Address:
811 Front Street
PO Box 718
Gibbon, NE 68840

Cell: 308-224-5641
Phone: 308-468-6311
800-495-5121 (Nebraska Only)

Shop Hours:
Mon: Noon - 4pm
Tue, Thu, Fri: 11am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 3pm
Closed Wed & Sun

Welcome to Creative Art Forms

Ray & Donna McLaughlin are so pleased you found your way to Creative Art Forms online.  Creative Art Forms currently has over 7,000 molds to produce greenware or bisque.  centrally located in Gibbon, Nebraska, Creative Art Forms will celebrate their 25 Anniversary year in 2017.  We have five kilns to get your firing done.

History

"LOVE Mug", 1969 Duncan mold

Ray’s very first mold, “LOVE Mug”, a 1969 Duncan original.

Ray has been casting greenware for too many years to remember.  Beginning at the USAF Custer airbase (Battle Creek, MI), Ray learned to pour molds as a hobby.

After being transferred to Clark Airbase (Philippine Islands), the base Hobby Shop, didn’t have the newer molds, and greenware was of such poor quality, that many were dissatisfied.  Motivated by the potential, Ray started started with one mold, Duncan’s “LOVE Mug” was an iconic symbol of the times.  It was small and easy to pour.  Pouring the “LOVE” mug one piece a day was not enough to satisfy the need or desire.  Ray began buying new molds and having them sent from the states, slowly building his collection. Soon there were other molds (an Owl Bank, a small chess set, and a nativity) and a “small business” was opened on the enclosed porch his house.

After four years in the Philippines, it was time to return to the U.S.  The now modest collection of molds was too heavy to send home in his whole baggage, so Ray donated his collection the Hobby Shop.  All except that “LOVE Mug”,  that one mold had special significance.

Fast forward to the summer of 1991.  Ray was having his morning coffee, and read a “classified ad” proclaiming “Ceramics Business; molds, paints, kilns, supplies, all must go.”  Ray made the call, and then bought everything from an estate sale in Kansas.  For over a year everything was packed away in two different garages.  Then in 1992, Ray and Donna rented their first building on Front Street (a couple doors down from their current location).  Creative Art Forms was born.  After a few years, the growing molds collection had them thinking about a larger location.

Today the molds are from many different companies, Dona or Maiden Fire, Kimple, Scioto, Duncan, Provincial, Riverview and many more.  In addition you can purchase Duncan Stains, Mayco Glazes, underglazes, and most items you need to finish your projects.

We will ship bisque, but if your not to far away, stop in and Donna will instruct you in many ways to complete that project yourself.  You would be surprised just how easy it is to complete your very own “masterpiece.”  Stop into our storefront operation and say “hi”, or sit down for a cup of coffee and chat.

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