Inspired by New Orleans, influenced by the world, and crafted by hand, Happy Clay is the outflow of artisan Niki Buckley Crosby.
“My work reflects my life; layers of tension, tragedy, survival and celebration.”
Each piece of Happy Clay undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis at both the surface and molecular level. In this transformation maker and material work together to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional piece that serves, beautifies, and makes you Happy.
Every Happy Clay platter, tumbler, vase and bowl goes through an 11 step process of creation. Each objet d’art is cast in a hand-formed mold; then carefully carved, sanded, and imprinted with the passion of its creator. This foundation of surface altering begins the visual signature that distinguishes each piece of Happy Clay long before the fire of the kiln, the weathering of the glazes, or the fusion of the colors ignites its soul.
The ornamental surface layering includes patterns from ancient, wooden textile blocks collected from the nomads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, as well as 500 year old Katagami stencils from Japan. Each piece of Happy Clay is finished with a hand-gilded flourish of 24 karat gold.
Native New Orleanian, world-traveling mother of two, Niki Buckley Crosby perfected her balance of color and motion behind the lens of the camera. Niki cultivated her visually gripping aesthetic as a
professional graphic designer.
Happy Clay is distinctively unique because of its colorful exuberance, influenced by Niki’s years of exposure to the mosaic of color, form, and pattern in the Gypsy homes of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. This aesthetic allows a freedom, rendering and releasing a vibrant energy in every piece of Happy Clay. Elegantly crafted, visually opulent, and non-traditional, Happy Clay is the ceramic voice of Niki Buckley Crosby.