Jo Watts, ClaySmith
As far back as I can remember, I have had three dreams: I wanted to be a wife, a mother and an artist. God has blessed me by giving me all this and more.
I started working with clay about 55 years ago and with some short breaks to move (42 times) and have babies (3 sons), I've never stopped making art. When I couldn't work with clay, I worked with fibers in some form or other, I drew constantly, and took workshops and classes whenever possible. In the mid '70's I attended the Harrogate School for Art and Adult Studies, a division of the Leeds Polytechnic, in Yorkshire, England, for the equivalent of a U.S. Associates' Degree.
After traveling the world, living in 9 states and two foreign countries (England and Saudi Arabia), with a husband who was in the US Air Force and who worked with computers in satellite communications, and the oil and gas industry I now find myself living in rural Bastrop County, Texas. I'm surrounded by domestic animals - Longhorn cattle, horses, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, cats and dogs as well as a few wild ones - rabbits, squirrels, feral hogs, coyotes, bobcats, panthers, deer and much more.
And as if that doesn't give me enough inspiration, I am surrounded by children and grandchildren. It's a wonderful life!
Six years ago, my husband of 52 years and my sons built my studio as a gift of love. I had worked in garages, sheds and even my own kitchen (ask my boys what stoneware soup tastes like!)... now I feel like a queen in my castle and I say a thank you to them and to God each time I walk through the door.
God is GOOD! All the time! It's by His grace that I am where I am.
Bastrop County Liked me!!
The construction of my studio was much like an old time barn raising. Family members and friends contributed hours of work and love to make it happen. You can follow the journey from foundation to finish and through the grand opening celebration.
Smithville likes me, too!!