Art Off Center

116 W 2nd St, Ste 108

Potters Alley, Taylor, TX

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Melanie Shaw

Melanie Shaw received her BA from Hunter College, New York, with a double major in Digital Media and Film and Studio Arts (ceramics concentration) and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Her artist residencies have included Guaitil Pottery, Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center, New York, Hunter College, New York, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine, and Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina.


Her curating experience includes exhibitions “My Personal Evolution” World-wide, digital/online, “Critical Function II”, Richmond (NCECA), “Funk: American Dada” & “Critical Function”, Pittsburgh (NCECA), “50 Women-A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics”, Kansas City (NCECA), “Texas State of Clay”, Bastrop, TX, and “Gems of the Hill Country”, Tea + Art, Houston, TX, “Jewels of Earth and Fire”, Pittsburgh (NCECA), and “Critical Function II”, Richmond (NCECA). Her speaking engagements have included ScanCeram, Denmark, and Bastrop Historical Society, Bastrop, TX. Ms. Shaw’s home studio is based out of Bastrop, Texas. She is a self-employed ceramic artist and became owner/operator of Art Off Center, a ceramics-teaching center in Taylor, TX as of 2017 after to moving to Texas in 2014. Ms. Shaw also teaches a ceramics decorating workshop called “Color Collage on Clay” at various locations in Texas, and has taught this class at Art Off Center, Taylor, TX, Cynthia Brinson studios in Arlington, TX and at CERA pottery studio in Ft. Worth, TX.
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Tina Lewis

Tina Lewis has been making pottery since high school in the 1970s and studied ceramics while completing her undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has had the benefit of many great teachers and clay workshops over the years. Tina went on to law school at the University of Texas and after a long break, began making pottery again in 2005. 

Having a home studio has allowed her to continue to develop her skills on the wheel, sculpting, hand building and experimenting with glaze recipes. Tina was a participating studio artist at Feats of Clay in Austin and taught wheel throwing and handbuilding for several years before moving to Taylor in 2021. At Feats of Clay, she discovered her passion for teaching pottery. Tina maintains her home studio in Taylor and is looking forward to sharing her love for clay in her new hometown.
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