About Romy & Clare
Long before their professional training at Herron School of Art and Design and Depauw University respectively, Romy and Clare played
together as children with mud and paint, flowers, forests, cats, kittens and colorful
chickens. Now Romy Kissel and Clare
Backer-Bies are working mothers and lifelong friends who enjoy creating elegant
and fun-spirited functional works of art.
In their Jasper, Indiana studio, formerly a one hundred
year-old grainery, they create their bold whimsical designs. Their design and inspiration begins with
their hand painted pottery and a rich vibrant color palette. Their designs are
then developed into other mediums such as jewelry and mixed-media clay wall
They have hosted several public workshops in the process of
creating community art and continue to be active and engaged in their
community. Romy and Clare also have
created commercial clay and mixed-media mosaic installations. Their work can be found in retail stores
nation-wide and on the internet.
Romy and Clare work together in a true collaborative manner
on each design. Each piece holds the
personality of both designers, yet does so in a balanced and unified manner. They continue to explore their world with an
unquenchable curiosity and collaboratively evolve their designs in happy
"We enjoy working with bright bold colors in our graphic and
organic designs. Our favorite mediums
are earthenware pottery, jewelry, and mixed media clay wall art.
You may find many different techniques and materials in our
work, such as hand-carved clay, raku fired stoneware, special glazing
techniques, and mosaic embellishments of glass, semi-precious stones, and
We love what we do and we do what we love. We hope you enjoy our work as much as we
enjoyed creating it!"