Author Archives: John Gray

About John Gray

Born in 1949. Lived in Corpus Christi, Texas until left for University of Texas in Austin. BA History 1971. Married to Chris Gray 1970. Stewart Gray son. Alice Gray daughter. Began interest in Clay in College. Built first potters wheel from kit found on Whole Earth Catalog. Still trying to improve my clay working abilities. Enjoy practicing Spanish. Sailing small boats and canoeing are still interesting. A family member has tuberous sclerosis so I am interested in research into a cure for this disease.

Making a Tile Address Plaque

Making a tile address plaque begins with the mixing of clay. We buy clay that has been mined, dried, pulverized, screened and shipped to our local clay supplier.  These various clays come from various parts of the country, but since … Continue reading

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Getting ready for EAST

November 2, 2009. The East Austin Studio Tour is  coming soon. It begins the weekend of the 14th and 15th and continues the next weekend of 21st and 22nd. Various events will be happening the days between.  Information should be … Continue reading

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Bluebonnets sprout in clayworks garden

In Austin, Texas the bluebonnet seeds begin to sprout in the early autumn . They bloom in the very early spring , depending on the amount of rain. I have heard tell of Bluebonnets growing in Massachusetts but I don’t … Continue reading

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The finished address number plaque

The finished plaque waiting to be picked up and installed on our client’s front porch. See more our work at

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Grouting the address plaque

Here are some photos of Chris grouting the number plaque. Chris is using a float to smear the plaque with grout and push the grout between the tiles. She has used masking tape to protect the tiles from the grout … Continue reading

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large house numbers

I thought our readers would like to see this house number plaque as it gets finished. the client chose the 6 inch number tiles surrounded by two shades of green square 2 inch tiles. In the  picture they have been … Continue reading

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Custom stall plaques for a horse barn

We’ve carved the original, cast the mold and fired a sample for a client who ordered  plaques labeling nine stalls for her horse barn.   We now have approval from the client to make the rest. The commission began with … Continue reading

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