Inspired by New Orleans, influenced by the world, and crafted by hand, Happy Clay is the outflow of artisan Niki Buckley Crosby. 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.