Category Archives: Production & Process

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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Handing Down the Art of Calligraphy

Clayworks has been hand lettering clay tiles for decades. Most of the work is done for church, school, and nonprofit “name-tile” fundraising projects. My dad, who had some experience in pen and paper calligraphy, learned to apply the technique to … Continue reading

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Reviving Mud

Written by Alice (the potters’ daughter) The last post from Clayworks here on our blog, Mud was in 2013. I’m not sure what happened in 2014, but I know why there were no posts in 2015, ’16, or ’17. In … Continue reading

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Two Craftsman Sconces

Two unglazed, unfired craftsman sconces are drying on a shelf and waiting to be glazed and loaded into the kiln. We will post photos of the sconces after they have been glazed red-brown, fired and fitted with art glass windows.

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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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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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