When a customer comes looking for a custom sculpture or furniture piece at Texas Design Co., the only thing he or she needs to bring is imagination. Owners Robert and Tina Roach will do the rest.
“We pick your brain (and) extract what’s in there,” Robert said. “You don’t have to have all the answers; you just have to have the ideas.”
The husband-and-wife artist team describes the business as a “working art studio,” which opened in downtown Georgetown west of the Square in September 2015.
Tina has her space near the front entrance where she focuses on painting, crafts and other artwork. Robert works in the back of the studio where he has welding and blacksmithing equipment. Along with making custom pieces, Robert and Tina also sell doors and windows as well as a variety of home decor items and furniture made with reclaimed wood and objects collected at recycling centers and junkyards.
Some pieces are rather eclectic. Tina has a collection of wall decorations fashioned to resemble owls that are made with wooden boards, metal gears and other objects.
Robert’s handiwork can been seen in the several metal yet vaguely humanoid robot statues that stand in various spots around the studio.
At Texas Design Co., Robert and Tina also design and build children’s playhouses and so-called tiny houses, which resemble standard houses but are often just more than a couple hundred square feet in size.
Tina said the recycled nature of the objects she and her husband use in their work is a key component of their business. The couple tries to show how items that have been thrown away can be given new use, she said.
“Even if it’s broken, you can still reuse it,” Tina said.
Robert said artistic value is inherent in almost any object, just as long as one can envision a wide range of possibilities.
“We don’t see things for what they are, we see things for what they look like,” Robert said.
Aside from studio space and retail areas, Robert and Tina Roach also recently created a separate room at Texas Design Co. that will be used for weekly arts classes for clients to learn some of the techniques Robert and Tina use to create the sculptures and other art pieces. Classes will likely cover a variety of art-related topics and are open to students of all ages and skill levels.
Tina said people interested in signing up for classes can find more information by visiting Texas Design Co.’s Facebook page.
403 W. Seventh St., Georgetown
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon.