Big Bend Arts Council


  PO Box 1764, Alpine, TX  79831

Karen Nakakihara-Clay Artist

I am basically self-taught. I fell in love with ceramics after my husband enrolled me in a workshop in Canada for a birthday gift. I went right out and bought a potter's wheel and a kiln and set up my studio. It was an off and on effort as my studio was in Canada and we had to return to the States every 6 months for work.When we retired to Alpine I took two classes at Sul Ross and now that I have a home studio I have been able to work on a more consistent basis. I attend a workshop every year to learn new skills. I have many sketchbooks full of plant and animal drawings which I incorporate into my work. I try to depict scenes that are whimsical and fun. Most of my work is functional but I really enjoy sculpting. I usually make one-off pieces – I don't really enjoy making things more than once. I'm continually looking for new ideas and new inspirations in the world around me. It always brings me pleasure when I can bring a smile to someone's face with one of my creations.