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ClayWays Gallery represents about
30 Central Texas and nationally known potters

Andrea Barbosa, Mimi Bardagjy, Don Bebout, Bell Pine Art Farm, Don Brimberry, Deb Dixon, Elka, Cindy Haenel, Gary Hanson, Cheryl Hardy, Tom Hicks, Jennifer Hill, Kathy Hull, Stan Irvin, Sandy Krutsinger, Vera Massaro, Diana Melancon, Dorie Mickleson, Motawi Tileworks, Ronald Newsome, Susan Page, Lisa Pettit, Julie Spako, Xochitl Shuey, Michele Simpson

Andrea Barbosa, Javelina Ranch

Born and raised in Austin, it's hard to believe that I only found ClayWays last year! I've been an ardent student since then, as well as employee, and I'm so excited to finally be a part of the gallery. Every Javelina Ranch piece is lovingly made right here at ClayWays. I take great pride in my work and the time and care that goes into it. Small batch pottery has become my specialty, my mission, and it's my hope that you find something beautiful & functional to add to your home.

To stay updated on the daily happenings follow @javelinaranch on Instagram!

Andrea Barbosa

Mimi Bardagjy

Porcelain Vessels—An Artist’s Statement

I hand-build my vessels from porcelain using the pinch-pot method, which results in an organic quality that reflects my touch. After the pieces are dry, I carve them to refine and delineate their shapes. This is a simple, direct, and meditative way of working. My love of the seashore influences my work; my pieces mirror the flowing lines of seashells and seedpods. My latest series suggests bones and carapaces that may have tumbled ashore.
Ceramic SeedpodsCeramic Seedpods

Don Bebout—Watercolors

Bebout CeramicsMy interest in painting began many years ago while I was still a research geologist with Exxon Production Research in Houston and later the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. I then was painting with oil paints.

Later while I was still working at UT my artistic inclinations turned to pottery. When I retired in 1995 I became a full-time potter. My work was distributed at art galleries and gift shops, primarily in Central Texas and at art festivals across the United States.

Recently, because of back problems, I had to quit making pottery. Soon after I moved to San Antonio in the spring of 2015, I switched to watercolor painting, after taking a couple courses to learn the special techniques of that medium. I had already developed an interest in Pecos River Indian cave art and had used that art as a subject of a line of my pottery for several years. When I switched from pottery to painting I retained that interest. I also began to add examples of the southwest Texas vegetation, especially ocotillo bushes and prickly pear cacti, sometimes including them in paintings with the Indian shaman cave drawings.

I’m still experimenting with painting the Green Anole lizards which were part of another successful line of my pottery. I remain fascinated by the agility and friendliness of those lizards.

As a sideline I am also painting birthday and Christmas cards for personal use.

Painting watercolors is fun and challenging!

Deb Dixon

Dixon AssortmentDixon Assortment I have loved pottery since teenage years and always yearned to learn the craft. Shortly after moving to Austin in 2004 I discovered ClayWays and it’s wonderful community of teachers, students, and resident clay artists.

Although I do not have any formal education in ceramics, I feel I’ve found my creative niche and my passion for clay thrives as I continue to learn and develop my skills. It is a precious balance to my professional life in the IT Industry.

The type of pottery I produce is primarily wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain. I occasionally dabble in combination hand-built and wheel thrown projects, and I enjoy incorporating reed and bamboo materials into my pieces. I’ve discovered that I have a particular passion for carving my thrown pieces because the process of carving is somewhat meditative.


Elka Portrait

When Elka met clay, it was love at first touch. She was a Brownie Scout and her project was a hand-built dish modeled from leaves. Later, Elka slip-cast ceramics at the Coral Gables Youth Center. While earning an art degree at the University of Miami, she did more hand-building and her professor said her style was like the Mound builders. Eight years ago, Elka renewed her relationship with clay at ClayWays Pottery Studio & Gallery in Austin. She has her own ceramic company, called ELKA keramik, and makes ritual pottery, such as spirit rattles, rune sets, reliquaries and altar ware. Her love of ceramic arts extends worldwide and she gleans design motifs and influences from many cultures. Elka is also an avid collector of pottery and clay art objects from Mexico, the American Southwest, Europe and Asia.

