Crain Art Studio

About Us

The Three Crains

Cathy - mother

Carie - daughter




We are two generations combining their talents in clay and mixed media.  I, Cathy Crain, am also a painter and a metalsmith.


Our Story

I have been an artist since I was old enough to hold a crayon and draw on the walls.  After attending college as a sculpture major and starting a family, I became a working artist.  I entered the world of advertising and graphic arts where I spent 18 years as President of my own firm in Houston, Texas.

 After my two children, Carie and Ken, went off to college, I moved to Santa Fe, NM where I took a position as Art Director of The New Mexican, the local newspaper and in my spare time, I also began creating wholesale lines of unique garments and jewelry.  Within a year, my spare time venture became full-time and 'Crain Design' was born.

 Eventually I needed help and Carie and her infant daughter, Sharae, joined me in Santa Fe.  Carie and I produced these lines for 15 years. They were were shown and sold in galleries, boutiques, museum shops and fashion events throughout the United States.

I returned to Texas in 2004 and I began a new adventure...a life long dream to become a full-time studio artist.  On a whim, I decided to take a ceramics class at the local community college and loved it!  In fact, I enjoyed it so much I encouraged Carie to take the class as well. After a few years of working and creating in our individual studios, Crain Art Studio was born.

Our work reflects our love of animals and a fascination with color and texture.

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