The Clay Casa ceramic workshop encourages creativity among friends
From left to right: Kyla Trlica, Cori Cano, owner Sandi Kirkwood, Marla Acker and Lacee Mims make up the Clay Casa team. Kirkwood bought the company in 2014. (Eric Weilbacher/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clay Casa in historic downtown New Braunfels offers a wide selection of terracotta ceramics that customers can paint, whether it’s for a party, date night or an afternoon out.
Owner Sandi Kirkwood opened her first ceramic painting studio in San Antonio in 2001 but sold it in early 2020. In 2014 she purchased Clay Casa of New Braunfels.
“This one was started in 2004 by a friend of mine,” Kirkwood said. “I heard she was going to sell it, so I called her and wished her luck and she [asked]’Do you want to buy it?’”
Clay Casa customers choose from a variety of figurines, dishes, ornaments and other types of pottery to paint however they wish. Additionally, mosaics can be made with pieces of glass, tile, and stone.
“One thing about ceramics, they’ve been around for thousands of years,” Kirkwood said. “I think that’s one of the things that appealed to me was that there were so many options.”
Some 60 non-toxic paint colors are also available to choose from. Kirkwood said the paint is also easy to remove if it comes in contact with clothing or skin.
“Once it dries, it flakes off right away, which makes it really nice for kids if people are scared of that,” Kirkwood said.
The price of parts ranges from $10 to $120 and includes everything needed. Online orders can also be painted at home and returned to the store for glazing and firing in one of the store’s ovens.
Although Kirkwood said walk-ins are a big part of her business, she recommends booking on weekends to secure a spot on busy nights.
Group bookings can be made for birthdays, parties or other events. Clay Casa is also popular for parties and birthday parties, Kirkwood said. Art studio patrons can also bring their own adult snacks and beverages to fuel their artistic fire.
Kirkwood said Clay Casa provides a relaxed atmosphere for new customers and regulars.
“We have become really good friends with a lot of people,” she said. “People feel at home.”
301 W. San Antonio. Ste. 122 New Braunfels 830-629-5475. www.claycasanewbraunfels.com
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-6pm; Fri, 10am-9pm; Sun, 1pm-6pm