June 6th, 1970 is a special day indeed. On that beautiful day, a young lady, born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, married an Iowa farmer turned artist and eventually gave birth to Bracker’s Good Earth Clays (as well as two daughters who both WORK at Brackers). Anne & Bill Bracker enjoyed a whirlwind romance that began in Seguin, TX, blossomed in West Layfayette, IN and finally put down roots in Lawrence, KS. Bill died in 1993, but the legacy of their love lives on in Anne and their children, Anne M & Cindy. It has even expanded to include a son-in-law, David and grandchildren Kelli, Sophie & Daphne. The Bracker’s staff, past and present, and so many of our customers who feel like part of the family have been touched by Anne & Bill, even those who only know Bill by the stories we all tell. To honor this day and their love, we have some special sales and ONE CHALLENGE laid down….
First the specials….
Anne was known for her honey pots, so we’ve got a HONEY of a deal for you….
HONEY DIPPERS are on sale for the next week 50¢ off!
(honey dipper displayed upside down in image on right to show “the business end”)
- Xiem Clay Roller Daisy
- MKM Twig Roller Daisy Branch
- MKM Stamp SMR-004 Embossed Daisy, SCS004 Daisy, SCM101 Daisy SSM102
- MKM mini roller small Daisy Flowers embossed and debossed, and large MRL Daisy Flowers debossed, MRL Daisy Flowers embossed
- MKM Handroller 027 Daisy
- GR Form Rim Template Daisy
- daisy & sunflowers press mold
Anne & Bill both threw pots on Brent Model C Wheels.
So for the next week,
if you buy a Brent Model C Wheel
you will get a box of clay FREE.
That’s one pound of clay
for every year since their wedding day.
Now for the challenge/contest, but first, a little backstory….
You may or may not know that Bill & Anne’s first date ended up being at a junkyard. Bill had PLANNED to take Anne to a nice dinner, but on the way there, he happened to see a big truck full of old band instruments headed the other way down the highway. He whipped a “uueey” and followed that truck to its destination. He convinced the owner of the junkyard to not sell or smash those instruments until he got there the next day. Anne figured this man was either completely insane or he was a genius, and she was absolutely right. He ended up creating an incredible fountain out of old flutes, clarinets, saxophones & trumpets. Bill was always creating treasures from trash. He is well known for some of it, especially his metal spiders and grate people.
Junkyard Challenge Contest Details:
25# of hard clay will be provided to the participant at no charge. What you do with it is up to you:
- you may slake it down and sculpt it from scratch
- you may carve it like a block of stone
- you may use glue, duct tape, bailing wire etc
- you may add found objects
- you may leave it unfired
- you may bring it to Brackers and ask us to fire it
- you may fire it and add surface treatments
- you may use non-ceramic surface treatments
The contest will last 50 days. (That means the deadline is Saturday July 25th, 2020).
don’t hesitate to use your creativity and pull an artistic “uueey” like Bill did
Every participant who completes the challenge will receive a $50 gift certificate to Brackers. Finished artwork becomes property of Bracker’s and may be displayed indoors, outdoors or virtually (all work will be properly credited online)