MARK & KAREN KLAY
The Klays combine their talents to create extraordinary Kachina figures, ceremonial masks, and ancient looking pots from the ordinary gourd. Drawing from their years of collecting Indian artifacts, they are able to recreate a broad spectrum of authentic designs from various Native American cultures as well as to execute colorful contemporary patterns.
Mark, the son of painters, was born in Ohio and moved with his family to California in 1962. His lifelong interest in primitive art began at an early age with the collection of pieces that spoke to him.
Karen, a California native, expressed her interest in art early in her schooling. Over the years, she applied her talents to ceramics, watercolor, calligraphy, and jewelry making. It was after she met Mark in 1979 that she began to explore American Indian Art.
The Klays became interested in gourd painting during the 5 years they spent in North Carolina.