Friday, June 18, several members from the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country traveled to New Braunfels for a tour of Linda Nowell’s studio. Mrs. Nowell is a very well known potter and provided a demonstration of her carving and texturing techniques, answered many questions and allowed unlimited browsing of her pottery inventory!
Linda was originally from Oklahoma but lived for nearly 40 years in Pampa. Pampa was where FAAHC members, Riley and Martha Kothmann, became friends with Linda and her husband, Bobby.
In the late ‘90s, Martha and Linda took a pottery class together and Linda has not looked back since. While the Pampa area did not offer a lot of choices for her to gain the ‘further education’ she desired, she found other ways to educate herself. Through a lot of "trial and error" on her part she learned what would help her to produce the results that she wanted; plus, as the opportunities presented themselves, she later studied in Oklahoma, New Mexico and in several Texas locations.
Her work with clay is either thrown or hand built using some very creative means to gain the effect she seeks. The surface can be smooth as silk or course as sand. It can be functional, sculptural, stoneware or earthenware. She enjoys working with nature and in one of the pieces pictured here, she has used leaves. In other work she has created an old wooden fence post, turtles looking out of pots, and many versions using the trees that showcase her carving talents. To watch her create the tree design, as shown in another photo, you can’t help but appreciate her creative ideas.
A recent honor of which she is rightly very proud was when she was selected to be included in a coffee table type book titled "Ceramics Today" by Jeffery Snyder. Linda is pictured with the book opened to "her pages"; it features three of her pieces along with some bio information. "Refuge", pictured, is also featured on the front cover of the book!
Once Friday morning had turned into the noon hour, everyone moved on to the Huisache Grill in the downtown area and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Desiring some exercise after our meal, we chose to make the short walk to the location that the New Braunfels Art League is proud to call "Home".
Their Art League should be proud. Through many fund raising efforts plus being blessed to be the recipient of numerous grants, this historic, 9,000 plus square foot building has undergone a tremendous transformation since their purchase in the early 1990s. The efforts of many workers through the years have resulted in a dream gallery where they offer fine art in many different mediums to the public.
The final stop of the day was The Christmas Store. The architecture and history of the large rock, two story home was very interesting as well as their varied inventory.
Linda’s pottery is available at Artisans in Fredericksburg, as well as, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Wimberley.
The FAAHC appreciated Linda and Bobby’s warm, open-door hospitality and admired her beautiful work.