Clays of central Nebraska: Red Cloud

Expanding on the recently ratified series, we have the Clays of central Nebraska.

The wife and I drove south through Blue Hill to Red Cloud today to look around the community author Willa Cather called home as a child. A very elaborate building stands conspicuously in the small town’s downtown. It was built in 1889 as the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank from native Red Cloud brick.

Red cloud brick

The walls in the entryway bear beautiful original tiles. The glaze on the undecorated tiles is magnificent when observed up close.

Red cloud tile


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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