Author Archives: Chris Gray

Branded Sconce

A customer ordered 7 sconces with a custom design; a Texas ranch brand.  They provided a thumbnail image.  We took it into Adobe Illustrator, traced it and saved it as a vector file.  Then it was scaled to fit the … Continue reading

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Consider the Grackle

“The grackles crack their throats of bone in the smooth air.  Moisture and heat have swollen the garden into a slum of bloom.”—Wallace Stevens The Grackle is an unavoidable part of the soundtrack and setting of Austin, Texas.  When we … Continue reading

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Clayworks 2011

After a couple of rocky years, we feel like we we’re back in business in here at Clayworks. Our projects in 2011 represent the range of sustaining work we need, from custom tile to lighting, murals, signage and restoration. Here … Continue reading

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Chisholm Trail Mural

Here’s the finished Chisholm Trail Museum mural, all set and grouted, ready to be picked up.  Robert Anderson Landscape Architects contacted us a few months ago for a 30-in. square floor installation for the museum courtyard showing the path of … Continue reading

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Wedging green clay

The pigmented clay we sometimes use is generally mixed by hand.  John is wedging green clay–pigmented with chrome–for a floor medallion.

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Trail Mural

This is the design for a 30-in square courtyard floor mural we’re making for the Chisholm Trail Museum in Cuero.  The pigmented clays we are using are colored throughout rather than glazed on the surface, so that foot traffic can … Continue reading

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Embossed Diamond Light Fixtures for Mississippi

We’re making pendulum light fixtures for a Mexican restaurant in Gulfport, Mississippi.  The style is the embossed diamond so often favored by Mexican restaurants (Nuevo León, Serrano’s, and the old Rosie’s Tamale House in Austin for example).  Gulfport’s La Sombra … Continue reading

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