Metal Art Gets Nationwide Attention

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 08/10 2014 08:30PM

Updated 08/10 2014 10:54PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A local artist is combining welding, plasma cutting, and drawing to create a kind of art that many have never seen.  And now this artist has started a business with this unique art.  Clay McCreary owns Clay's Metal Art in St. Joseph.  A shop that creates sculptures and wall art.

"I can pretty much draw and cut anything you give me or an idea that you give me and make it happen with about any color of the spectrum that you want," said Clay's Metal Art Owner Clay McCreary.

"There's nobody on the planet that does that kind of art.  So I sell to art galleries all across the country," said McCreary.

McCreary has always loved free hand drawing.  But once he transitioned into cutting sheet metal everything fell into place.

"Doing it free hand, you've got the world, the sky's the limit.  You can do anything you want and do it right then.  No programming, no nothing.  Turn it on, get at it," said McCreary.

Clay's Metal Art opened two years ago and has seen nothing but success.  Clay says that constant orders have had him backed up about 4 months.

"It's my passion, it's what I love to do and every piece is different.  Every day is different.  So we can do stuff that I don't even know what I'm going to be doing until I start doing it and it comes to me," said McCreary.

Clay works alone right now, but says he hopes to train a new artist in the future.

"That makes it a little tough at times when you're doing it all yourself but it's impossible to train somebody to do what I do.  So I can only do so much so fast," said McCreary.

And because of all of his recent success, Clay has hired an agent.  One that he hopes will expand his unique art even further.

"He's going to open a lot of doors internationally that's going to be pretty amazing for CMA.  I'm pretty excited to see what the road ahead is," said McCreary.

Clay expects to start selling internationally as early as the next 6 to 12 months.

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