Billy Ray Mangham

I have been working in clay for over 30 years now.  Each day brings new problems and challenges, and each day working with clay brings excitement and hope for the future of mankinds as I do my little part to patch together a civilization from the earth.  I have specialized in raku for the past 20 years. Most of my work is put together with nails and pins fashioned from nichrome wire.  My work is almost entirely sculptural.  “Work hard and have fun” has been my motto from the beginning. Those two ways of being guide me and neither is worth anything without the other.


My wife Beverly is a found object sculptural artist.  Together, we have exhibited our work at juried arts and crafts shows across the nation for nearly twenty years.  Our venues have included ACC shows in Baltimore, Chigaco, and San Francisco, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and many shows throughout Texas.


I am one of the five founders of the Texas Clay Festival held yearly in Gruene, Texas. The year 2011 will be our nineteenth year to present a showcase of more than 50 clay workers.  I have taught workshops at the Mechosin Summer School for the Arts in Vancouver, Laloba Ranch in Colorado, Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, U.T. Tyler, Southwest University in Georgetown, Cedar Vally College in Dallas, S.F.A.S.U. in Nacogdoches, and many workshops here in my studio.  I am the founder and director of the Eye of the Dog Art Center.


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