Tris Ayers

ayers, tris horse head Tris Ayers transforms raw clay into original hand built clay art. Tris has had many careers including teacher, small business owner, accountant and graphic artist. But her hobbies always included dabbling in various art mediums like oil and water color painting, batik, pottery, sculpting and photography. After retiring and moving into her new home in Kayenta, Utah and returning to her love of clay at the Zia Pottery Studio, Tris has begun sharing her clay art with others through teaching at the studio and selling her work. Her masks are glazed and high fired or fired in the raku method. These vary from rustic to sophisticated or brightly colored and whimsical. She is also the creator of spirit dolls, unique clay characters filled with images of southwestern lore and legends. Her most supportive critic and best studio helper is her husband, Gary, who cuts and polishes many of the stone embellishments. Her masks and spirit dolls are also accented with glass, feathers, driftwood, leather, horsehair, copper, beads and found objects. Her work is constantly evolving and she gets great enjoyment teaching others how to have “fun in the mud.”

Tris can be reached at her studio in Utah at (435) 656-5488, or online at