Working studio, New Orleans & Mississippi architectural pieces in clay
One of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Old Town, Clay Creations is the brainchild of artist Jenise McCardell, who’s been fashioning small ceramic sculptures of regional homes, schools and churches along the Gulf Coast since 1980. The business has become a family affair through the years, as McCardell’s been joined by her husband, potter Mark Currier and daughter Devon.
“People collect memories through my art,” says McCardell. “My favorite creations are custom pieces I make for customers who provide photos of their homes or businesses.”
Clay Creations are handmade sculptures primarily of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The pieces are sculpted from white clay, hand-painted and fired twice in a hire temperature kiln. Countless unique pieces from over 1,000 different Clay Creation designs have been formed over the years. They include homes, churches, schools and businesses. Some of which just “ain’t dere no mo!”
Both the Clay Creations working studio and gallery – where over 1000 different designs are on display – are located at 220 Main Street, in Gallery 220. McCardell owns the show-stopping art deco building, sharing the space with over twenty other artists in the cooperative venture.
McCartle and her husband Mark Currier became local heroes after Hurricane Katrina when they hastily made repairs to their building and hosted a Second Saturday gathering only weeks after the storm devastated the coast. The event was so healing, the couple opened their doors every Saturday evening for the next several months, giving the exhausted survivors an opportunity to come together as a community, and giving local artists a venue to show and sell their work.