Economic Development Committee Update, Rick Weinberg, chair, 786-9050

Our new committee is growing fast and is just about done gathering results from our business survey, contact me or ask your Grapevine Distributor for a business survey when she delivers your newsletter.  We held 2 Happy Hour Mixers that were very well attended.  This quarter, we’re  kicking off a resident survey to capture input on new growth in our area.  See the next 2 pages for our resident survey.  We prefer residents complete the survey online at  If you already submitted  a business survey AND you also live in our neighborhood, we want your input from a resident’s perspective.  Our committee’s work is announced to our friends via  Facebook and will soon be an added feature at our website


Community Business Spotlight: Clayworks Studio/Gallery

by Patience Worrel, member of the ECC Economic Development Committee


Clayworks, 1209 East Sixth Street,  has been part of our community for more than 30 years.  John and

Chris Gray, along with graphic designer Stewart Gray,  make architectural ceramics in the form of hand-

made tiles, address numbers, and lighting sconces and other artworks, all on site.  The list also includes

terracotta sun faces, wheel thrown pottery, ceramic masks, and other works of clay, including custom work.

Everything they do is created from scratch, from mixing the clay and glazes to firing the in their own kilns.


Their highly respected work has been used in the Texas Capitol, where they made replicas of historic encaustic tiles, and at Barton Springs pool, for which they created a dedication plaque.  The name tiles installed at the Alumni Center at the University of Texas are also the work of Clayworks. Working with Zavala, Metz and Sanchez students, they donated tiles, talents and held workshops at Pan Am Rec Center for the arch at La Comal Park and Metz School.  See their dancing floor mural at Plaza Saltillo’s band stand.


Over the last 30 years East 6th Street has changed dramatically, a process that has recently greatly accelerated.  In 1998, the businesses on the street banded together to help write our ECC Plan and in 2010 they helped create the East 6th Street IBIZ district (Independent Business Investment Zone), which helps local businesses organize and promote their districts;  Clayworks helped lead the way on creating this district.  When you visit Clayworks to see the shop, workspace, and beautiful products you can also read about the history of the building, which is documented on a new sign installed on the front of the building. Find it nestled in our historic business district at 1209 East Sixth, open M-F 9:30am-5pm and  Saturday 11am-4pm.  See or call them at (512) 474-9551 or

Need a tax deduction?  Desperately Seeking Copier!

El Buen Pastor Early Childhood Development Center’s  copier pooped out and they need one donated, pronto. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit at 1208 Willow Street they’ve served this neighborhood’s children and families for 35+ years, caring for about 85 children each day in 6 classrooms, serving healthy hot meals from a kitchen, and their new curriculum and health program is being considered for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Please call Linda Ruiz-Campos, la directora, at 512-476-4505 if you can help with this critical school need. Thank you ..... si se puede!


$100 Adopt-a-Senior Sponsors Needed!

Eastside Memorial High, formerly Johnston High, needs $100 sponsors to help pay for the Senior Prom.  Students will work for you for a day helping in your business, doing yard work or other simple tasks.

Info?  Call #1 Teacher-sponsor, Yvonne at 414-6176 or email her at

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