Elka Spirit Rattles
About Elka's spirit rattles:
Spirit rattles are ancient instruments. Shamans use the rattle’s voice to call Spirits, asking them for help, power, healing, knowledge, and wisdom. A spirit rattle is a tool for creating sacred space, clearing negative energy, or actively meditating and relaxing. Rattling can be part of your spiritual practice as well, transporting you beyond your daily cares. Its sound and rhythm will fill your heart with bliss. Elka handcrafts spirit rattles that excite the senses of sight, touch, and hearing … and often the sixth sense, too. She frequently includes small creatures in her designs as a reminder of our connection with all Life—the source of joyful music.


Cindy Haenel

Ceramics by Cindy Haenel I love all kinds of art. I enjoyed drawing and painting classes when I was young. My first exposure to clay art was with hand builder Mike Quinn in the early 90’s, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve taken classes from many different and wonderful teachers at Laguna Gloria and Clayways in the last 15 years, learning something new from each one.

I moved to Austin in 1983 from Alvin, working with restaurants and caterers specializing in signature presentations and events. In 1996, I began my career at Central Market North Lamar. I’ve spent the last dozen years there teaching classes in the Cooking School, including the ever-popular Knife Skills 101.

I love to apply textures to clay. I love finding new doilies and other items to create unique designs. Carving leather-hard clay is nearly as fun, but it’s hard not to get carried away! I prefer whimsical sculptural pieces over functional ones.

Cheryl Hardy

Ceramics by Cheryl Hardy Curious about ceramics and pottery as a child, frequent museum visits centered around African, Japanese and South American exhibits always left Cheryl wondering what it would be like to create a vessel with a bit of earth, two hands and a potter's wheel.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she migrated to Austin, TX in 2005. With no formal education in ceramics, she finally decided to indulge her “clay curiosity” by attending local workshops and sought instruction under the tutelage of the incredible potters based in central Texas. She enjoys creating work that is practical and personal. The influence of the cultures that fascinated her as a child can still be found in her fondness for texture and simple form. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, working professionally as a communication and marketing executive in the tech industry. When she's not at work, you can probably assume she's at ClayWays, continuing to learn and grow in clay. Ceramics by Cheryl Hardy Ceramics by Cheryl Hardy

Tom Hicks

As a young boy Tom enjoyed drawing and painting. But when it was time to go to college, he decided to be practical and majored in business and history. After service in the Navy he started a career in banking and accounting.

Tom Hicks ceramicsBut through the years Tom took workshops and classes in painting, printmaking, stained glass and drawing. While in Houston, he even took a class in clay sculpture. In Christy Rodgers' tile class at ClayWays, Tom discovered he could paint on clay. He used underglazes, glazes and the texture of the clay itself to create images and effects. He also studied at Austin Community College with Sharon Smith. His first efforts were paintings of dogs on tiles. He graduated from tiles to platters and bowls. He discovered floral designs.

Tom retired in 2001. He began to devote more time to his clay. He attended majolica workshops at Santa Fe Clay and at the Southwestern Craft Center in San Antonio. He tried earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Some efforts worked and some didn't. Tom Hicks ceramics

In 2005 he moved to Lubbock to be closer to his parents. But he still works in clay and has found joy in creating his clay. Where else can a 60 something man still play in the mud?

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill Jennifer Hill is a studio potter who has taught in a variety of settings across the country. She uses wheel throwing as well as unique hand building techniques to make objects that are a satisfying and unexpected tactile experience. When forming her work a natural flow is created by building and stacking textural bits, similar to how plant life grows in repeating layers. Her wheel-thrown pots are often smooth with impressed patterns that travel around the vessel. She especially enjoys making objects which reference a specific function, are technically utilitarian, but are designed with an unusual and sometimes perplexing structure for use. Working in both porcelain and stoneware, she utilizes wheel throwing and hand forming techniques.

Ceramics by Jennifer Hill Jennifer’s work has appeared in numerous solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. She earned an MFA in ceramics from Utah State University, Logan, and a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, her home city. In between, she attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, for a post-baccalaureate study and was an assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. After graduate school, Jennifer was the artist-in-residence and an instructor at Chester Springs Studio in Pennsylvania where she also taught at a small college, and later moved to Oregon to teach at Portland Community College and Multnomah Art Center.

