Colors on Clay
The San José Tile Workshops of San AntonioA study of the scenic tiles produced in San Antonio from the 1930s to the 1970s
Equal parts art, biography, and history, Colors on Clay brings to life the artistry, designers, and styles that brought the San José Workshops’ distinctive art pottery to international prominence. Author Susan Toomey Frost tells the story of how two colorful characters, Ethel Wilson Harris and her talented designer Fernando Ramos, ...
“For four decades, beginning just before the Great Depression, Ramos' depictions of South Texas and Central Mexican life—from chile queens on Alamo Plaza to vaqueros on horseback trotting past snow-capped volcanos—adorned what has become known as San José pottery.” — San Antonio Express-News
“Today, collectors around the world prize the Mexican-themed tile and the pottery that emerged from her kilns.” — Texas Highways
- Texas State Historical Association’s Ron Tyler Award for Best Book (history & culture)
- San Antonio Conservation Society Best Publication Award