Big Bend Trading Company

Presenting the 2017 Collector’s Keepsake Ornament

A hand-crafted cloisonné ornament of luminous enamel color and 24-karat gold line work, with custom-designed artwork for the Museum of the Big Bend. Each ornament comes in a silk-lined keepsake box.

Each ornament is a hand-crafted work of art from Kitty Keller Designs, a family-owned Texas company. Click here to see a description of the meticulous cloisonné process.

Note: the photo to the left is a sample ornament. Ornaments with the Museum of the Big Bend’s custom artwork – shown below – are in progress.

Color sketch of 2017 ornament

Big Bend Trading Company

Big Bend Trading Company, the museum’s gift shop, sells books related to the Big Bend and the museum’s collections. It also carries a variety of clothing, gifts and crafts for children and adults including Gorky Pottery, Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds, and Big Bend Collection Candles.

Gorky  Pottery: Gorky González founded Alfarería Tradicional, the first pottery workshop in Guanajito, in order to reproduce and preserve the traditional majolica pottery technique of the region. All Gorky Pottery is food safe according to FDA standards and regulations. The Museum of the Big Bend is the exclusive retail outlet of Gorky Pottery in the Big Bend.

Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds: Charley Harper born on a farm in West Virginia, studied art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he later made his home. For more than 60 years, without computers, Mr. Harper captured color, shape and movement. He uniquely simplified intricate and complex lines through his painted art. Designed by Gold Leaf Design Group and approved by the Harper Estate, each of these birds is a representation of Mr. Harper’s “minimal realism.”

 Big Bend Collection Candles: Created exclusively for the Museum of the Big Bend, these artisanal soy candles were inspired by the desire to bring nature’s calm, serene fragrances of the Big Bend into all environments. Each candle is carefully crafted from start to finish in the USA, using only the finest, locally sourced materials to ensure the highest quality.