Author Archives: Chris Gray

Life in an Outdoor Studio

Working with clay outdoors puts you at the whim of the weather. The rare, hard freeze can stop production and crystalize and ruin any piece that is not really dry. But during the not-so-rare triple digit highs of summer, work … Continue reading

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The Stagecoach Story

    There was a very personal angle to this summer’s Stagecoach Inn project. The Inn, just down the road from my parents’ home in Belton, was the elegant special occasion place for me and my family. My late husband … Continue reading

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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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