childs designs are alive with individuality. Each piece created by our artisans holds the surprise and joy of the unexpected. Layer upon layer of artistry applied by hand to every inch of surface is our hallmark. And it's what makes every MacKenzie-Childs creation an original. Each handcrafted piece has a unique signature of its own and no two pieces are identical; this is the beauty of our handcrafted ceramics and home furnishings. An artisan's stamp or mark shows his or her contribution to each piece. In some cases, the contribution is a stage in the process, as in ceramics. In others, the application of decorative surface treatment may be the start-to-finish responsibility of one artisan. 




   
The most important element we work with is not clay or wood or paint. It is our artisans. Their signature individuality is happily evident on every piece that bears their stamps and our name. That evidence of the artisan's hand is what makes each piece a one-of-a kind work of beauty and grace. We invite you to get to know them here.  




            


   
Pottery Decorating
Tish is our lead pottery decorator and has been with MacKenzie-Childs since 1993. She knows how to paint every ceramic pattern, including Courtly Check, but she doesn’t have a favorite pattern. Tish is frequently involved in taking a new ceramic design and working on the painting techniques for it. She also handles moving materials within the ceramics department and determines which pieces other painters will paint. Prior to joining us, Tish had a background in ceramics, and she made, painted, and fired Christmas ornaments. She enjoys oil painting and charcoal drawing, too. Tish is known for her creativity and every week she dresses in color-coordinating outfits for calls what she Blue Tuesday and Pink Thursday.  





  

Finishing
Mark, who has been with MacKenzie-Childs since 2012, enjoys the variety of working in our finishing department, which is where furniture pieces get their final signature touches. “Here, I am constantly shifting from one thing to another. It’s hard to catch me doing the same thing twice,” says Mark. His tasks can include everything from decoupaging special papers to a piece to adding knobs, hardware, and our nameplate logo. Mark also floats to other departments, helping as needed and has even stepped into our sewing area, where he helps with upholstery and makes occasional serendipity pieces. When he isn’t working, Mark likes to carve wood, using yew to make figurines that will be game pieces. Each piece can take from 60 to 80 hours to carve. Yew is the perfect wood for carving, Mark says, because it’s strong enough to be highly detailed yet springy enough to be flexible. “It’s almost like carving in soap,” he says. 






  

Pottery Decorating
Rebecca joined MacKenzie-Childs in 1998, drawn by a desire to do something creative. She always has been one of our painters, first in furniture decoration, and now in pottery decoration. For several years, Rebecca has been painting ceramic pieces in The Shop in Aurora, giving visitors the opportunity to see up-close how they are decorated. She knows all our ceramic patterns and her favorite one to paint, she says, is King Ferry, a now retired Taylor ceramic pattern that mixes florals, scallops, and checks. Rebecca also answers lots of questions from visitors about painting techniques and hears many stories about the love of our ceramic products. When she isn’t painting in The Shop, Rebecca preps and organizes products for our two annual event sales, including the Barn Sale. That role expands, of course, in the spring as those sales draw closer.






  

Furniture Decorating
Dawn joined the company in 2004 and holds degrees in advertising and design. She’s worked in three different departments, visuals, where she focused on special projects and spent some time painting at our New York City store; pottery decorating, where she painted patterns on our ceramics; and furniture decoration. Dawn says she likes the variety of what she does, noting that a single piece of furniture can have several techniques on it, from faux marble to gold leaf. She enjoys being challenged and has even taken on painting one of our massive Courtly Check Moose Heads more than once. In her spare time, she is involved in puppetry and makes marionettes, which she uses to perform puppet shows. She would like to establish a program for mentoring children who are also interested in the art of puppetry.






  

Furniture Decorating
Magda joined our furniture decoration department, where she adds hand-painted details and embellishments like gold leaf to our one-of-kind furniture, in 2017. While she doesn’t have formal schooling in painting, it’s something that she picked up rather quickly. She enjoys focusing on larger pieces and seeing them progress to completed products. Outside of work, she finds herself painting as often as she can. She likes to paint her own furniture and has created paintings for her home, too. Magda says there are lots of places around our pretty campus that she enjoys and is most fond of visiting our pond on days when it isn’t too hot.







   

Kiln Room
Mike plays a big role in our ceramics production as he oversees our kiln room. Mike has been with the company since 2008 and has been in the kiln room the entire time. He says he likes everything about his role except that it can get a little hot in the summer being in an environment where temperatures can get as high as 1900 degrees. One of the most important things that Mike does is to arrange the various pieces of pottery on large slabs that are rolled into the kilns for firing. Figuring out what works with what can be a bit of a puzzle, but it’s one that Mike has mastered. There are four different types of firing and most pieces have multiple firings. Mike, who lives in nearby Aurora, says he loves being outside and near Cayuga Lake when he isn’t working.


 




     
Perhaps nowhere does our imagination run freer—or manufacturing become more complex—than in furniture. To translate our design fantasies into MacKenzie-Childs products, we seek out the best production partners in the world. Often, happily, these are right here in our Aurora studio. Sometimes, we go further afield in the U.S. or to other countries to find the best-in-class manufacturers to bring our designs to life. The process of hand-painting furniture and accessories requires concentration, skill, and artist’s eye and hand. Furniture decorators are trained in all painting techniques, and often specialize in one or two. Our furniture is decorated by hand with our signature designs, from painterly landscapes to Courtly Checks, from tiles to dots, decals, and even seashells. Some pieces are created from start to finish by a single artisan. Working from start to finish, a furniture decorator, working with artists' acrylics, gilding, decals, and other decoration may take as much as two weeks to finish one of our larger pieces. 

 





   

           
          





 
 

MACKENZIE-CHILDS LLC

Headquarters:
MacKenzie-Childs LLC
3260 NY-90, Aurora, NY 13026

New York

USA

+1-888-665-1999

www.mackenzie-childs.com


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