Melinda Collins

Melinda_Collins_bio_photo2Melinda Collins, a 5th generation Texan, has had extensive experience both teaching & creating pottery for over 30 years. She is a 1977 graduate of the University of Texas in mathematics & biology and then taught at Kilgore College, a small college in East Texas. There, she was the director of the Adult Learning Center. In Antigua, Guatemala, she taught claywork, both wheel thrown & handbuilt, to beginners & experienced artists from all over the world. Melinda was featured in the Guatemalan English language magazine, the REVUE, for her work with native materials & pure jade glazes. She also wrote articles related to ceramica for the magazine.

High points of her work in Guatemala included designing & making porcelain dinnerware for the president of Guatemala, Arturo Arzu, & a Mayan inspired presentation necklace for the current president of the country, Oscar Berger. While in Guatemala, she operated a gallery of her work, Celadon Galleria de Porcelana, in Antigua.  In the fall of 2004, she studied Islamic art & contemporary porcelain in Istanbul, Turkey. Melinda recently completed an article detailing her research with an innovative saggar firing technique to duplicate the fumed reduction lusters of ancient Islamic/Persian pottery.

Previously residing in the world heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, Melinda Collins and husband, Ron, are currently developing new ceramic work & living in Quitaque, Texas.