Mosaic Wall Panels of
Artist Made Ceramics and Glass Tile
Susan Ehlers is a self taught ceramic clay artist with 18 years of experience. Connie Whitham, a ceramic artist and her
mentor in California, introduced her to the art. The wheel was Susan’s first interest until she discovered hand-building. With hand-building she knew “This is what my artistic life would be about.”
The last four years working at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Texas has been inspirational for Susan. She has had the opportunity to work with many accomplished ceramic artists whose views, ideas and guidance have given her
work and style new directions and new dimensions. She tries different avenues so her art is never the same.
Susan loves doing special pieces for people with heirloom items or certain ideas in mind. The combining of individual ideas and creative challenges is very inviting to Susan. She tries to combine nature and anything she can get her hands on to make interesting designs and unusual artistic pieces. Susan loves working in clay and cannot imagine her artistic life without it.
Stacia Miller remembers making a few clay projects in elementary and middle school, which never turned out like she had imagined. So when she was required to take a basic pottery course for her art degree at McMurry University, Stacia wasn’t very excited about it. But not long into the semester, she really began to enjoy the medium. She had an excellent teacher who showed her all the wonderful possibilities that clay presents. Stacia proceeded to take all of the pottery classes McMurry offered, and decided to open her own pottery studio one day.
The summer of 2008 Stacia Miller interned with Sherri Jo Adams, owner
of Mudworks Pottery in Boerne, Texas, who also displays at Artisans at Rocky Hill. Sherri Jo taught her that pottery can be a career, not just a hobby.
Stacia started Clay by Stacia in May 2012. She loves producing pottery that is both functional and beautiful. “Everyone can eat off of paper plates, but where’s the fun in that?” Stacia says. Well made pottery is a joy to use in the kitchen and around the home. Stacia loves how handmade pottery turns everyday events, such as meals, into something special.
Stacia enjoys wheel throwing and slab building. She makes all of her own glazes, and likes to experiment with different colors. Her pottery is fired to 2190 degrees in her electric kiln, making it very durable, dishwasher safe, and microwave safe. Stacia Miller hopes you enjoy using her pottery as much as she enjoys making it!
to see previously sold sculptures.
Many of our artists enjoy creating
custom pieces, so please give us a call
at (830) 990-8160 to discuss a custom piece
for your home!
“Splash A Rainbow”
~steel, sycamore, and aluminum~
20″h x 52″w x 15″d
by Barry Bradley
~mesquite turned sculpture~
approximately 30″tall x 5″diameter
by Barry Bradley
Sherri Jo Adams
Sherri Jo began her pottery career 8 years ago by taking some classes from 2 established potters & then continued studying independently. Since then Sherri Jo has won awards in juried competitions, & recognized in ‘Dallas Home Design’ & ‘Richardson Living’ magazines. She continues teaching beginning wheel lessons for adults, works on numerous custom orders, & makes her pottery available through galleries and art shows.
The simple shapes and forms are one of a kind, wheel thrown & hand built stoneware. All pieces are functional
& created with non-leaded clay bodies and glazes. Sherri Jo’s pottery is safe in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.
Sherri Jo‘s inspiration comes from her faith & the works of all artists, no matter what the medium. She enjoys creating forms that can be used & shared among family & friends for generations to come. She wants her art
to be recognized for the love and hope she has for life, and her belief in traditions.
“Pottery making is one of the most ancient arts, & I have always been intrigued by the process & techniques, which are still very much the same. I am mostly inspired by early utilitarian American folk pottery that uses simple shapes & forms. When I work with the earth’s substance, clay, I am able to become an integral part of this world. So, by creating useful pots with my hands for others to enjoy, I am expressing my thanks to God for blessing me with this talent.”
Phyllis was born and reared in Iowa and lived in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Arizona before moving to Kerrville in
2005. She has been particularly inspired by her travels throughout the western United States and by the southwestern landscape near her former home in Arizona. Although she primarily works with clay at this time, she also paints and enjoys fiber art. Both her ceramics and paintings are focused on natural elements, especially trees, flowers and birds.
After completing a handbuilding course with J’Nil Jackson at the Hill Country Arts Foundation she began working regularly at the HCAF clay studio. Phyllis feels that the creative diversity of the artists there has enabled her to greatly expand her knowledge and skills. She has also taken lessons in carving in clay from Linda Nowell. Her ceramic work has been exhibited at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center and galleries in Boerne and Comfort, Texas.
Phyllis has been painting acrylic landscapes for over 35 years and she currently paints weekly with a group at the Dietert Center in Kerrville. She has also been spinning fibers for many years and has worked with wool, llama, alpaca and other fibers. When she lived in Arkansas, she provided a monthly spinning demonstration at Pea Ridge Military Park, a Civil War site. She knits her yarns into sweaters or other clothing items and occasionally felts the yarns for special artistic creations.
