From the album ~ Songs from the Jon Boat

South Carolina Lowcountry native, Clay Rice, an internationally known silhouette artist, is also a song writer and musician. Clay has been described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion.” Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist” and traveled worldwide, sharing his mesmerizing cutouts with delighted customers. Songs from the Jon Boat is Clay’s way of putting his story telling talent to music.

The Jon Boat song is a ballad about the relationship between a boat, father, and son.

clay in the jon boat

Clay Rice. Silhouette Artist. Song Writer. Musician.

Clay Rice.  By day, he’s a world renown silhouette artist, a talent passed onto him by his grandfather and father.  By night and weekends, he’s pursues his passion of music.  Oh, and when time permits, he enjoys writing children’s books.  Truth be known, each of his songs also tells a story.  Clay grew up on the waters of the South Carolina Lowcountry.  His song, The Jon Boat, tells the story of an old jon boat, and the role it played in three generations of men in his family.  You’re My Island, tells of his love for his wife.

Poet, Carl Sandburg described Clay’s grandfather as, “the world’s greatest silhouettist.”  Author, Pat Conroy, described Clay as “a great talent who combines soul with passion.”  Those of us fortunate enough to know Clay, would describe him as simply a great husband, father, and friend that has been blessed to be a very talented man with his priorities in place and his feet planted firmly on the ground.

If you’re going to be in the Charleston area next Saturday, May 26, plan to catch Clay in concert at the Isle of Palms Marina.