Hi. I’m Tris and sculpting clay is what I love. I am a mixed-media artist who transforms raw clay into original hand built clay art with additions of driftwood, semi-precious stones, copper, leather, horsehair, feathers, beads and found objects such as rusted metal.
I have had many careers including teacher, small business owner, accountant, and graphic artist. But my hobbies always included dabbling in various art mediums like oil and watercolor, batik, pottery, sculpting, and photography. After moving into my home in Kayenta, Ivins, Utah in 2001, I returned to my love of clay at the Zia Pottery Studio. In 2012, we added a larger studio to our home and I began offering small clay classes and spreading the joy of working with clay.
My masks and spirit figures are glazed and high fired or fired in the raku method. These vary from rustic to sophisticated or brightly colored and whimsical. I make unique clay characters and cactus totems filled with images of southwestern lore and legends. My most supportive critic and best studio helper is my husband, Gary.
Gary Ayers has handcrafted silver jewelry that features southwest contemporary motifs with figural and geometric symbols of nature in abstract. After a career in the corporate world with numerous moves around the country and several years of silversmith classes at various colleges, Gary has expanded his fifteen-year hobby of silversmithing into a passion of producing works that reflect his love of the southwest.
Living and creating in his studio in Kayenta, Utah, Gary is inspired by the red cliffs and desert that he views from his workbench window. Working in tandem with his wife Tris, they add his hand-cut semi-precious stones, exquisitely finished driftwood and etched and hammered copper embellishments to create one-of-a-kind clay sculptures.
Gary uses stone in the rough from around the world and hand cuts and polishes each to fit the individual piece. He often etches images of a petroglyph or pictograph on the copper that the artists have found on one of their many hikes across the southwest.
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