Kathy Hull

Kathy Hull ceramics

I had always been drawn to handmade pottery. Every time I picked up a piece of pottery, I would feel something stirring inside. Even though I had never taken an art course in my life, that feeling would stir when I would be around pottery. I gave into that curiosity by taking my first pottery class 15 years ago. Since then I have been learning, growing, and exploring the craft. When I see something, I like to imagine how I could incorporate it into a piece of pottery. I will see patterns in a leaf, or texture on the trunk of a tree, and be inspired. I have no specific style but there is always pleasure in making whatever it is that I have my mind set on. My pieces might be hand built, textured, organic pieces with vibrant colors or they could be wheel thrown with more subdued colors. The places one can go with pottery are endless. I am touched when I sell a piece of mine, as I feel that what started from an unformed bit of clay turned into useful piece that has traveled on to another person for their pleasure. Pottery for me is a kind of primitive, spiritual journey connecting the earth to the person. I can only hope that when a person purchases a piece of pottery they, too, will reflect on the connection a handmade piece can bring.

Stan Irvin

Stan Irvin ceramics

Stan set up the ceramics program at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas in 1974 and taught ceramics courses there until 1976. After receiving his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Texas at Austin he started the ceramics program at St. Edward's University in 1976. As Associate Professor of Art, Stan is the Art Area Coordinator and Director of the Fine Arts Exhibit Program at St. Edward's. Stan has also taught numerous classes in wheel throwing, at the Daugherty Art Center in Austin and advanced classes in wheel throwing and glaze formulation at Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Texas, and at Clayways in Austin.

Irwin Pots Maintaining his studio in central Austin, Stan focuses primarily on high temperature, single fire stoneware vessel forms. He is a member of the National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts, The Texas Association of Schools of Art, and is an active member of Greater Austin Clay Artists.

Though clay continually reminds me of the value of rhythm and commitment in ones life and work, taking time for playful experimentation is often what is most fulfilling. The technical and expressive challenge of working with clay evolves out of experimentation, taking risks, and acting on intuitive hunches. The muse, for me, becomes the occasional, elusive, and unexpected glimpse of surprising potential in the clay and in myself.


Vera Massaro

Vera Massaro ceramicI received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lake Erie College in Ohio. I’d experienced some pottery work in high school but cared for it not at all. Years later I enrolled my children in Summer Camp at ClayWays and realized that my children were having all the fun. The owner, Kit Adams, suggested I take a parent/child class that resulted in eleven years of learning and fine-tuning my skills there.

Vera Massaro ceramic I constantly am influenced by the infinite color and variety of pottery and glazes. I consider my work to be “practical with a twist.” Throwing on the wheel and hand building allow me to release a creative side of me that my more analytical day job could ever allow. Pottery fulfills me as an integral part of my whole.

Susan Page

Susan Page ceramics

Being a clay artist has been Susan’s occupation since September 2003. She was raised by depression-era parents who appreciated art, but could not see their way to encouraging it as more than a pastime. They did allow her the freedom to explore the small town where they lived and to roam the enormous forest just across the street from her house. Themes from that time occasionally surface in her work, but just as importantly, Susan developed a curiosity about things, a willingness to explore, and explore again wherever she might be. Not until she was an adult did she explore various art forms after her eight-hour workdays. Eventually it was a clay class that Susan embraced as the art form she would pursue. She found herself completely absorbed by the process, the endless possibilities at every stage and the ability to indulge in her love of texture. Susan Page ceramicsEverything else develops out of whatever captures her curiosity—an image in a book, a new clay body, a poem she has heard, a casual comment by a friend, another artist s work that she admires. This helps Susan create a diverse body of work, both functional and sculptural.

Inspiration and creativity are essential, but not enough. Susan is constantly educating herself in various aspects of clay. She has taken classes and workshops from regional artists who have national reputations, including Ishmael Soto, Billy Ray Mangum, Bridget Hauser and Stan Irvin. She has attended workshops by nationally known ceramic artists from around the country that include Lana Wilson, Sam Chung and Linda Arbuckle. Susan enjoys regular conversations with local potters at ClayWays.

Xochtil Shuey

Xochiti ceramics

I want to share the joy of incorporating the beauty of the hand-made into our daily lives by making simple, natural and useful pieces. My work evolves in series as I explore an idea whereby each piece influences the next as a I squeeze, pull, roll, pinch, coil in response to the clay.

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Julie Spako

Julie Spako ceramics Julie Spako makes hand built porcelain and stoneware ceramics inspired by Scandinavian folk art.

She has a B.F.A. in Printmaking with a minor in Ceramics from Syracuse University, and a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. Julie lives and works in Austin, tx with her husband and twin boys.

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Gallery Hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am–6:30pm
Wednesday: 10am–6:30pm
Thursday: 10am–6:30pm
Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday: 10am–5pm

ClayWays Pottery Studio & Gallery
5442 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78756-1602
| 512-459-6445
Last Updated: 6/2/2016