About Us

About Clayworks:

Clayworks Gallery is located at417 N Main St.in historic downtownNewton,Kansas.  It is just north of the RR tracks (famous inNewton) and across the street from the train station.  The unique sign was created by clay students. Each letter is the work of a different person, so each has a personality.

Inside you will find a unique collection of handmade gifts, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, photos & paintings, created by local area artisans.

In addition, Clayworks is a working pottery studio/classroom for adults and children who want to learn how to make their own works of art.  (Ask for a brochure.)  It has also been host for 4H, Girl Scouts, school groups and birthday parties.  We aim to please with custom work.

Ruth Peer:

 I graduated from WSU with a degree in Art Education which provided my first introduction to ceramics. I was hooked. After graduation, I taught art K thru 12 atGoessel,KS. Then worked for a studio potter who was starting his own production business.  This was followed by a real job with an HMO.  But in the process, I took more ceramic classes at WSU and worked in the studio there.  I purchased theNewtonshop from a former student, Brian Voth who had become a professional production potter and set up his studio inNewton.  I now share the space with daughter Judy, granddaughter Branwyn, and some old cats.

I make mostly functional work, thrown on the wheel, and decorated with the glazes we make. I teach the throwing classes.  I want everyone to love pottery as much as I do.

Judy Brees:

 Judy started sculpting in grade school.  She had a real knack for whimsy in her pieces.  Her work was the major factor in the development of our business.  She earned a degree in history at WSU, which has been an excellent background for her work.  She has continued to refine and elaborate her unique style.  For her, clay may become an animal, a structure, or a rescue of a squished (by cats) pot.  Judy is the master teacher for the kid’s clay classes, technically proficient and inspirational. Her specialty is smoking dragons, cats and critter cups and all manner of animals.  Branwyn shows great talent in her work also and has sold her work as well.

Together, we have done many art shows & renaissance festivals, including the KC Renaissance Festival, the Bellevue Arts Museum Art Fair inBellevue,WA,, theTempe,AZArts Fair, and many others.

Other artists whose work is included in the shop are:

Lyda Andrews:

Benton, Kansas

Lyda is multi talented.  Painting is her current focus, with realistic landscapes giving way to more abstract paintings.  She also creates free form pottery reminiscent of sea forms or flowers.  Ponds and plants are on her top priority list.

Kyle Bourget:

Augusta, Kansas

His latest creations are guardian eagles, made of concrete, 3 ft high & heavy, great for gardens & great rooms.   His pottery is unique as well.

Tom Burns:

Newton, Kansas

Tom’s “pot heads” with unique personalities have been shown to cause smiling and everyone will see you coming when you wear one of his no fade, no shrink, tie-dyed T shirts.

Sean Corner:

Wichita, Kansas

Sean is a master of face and figure.  His uniquely titled sculptures are one of a kind.  He does 26 shows a year in the Eastern states.  We are lucky to have some of his work.

Susan deWit:

Wichita, Kansas

She calls her latest creations, scarfettes.  They are decorative mini scarves made of interesting yarns to be worn for pizzazz, not warmth.  She can also flatten your favorite bottle (empty) to make you a serving tray.  Cool!  They come with a cheese knife.  You provide the cheese.

Micki Donnelly:

Wichita, Kansas

Micki is a magic lady when it comes to plants, and her love for them shows up in her beautiful raku tiles.

Gail Lutsch:

Newton, Kansas

Gail’s beaded necklaces are neat when worn in pairs or triplets and her mosaic pins are very different.

Roger Mathews:

Wichita, Kansas

Roger is an all-round artist but silver and stones are his passion.  He teaches 3D art atButlerCountyCommunity CollegeinEl Dorado,KSand does shows all over theUS.

Greg Tompkins:

Newton, Kansas

Greg, a former band teacher, works out of his garage. He takes all kinds of wood and turns it into extraordinary works of art.  His expert piecing of designs is really something to be admired.

Shawn Voth:

Marion, Kansas

KansasMugs are her specialty, but she can put your name on a mug if you like.