Meet Silhouette Artist Clay Rice

Our favorite son of the South, Clay Rice, will be in our Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley stores this weekend!

This world-renowned artist and children's book author is a favorite visitor of ours, a true gentleman that hails from three generations of extraordinary silhouette artists. Having Clay in our stores always causes a flurry of excitement, for customers and staff alike.

His gentle nature and impish grin immediately put everyone at ease, especially the subject of the silhouette at hand. Even the most restless child suddenly sits still, watching in awe as Clay swiftly trims a piece of plain black paper into a perfect likeness of him or her.

A few minutes and a flurry of scissors is all it takes for Clay to create an original masterpiece to hang in the family home. Taught this unique art form by his grandfather, Carew Rice, Clay Rice is a master 21st century folk artist who still travels the South creating his art.

It's no wonder he was described by author Pat Conroy as a "great talent who combines soul and passion."

As I'm sure y'all know, we Southerners are sticklers for tradition, and taking children to have a hand-cut silhouette is certainly a low country tradition. Walking into a room, seeing a past generation of a family's young children hung alongside the current generation, you know you are in a true southerner's house.

Made popular in the early 1800s, these "shadow portraits" were all the rage, long before the invention of photography. In this digital age, silhouettes have become a lovely reminder of simpler days, as well as a unique heirloom for families to cherish.


As well as his awesome talent as a silhouette artist, Clay Rice is also an accomplished children's book author. His award-winning books combine simple, heartfelt text with absolutely stunning silhouette scenes. Each book hearkens the reader back to the joys of childhood...the mysteries of the moon in the sky, or the inner workings of a child's imagination.


Clay is always happy to sign his books as well, so feel free to bring your favorite to our stores when you see him. If your child hasn't experienced a bedtime story by Clay Rice yet, we always have his titles in stock.


Visit our Event page to reserve a spot today! Can't wait to see y'all!

Missed this event? No problem! Clay visits us a few times every year, so you'll have another opportunity soon!

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