The Ceremonial Home


The Ceremonial Home is the culmination of Grayson Malone's longtime dream to make affordable original art for the home. Although she does offer a limited number of fine art pieces, the focus is primarily on functional one-of-a-kind works that appeal to those who lean towards Asian influences and Zen minimalism.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have been involved in the Arts nearly my entire life, whether in Fine Arts or Design. I originally was a painter in oils and had many solo shows before veering off into a long career in Building, Furniture, and Landscape Design.

After semi-retiring from the construction and design industry, I began experimenting with metals and concrete. Beginning with concrete counter tops and tables and gradually finding my way back to my fine art roots, but this time in sculpture.

Over a period of 20 years, I have developed a system of combining atomized metals which are very finely ground particles, into a cement matrix. What I have developed is truly a cross-breed of metal and concrete. My work has characteristics and properties of both of those substances. I am (as far as I know) the only one who has perfected this and the only one who has penetrated the fine art community with a "metal infused concrete" medium. I am very proud of this. I do have to chalk it up to my geeky, nerdy, absent-minded-professor persistence, however, to come up with such an obscure method and material!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
By far, my favorite thing is gleaning junk from the shores, landfills, desert floors and just about anywhere I happen to find it. Always with appreciation of the "thing," whether or not I will ever find a use for it.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I have a difficult time trying to figure out how to bring people to my shop and am still trying to get the hang of "shameless self-promotion."

What have you been working on lately?
Along with some Ikebana vase designs, I find I am very caught up in making little Keepsake Urns and Oil Lamps. Some of the keepsake boxes have a separate oil lamp chamber sitting on top of the keepsake chamber. These have been very good sellers on Etsy as well as in shows.

I am currently working on two-part cylinder shaped keepsake boxes without the oil lamp feature. The lids are adorned with interesting and unusual flotsams and jetsams I have collected from the beaches of Northern California.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would most like to receive one of my keepsake urn/oil lamps.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought perhaps a Forest Ranger, Cowboy (definitely not a Cowgirl!), or a Lighthouse Keeper. A solitary, peaceful profession where I could make things in my spare time.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Some of my favorite Shops:
underabluesky (wistful photography)
thenebulouskingdom (incredible haunting imagery)
woolfeltingart
dcmetaldesigns
LaurenRamirez
BirdAndMoonStudio
andescruz
lapaperie
And believe me, so many,many more!

Where can we see your work in person?
I am participating in the Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, June 6-7 and June 13-14. There will be a long awaited sign-up sheet for classes I will be teaching in "Metal Infused Concrete." Participants will be learning mould making, casting and finishing a variety of small object projects.

I am one of the featured artists of the Cecile Moochnek Gallery on 4th Street, Berkeley, California. My work is in the Palo Alto Art Center, Retail Shop; also in Zuma, Pt.Reyes Station, California. I have exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists Gallery; the California Modern Art Gallery; as well as many others on the Pacific Coast of the United States.

I also will be celebrating my 6th year at the American Craft Council San Francisco Show, August 14-16, 2009, at the Fort Mason Center.

What does your future hold?
If I can endure this economic crisis, I will keep improving on what I am now doing, in the hopes that I can leave a legacy for my daughter and granddaughter that they can be as proud of as I am of them.

Visit Grayson and The Ceremonial Home at Etsy or www.cowboy-zen.com