Current Projects 2012

Hearst Church

It has been a very busy and exciting year for Building in the Past. Besides starting back into ceramics and planning more buildings than I’ve made in the last four years, I have also started web and facebook pages to share my work.

One of my goals when I started this adventure was to recreate at least one 19thcentury historic building from every State west of the Mississippi. Of course I am very influenced by the history of the West and sway heavily towards the more remote areas associated with early settlement. This year’s projects are very challenging. Being that I have a full- time job, which I also love, I do have limited chunks of time to devote to my art. I foresee these current projects spilling into 2013. I have also begun to create smaller pieces in between working on the larger ones. Ruins, a single door or window, or just an architectural detail from my imagination, will give me more opportunity to potentially sell my art at a reasonable price. Of course all of my work is available for sale, but keep in mind that I have an incredible amount of time involved in the larger pieces. If you are interested in one of these pieces, please contact me for details.


treasures in the kiln




Hearst Church photo: Lambert Florin from his 1969 book "Historic Western Churches"











2012 Works in progress;

Hearst Church- Pinos Altos, New Mexico. 1898

The church was constructed with funds from Phoebe Hearst, Niece of industrialist William Randolph Hearst. The building is now a wonderful community centerpiece and serves as the Grant County Art Guild. Formed in 1968, it provides a bond among people sharing the same common interest in fine arts and crafts..

Hearst church taking shape

Hearst church today

Finley Block building- Lake City, Colorado. 1877

National Historic District;

This rough stone building was constructed  by Henry Finley, one of the town founders, in 1877; known as “Stone Trade Palace” when H. & A. Schiffer & Co. operated a general merchandise store; later known as Kraft & Mullin hardware store, Dago Brothers Saloon, and, in 1909, became the home of Silver Star Lodge, No. 10. Nearly all construction materials were produced locally.  Rough boards, dimensional lumber, clapboards, and decorative trim came from local mills. Sandstone for the Finley building was cut from a quarry northwest of the town site. Since 1975, the building has served as the Hinsdale County Museum.

Finley Block Building


fired and tinted finley #2

Photo; Denver Public Library, Muriel Sibell Wolle 1935.

Percha Bank- Kingston, New Mexico. 1884

The Percha Bank is noted for once being the biggest bank in the biggest city in the New Mexico Territory. The town was once seven times bigger than Albuquerque.Despite the fall of the town of Kingston from its great place in the hierarchy, it is still rich in history. The building is now a museum, which aims to preserve and present the available information of the area’s legacy and heritage.


Percha Bank photo by Tom Vaughan


fired and tinted Percha bank shell


Anytown Nevada


Stone store ruins-Silver City Idaho

"gravity" stone store ruins with iron oxide washed doors


Cook Bank ruins-Rhyolite Nevada


ruins- Candaleria, Nevada


wet clay detail Canaleria ruins










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3 Comments to "Current Projects 2012"

  1. Jim DeChambeau says:

    would like to know prices , espically for the DeChambeau hotel

  2. Kathy Crochet-Stursa says:

    I’m so glad you’re getting things out and hope to see you back at the LBCC. Probably summer. K

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