BIOGRAPHY: Pamela Summers

I attended the Pretoria Art School at the College for Advanced Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. This is where I was introduced to clay. My time in South Africa definitely influenced my work. Most of my early impressions were mainly colorful patterns and texture.

I also studied at The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth, Texas where I focused on ceramics and sculpture.

After returning to Texas I became a full time ceramic artist selling as well as exhibiting my ceramics through out the South West. I also started teaching throwing and Raku firing workshops.

In time I developed a strong signature technique for my contemporary Polychrome and Raku ceramics.

I have created several outdoor ceramic mosaic murals in Fort Worth Texas.

This September 2014 I finished designing and installing a 233’ recycled glass tile mosaic reflecting the natural prairie grasses and flowers native to Grand Prairie Texas which can be viewed from I-30. This was a public art project for the City of Grand Prairie funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

I currently have an exhibition of my ceramics and photography "It’s All About Color… or Is It?" at the Longview Museum of Art through October 2014.

I am predominantly a ceramic artist who makes wheel thrown vessels, handmade tiles and tile mosaics using a variety of methods.  My original designs have evolved over thirty years as a full time artist and I continue to explore new combinations of shape and color.

Most of my vessels are thrown on the potter’s wheel. When working in my "Polychrome" style I use white earthenware clay. After bisque firing each piece I draw on it using a special tape. These designs are then painted with several coats of brightly colored glazes, and then the piece is fired multiple times.

In addition to my contemporary polychrome style, I make vessels using ancient Raku firing methods developed in the 16th century.

Along with my husband glass artist Raymond Rains and our dog Isabel Summers I own and operate Cliff House Studio and Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas.


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