With a shop located in Arroy Seco, named Claireworks, most would know her work with fine jewelry, which might be her main focus, but back in the 1970s when Haye started out, she quickly made a name for herself with clay.

Clay Then and Now is her new showing at the Overland Ranch Compound, bringing back memories for those who knew her early work. However, with the extradentary designs and fine detail, even those who’ve never heard of her are bound to be inspired by the work. The exhibition took place on the 6th of Oct 2018 where she featured new pieces, all of which were created by clay. As described by the press release, her work is just as skillfully executed and whimsical as we’ve had the pleaser of seeing in the finer details she includes with metal.

Viewers Given A Glimpse into Artists Life

The Press release featured many other details about the artist, giving new viewers a history of the exciting works and where she began. It tells readers about the first ten years of her studio live, which were devoted to working with clay as she would roll out sheets of terra cotta and turn them into interesting, intricate sculptures, which was only some of her first work to get her noticed. Not long after, Haye became known as the queen when it came to construction with slabs, especially with the bigger, brighter and more complex designs, some of which stand as tall as 7’. Of course, this is a major achievement for the artist, especially when considering her work began with smaller items such as table tops.

With the creation of the larger sculptures, Haye found a world of new challenges, which doesn’t only relate to the work and creating these magnificent works of art, but also transporting them, especially the larger ceramics, which became one of her most popular categories. During the 1980s, many of her sculptures were acquired by both private and public collectors, including Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza who acquired some of her work and had it flown over to Paris by private jet.

Late in the 1980s, Haye decided to discover new opportunities and widen her abilities within the art world. She didn’t want to become known just for her work in clay but rather wanted to be known as an artist, including poetry, painting and sculptures of other materials. She found herself creating work that involved painting, creating sculptures from bronze and even a few other avenues of art.

From the work she’s done with bronze, Jim Wagner who’s an artist and fellow friend of Haye introduced her to the possibilities of jewellery. She also had the help of Kit Schuetze to get started within the industry.

As we all know by now, Haye went with the jewellery opportunity and actually started off with just pins of silver, which reflected a lot of her earlier work of whimsical figures. In 1997, she opened Claireworks, which remains her primary focus to this day.