Deep In The Heart Art Foundry


Past, Present, and Future

Nestled in the Lost Pines of Central Texas, Deep in the Heart Art Foundry was established in 1980 in the heart of downtown Bastrop. Over the ensuing years, we earned recognition as a small facility with excellent craftsmanship and a friendly staff. In 1999 after the foundry was purchased by Heart of Texas Art Group, Inc., we began a period of tremendous expansion, beginning with the move to a larger facility on a beautiful 4-acre tract of land in the Bastrop Industrial Park in 2002.  Since that time, we have continued to grow, and now encompass more than 22,000 square feet of production space and offer services that range from conception to installation.

Our work is registered with the Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventory

About Us

Clint Howard

Owner, Clint purchased the foundry as Heart of Texas Art Group, Inc. in 1999.  Prior to joining the foundry, he studied sculpture and jewelry at Texas State University, where he was a teaching assistant for the sculpture department and ran the university’s foundry for 3 years.

An artist at heart, Clint is a sculptor as well as a businessman.  In recent years, he has created a life-size moose for the Columbus Ohio Zoo,  a heroic-scale firefighter entitled “In Moments Valor” for the Bastrop Fire Department and the Iconic Buc-ee found all around Texas at most Buc-ee's locations.


Ashley Garza

A graduate of Blinn College, Ashely joined the foundry team in March of 2011. Her impeccable organization and customer service skills help keep the Foundry organized while providing superior service to our clients.







Jamie Howard

A graduate of Texas State University, Jamie has worked at the foundry since 1999, during which time she has served as the company’s payroll clerk, waxroom manager, delivery driver, and gallery director.  She currently serves as the head of finance and administration for the foundry.   








Rebecca Barker

 Head Patineur and Conservator, Rebecca Barker came to the Foundry in 2004  after graduating from ACU with a degree in sculpture. She has moved through most of the departments in the Foundry before she found her true calling in patina. Now she is recognized as one of the top patineaurs in the country.







Jake Jurkovac

Head of both the Enlarging and Moldmaking departments, Jake has been with  the foundry since 2005. Clint and Jake met at Texas State in 1996, where Jake graduated with a degree in sculpture.  Over the last 9 years Jake has made over 1000 molds and enlarged over 20 monumental sculptures that have been installed all over the county.





Gwyneth Howard

The youngest member of the foundry team, this beautiful little lady was born on April 2, 2010.   Her easy smile and engaging personality will undoubtedly ensure she has a bright and exciting future with the foundry.