Tom Hicks

As a young boy, I always enjoyed drawing and painting. But when it was time to go to college, I veered to the practical side and majored in business and history. After service in the Navy, I pursued a career in banking and accounting. But through the years, I always took workshops and classes in painting, printmaking, stained glass, drawing and clay. In Christy Rodgers' tile class at ClayWays, I discovered underglazes and painting on clay, even using the texture of the clay itself to create images and effects. I continued taking classes at ClayWays and with Sharon Smith at Austin Community College and continued to work with clay.

 

After retiring in 2001, I began to devote more time to clay work, experimenting with tiles, bowls and vases and discovered love for floral designs. I attended majolica workshops at Santa Fe Clay and at the Southwestern Craft Center in San Antonio. I tried earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Some efforts worked and some didn't. But still there is always the joy in creating with clay. Where else can a 60-something man still play in the mud?

 

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