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Possibilities are Endless at The Barn

By Jake Levin

Clay takes the form of the artist that makes it, according to Angie White. Handmade pottery is the gold-medal attraction at The Barn, Kyle and Angie White's art studio in the Gruene area of New Braunfels, Texas.

The studio is located in an actual barn which dates back to the 1870s, in a laid back atmosphere that meshes well with its surroundings in Gruene's Historic District. The pottery is primarily handmade on site, but upwards of eight other potters from around the Lone Star State also showcase their work at The Barn.

The emphasis on locally made work is important to the Whites, who also display handmade wood utensils, and on occasion, featured painters.

"All potters start out with a lump of clay. After that, the possibilities are endless and the clay takes on its own form from the artist that is making it," Angie White said. "This allows each person to be individually as creative as they want to be."

The ceramics studio is attached to the store, in part so that visitors can view the work from its inception as that lump of clay.

The Whites, who are co-owners of the business, hail from Wichita, Kan., potters by trade. They are continuing the tradition of producing and displaying high-quality local art, a practice first started by Angie's aunt and uncle, Dee and Terry Buck, in 1982.

"We happily took over the family business," Angie White said.

The Annual Texas Clay Festival is the signature event held at The Barn, occurring yearly on the fourth weekend of October. Over 70 potters from across the state congregate in Gruene to sell their work, demonstrate their craft and spread their love of clay with the community.

To learn more about the Whites and The Barn, visit the studio's website, www.thebarningruene.com.

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