is truly a unique structure.
Named for the central circular structure, it’s topped with a dome “hat” outside, painted green. Inside, the central skylight is surrounded by a rainbow wash mural that covers the living area. The inside mural was created using casein washes over clay alis.
Carole has written a book about clay arts, Clay Culture, Plasters, Paints, and Preservation. As I found in further travels, people are using her recipes, accessible from her book, to create their own structures.
Reviews of Carole’s book can be found at chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/clay_culture:paperback/reviews, at Amazon.com, and at an online continuing education site, ceu-hq.com/author/58/Carole_Crews.html.
Her book can be purchased from her website, carolecrews.com, and from Amazon.com.
Did I mention the bas relief green dragons on the outside, along with other statues on the adobe fence and outer walls?
More views of the artistry of Carole’s hand-made adobe home can be found at: ilovecob.com/archive/the-dome and her own website at carolecrews.com
What photos don’t show is how utterly comfortable and endlessly inviting The Dome is and how much it displays of Carole’s art work, not only through inner and outer construction features, but in the interior and upon outside walls—sculptures, wall hangings, bas relief pieces—the feel of your feet on the adobe flooring and the many window framed views of the expansive Tres Orejas landscape afforded by The Dome at every turn and corner.
Carole transformed a first-constructed central structure into an adobe home. Two wings span outward from the central room with a bedding alcove off the central room, kitchen, storage area, bedroom, vanity/closet, and an outdoor room that doubles as outdoor eating and party area with its own extensive arts, nature, landscape and adobe building library, and large outdoor bathing tub, framed by open-air, roofless glass windows that block winds and add an almost classical Greek air and feel.
The central room skylight is ringed with a casein wash rainbow that covers most of the ceiling. A wall-mounted, circular “adobe painting” repeats the spiral imagery and rainbow coloring. A semi-circular alcove area juts out from the central room near the fireplace and serves as a spacious 6’4” diameter sleeping-in-the-round area.
Next to the living area with sleep alcove, and through an open archway, is a small compact kitchen complete with gas stove with 4 burners, sink, shelves, work table, storage areas, and a screen door that slams shut just right.
An adobe box window seat—with a view—invites kitchen visitors to stop and admire the broad valley below and Carson National Forest mountains in the distance across the horizon from left to right as far as the eye can see.
Leading off the kitchen is a narrow storage area curving toward the east sleeping roon past wooden shelves, a deep-set window nook, a large water tank, and a “dry” refrigerator (metal insides, wood outer covering with old-fashioned freezer top/fridge bottom construction)—a true “ice box,” it cools by means of well-placed frozen water bottles and/or ice.
The east has it’s own door to an inner yard area and yet another door off the vanity/closet room leading out to a sheltered area filled with one larger tree and several cultivated saplings.
The largest bedroom window is an adobe rounded, smoothed, flecked-with-mica, box seat facing almost due east. The view from there—the entire expanse of the Taos mountains arrayed across the distant horizon out beyond the broad expanse of valley sliced through by the long, deep, jagged cut of the Rio Grande River Gorge.
The town of Taos sits at a distance across the gorge to the right. Further up into the mountains, Taos Pueblo and ski resorts can be found, along with smaller communities like Arroyo Seco. At night, lights from all of these are visible from the bedroom and kitchen window seats.
The beautiful blue mountains of Taos—row upon row of blue misted peaks span the entire horizon and, really, stretch around for almost 360 degrees, except for the close hills just behind the house. The highest mountain in the area is Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet. Taos itself sits at 7,249 feet.
No wonder I’m still adjusting to the elevation!