There’s something going down in the little town south of Austin, Texas… Buda to be exact (pronounced “bee-yoo-da”). The home base of Ampersand Art Supply.
When artists come to visit our manufacturing facility they are quite surprised to learn that we aren’t a huge company with hundreds of people. We are just a small, home-grown company started by an artist with a passion for panel painting – Charles Ewing. Each panel that you paint on is hand-crafted by one of our 35 artisans.
Hand-crafted Goodness from Caring Individuals
We take great pride in knowing that our panels will be a part of your creativity and inspiration.
Here are a few pictures from our factory floor. They show our employees busy at work creating the panels that you see featured at your favorite art supply dealers. We thought you might enjoy taking a peek!
Rebecca checks each panel before moving them into the cutting line. From the moment the raw materials arrive on the dock, they are inspected and re-inspected to ensure that the quality is at the highest level. This inspection is continuous throughout the process.
Veronica is our quality control expert in our “cradle making” area. Before gluing the panels to the cradle frames she inspects EVERY panel for any debris or flaw that might affect your artwork.
Ampersand Production Manager Gerald inspects the gesso coating that’s been mixing for a few days, making sure it is the perfect consistency before it gets applied to the archivally sealed hardboard. Every ground is thoroughly tested and uniquely designed to work with different paints, from oil to watercolor.
Did you know that every cradled panel is checked for squaring at Ampersand? Alma, one of our expert cradle panel makers, checks EACH AND EVERY FRAME before assembly!
Three Simple Words
Passion. Dedication. Love. That’s what goes into each and every Ampersand panel. We craft each panel by hand, meticulously caring for every detail – because your art matters and deserves the best support.
We care about the environment too!
Here’s another noteworthy fact: all Ampersand’s panels are made from FSC certified materials! We want to make sure that our manufacturing practices promote sustainable forests and protect our wildlife, plants, soil and water. We also routinely test our raw materials to ensure artists’ safety and consistency in quality.
No other panel on the market protects your work like an Ampersand panel. Every coated Museum Series panel is protected by our proprietary Archival-Seal™ barrier technology, making them the most archival panels available on the market. We want your work to last. Look for the Archiva-Seal certification label on your panels!