“I’m privileged to have the time to play with clay and paint to my heart’s content. I’d be lost without a creative outlet.”
Melinda Collins, a 5th
generation Texan, has had extensive experience both teaching & creating pottery for 25 years. She is a 1977 graduate of the University of Texas in mathematics & biology, and before going to Guatemala, she taught at Kilgore College, a small college in East Texas. She was the director of the Adult Learning Center. In Antigua, Guatemala, she taught claywork, both wheel thrown & handbuilt, to beginners & experienced artists from all over the world. Melinda was featured in the Guatemalan English language magazine, the REVUE
, for her work with native materials & pure jade glazes. She also wrote articles related to ceramica for the magazine.
High points of her work in Guatemala included designing & making porcelain dinnerware for the president of Guatemala, Arturo Arzu, & a Mayan inspired presentation necklace for the current
president of the country, Oscar Berger. While in Guatemala, she operated a gallery of her work, Celadon Galleria de Porcelana, in Antigua. In the fall of 2004, she studied Islamic art & contemporary porcelain in Istanbul, Turkey. Melinda recently completed an article detailing her research with an innovative saggar firing technique to duplicate the fumed reduction lusters of ancient Islamic/Persian pottery.
Her current jewelry collection uses the Japanese technique of nerikomi or neriage (colored clay patterning), combining porcelain & native volcanic basalt, oxides & pigments.
Ron Collins is a retired USAF instructor pilot. A clay artist & potter with a degree in geology, he is an expert in locating jade & was employed by Jades, SA to locate and buy jade in the mountains of Guatemala. He discovered the previously unknown garnets that he reported to the Departmento de Minerales that are now receiving interest. Fluent in Spanish, he grew up with his family in Columbia & Venezuela. On the Discovery Channel, you will see Ron in “Mayan Jade
” when he took the Discovery Channel crew out to the Zacapa area of central Guatemala to find Mayan jadeworking sites and film the process of identifying, splitting & hauling out jade boulders as it was done by the Maya.
Previously residing in the world heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, Ron and Melinda Collins are currently developing new ceramic work and living in Kerrville, Texas.
Hill Country artist, Jane Cox, has been interested in clay for 25 years. Beginning with study at North Texas State University, Jane continued production and experi
mentation in West Texas before moving to the Kerrville area in 2000.
Jane specializes in thrown and hand built pieces delicately hand-tooled or augmented and ornamental sculpted enhancements integrated into the pottery.
Since moving to the Hill Country Jane has been honored in several juried shows including the Hill Country Arts Foundations Regional Art Expo. Her pottery has been shown and sold throughout Texas.
A ceramic artist approaching 20 years, J’Nil Jackson has settled on slab construction in a style she calls, “Classic-Contemporary”, focusing on surface texture and glaze application to express her voice in clay. Using a combination of various self-made stamps, found organic leaves and other elements of nature, J’Nil makes impressions in clay slabs then meticulously hand-builds her large vases, platters and assorted functional ware. Some pieces may take weeks to achieve a specific design or structure.
Each ceramic piece is artistically glazed with an amalgam of spraying, dipping, brushing and/or pouring to achieve its own distinct design. After weeks of preparation each piece is high-fired to stoneware temperature in a gas reduction kiln for up to 14 hours. It’s this firing range and glazing techniques that gives J’Nil’s ceramics its deep and lustrous rich glazed surface, mimicking a landscape of horizons represented by the colors found in nature.
“My inspiration comes from my environment”, J’Nil describes her work, I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country where I am surrounded by some of nature’s best works of art. As any artist should, my work is constantly evolving – experimenting with new textures, shapes and colors, much like the seasons change in nature.”
National and regional award winning, J’Nil’s works are increasingly becoming sought after by ceramic collectors from all over the world.
Dorothy Long has no formal training in art, but took some lessons in painting, and then she came into contact with clay. Dorothy’s initial experience with clay helped her decide that would be the medium for her to pursue. The possibilities of form and texture are endless with clay and there is always another avenue to explore.
Dorothy’s education has consisted of mainly doing workshops with other artists and learning new techniques and methods of working. From this she has come up with her own way of forming pieces. Dorothy mainly does hand built work and prefers using the natural qualities of clay, most of it is unglazed.
“Living where I do, in the Hill Country of Texas, I am constantly aware of nature and the many different textures and forms found around me. They range from the grasses and weeds found along the roadside to the magnificent oaks and other trees native to the area, and to the rocks and hills that seem to be all around.
There are many possibilities of texture and form in working with clay, and these visual images inspire me to try to capture the feeling of some of these natural wonders.”