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Twilight Trio plays Music in the Gallery / Sunday, Sept. 4 from 2-5

The DOGDAYS must soon draw to an end - we all need a BREAK from the doldrums and drought.  So...

Please join me on Sunday, September 4th (from 2-5) for music in the gallery with The Twilight Trio.

Tickets are $20 - RSVP now for number in your party:  (include your phone number)


There's an ever widening circle of friends who enjoy the music, art and gatherings, here on the cliff above  the Pedernales River.  I hope you'll add to the circle by inviting someone new to share this experience.

I'll be introducing my summer's work, two Urn Series: Sweet Souls and Return to Earth.  I've made custom funeral urns for several years.  These urns are elegant, nature inspired tributes to those we love and have lost.

Hope to see you and your guests in the gallery for a great afternoon of retro roots music, from The Twilight Trio.  Don't miss it!

Email me at to reserve your place.  Be sure to include your phone number.

Pray for Rain!  and see you Sunday, September 4 from 2-5, at Shade Tree Potter's Gallery.

Fall Art Sale, October 13, 14 from 10-5 - October 13, 2018



Tiny Trailer becomes my new Spartan Gallery, on the grounds of the old Shade Tree Potter. Come out this weekend, or call 512/693-7687 to set an appointment to view my new work.

in Process. come see the results. - September 26, 2018


Please join me and my two special guests as we introduce
the Shade Tree Potter's Spartan Gallery.
I'll be hosting an Open House and Sale in the newly renovated 1954 Spartan Trailer that now will serve as my gallery.
Saturday October 13,  from 11 - 5
Sunday, October 14,    from 11 - 5 
Redford Lindsey: showing his photos and photo postcards.
Cami Gray: showing her lush succulent gardens.
And I will have all new work, both porcelain and stoneware.
Sharon Bourbonnais plays jazz piano and sings for us
from  3-5 on Sunday.
susie holding vaseform
Same place, but there's no longer a sign over the gate.
25001 HWY 71 West
Spicewood, TX 78669

Please join me and my two special guests as we introduce
the Shade Tree Potter's Spartan Gallery.
I'll be hosting an Open House and Sale in the newly renovated 1954 Spartan Trailer that now will serve as my gallery.

Saturday October 13,  from 11 - 5
Sunday, October 14,    from 11 - 5 
Redford Lindsey: showing his photos and photo postcards.
Cami Gray: showing her lush succulent gardens.
And I will have all new work, both porcelain and stoneware.
Sharon Bourbonnais plays jazz piano and sings for us
from  3-5 on Sunday.
susie holding vaseform
Same place, but there's no longer a sign over the gate.
25001 HWY 71 West
Spicewood, TX 78669

Jingle Mingle Art Sale - November 20, 2017

I'm joining a few artists for a holiday gift show. 

Friday, December 1st from 1-6. 

Join me at Allain Hankey's home

for wine, cider and my new work.

                              2607 Sailboat Pass - Spicewood, TX 78669


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Salud Concert - March 21, 2015

Temptation Time:  Sunday, May 11th - Mother's Day 

potluck at 2, concert 3-5.  Reserved Seats!  Email to reserve.
at my Fall Creek house in Spicewood:

Javier Chaparro and Salud,
a stellar band with Paul Glasse, Mitch Watkins, Laura Mordecai and Stephen Jarrard. 

5645 Fall Creek Rd  Spicewood, Tx 78669      (3 miles off Hwy 71 on Fall Creek Rd)

It's a House Concert, BYOB and a tasty treat to share.  Tickets are $20 
(all proceeds go to the musicians).

I can't seat a huge crowd at this venue, so reply asap via email to reserve your place in the party.  is the best email address to use.

QUESTIONS   :::  512/693-7678

Javier Chaparro and Salud will grace the party with their delightful repertoire of original tunes penned with love and performed with passion.  They bring a musical style as romantic as Antonio Carlos Jobin and as virtuosic as Yo Yo Ma. Salúd is still relatively new on the musical scene, but the individuals that make up the group are far from novice. Their combined successful careers make for an exquisite feast for the ears and the heart. 

Salúd is the songwriting muse of Javier Chaparro.  His songs draw from all over the Latin countries and are augmented with flares of jazz and Americana.


Javier Chaparro, a native of Lima, Peru, began his formal study of violin at the National Conservatory in Lima. He has been with the Sinfonica Nacional in Lima, the Fine Arts Theatre Orchestra in Mexico City, the Austin Symphony and currently holds the post of Concert Master for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. As a guest artist, he has performed solo and chamber music recitals in United States, South America, and Europe. Over the years, he has built an eclectic musical career performing jazz, gypsy, pop and country western music as a band leader and a sideman. 

Javier has been featured as an artist in film and documentary soundtracks including The AlamoSpy Kids, IMAX’s Ride Around The WorldLoaves and Fishes and PBS’s Hansel Mieth. Besides the love for his music and his family, he is an avid horseman and accomplished trainer. 


Paul Glasseoriginally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Paul was lured to Austin, Texas by his love of Texas Swing. Under the tutelage of the great electric mandolinist, Tiny Moore, of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Glasse immersed himself in the vocabulary and vibe of Texas Swing.  He has been inducted into the Texas Swing Hall of Fame, won the International Mandolin Championship, and a host of other awards. Paul is, himself, an accomplished composer and has a number of jazz albums to his own credit. He has recorded and performed with Asleep at the Wheel, Michelle Shocked, Ana Egge, The Flatlanders and many others. 


Mitch Watkins, who comes from as far from Poughkeepsie as you can get, and still be in the U.S., migrated to Austin from McAllen, Texas, and proceeded to make his mark as one of the finest touring guitarists today. His rise came when his critically acclaimed jazz fusion group, Passenger, toured with Leonard Cohen. Mitch recently reunited and toured with him again in 2012 and 2013.  He has also performed with Joe Ely, Jennifer Warnes, Jerry Jeff Walker, K.T. Oslin and many others. He has produced for and performed with Bob Schneider and Abra Moore, along with many others. Mitch has also released five solo albums.   


Laura Mordecai, percussionist and vocalist, spent her formative years playing drums in her father's dixieland band. and percussion in pit orchestras for musical theatre.  She joined her family again years later in the Sentimental Journey Orchestra as a vocalist, singing the songs of the Andrew Sisters. After venturing through various rock and country bands, she moved over to the Latin percussion chair and has performed with Beto and the Fairlanes, The Austin Pops Orchestra, Libby Kirkpatrick, Leticia Rodriguez and many others.


Stephen Jarrard, guitarron player and vocalist, can be credited as Javier's tour guide into the singer/songwriter world.  Friend and bandmate for over 30 years now, it was his country band that welcomed the Peruvian virtuoso to sit in on "fiddle" at their gigs. Later, the two formed Europa Trio, a European gypsy music group where Stephen picked up the guitarron. The rest is history!

slowly returning to the studio - January 8, 2014

It's a new year and time for me to go to My Studio and make something.  

It's been a long time away and I'm chipping away at the inertia block surrounding me.

You could help by sending me thoughts on what you'd like to see me making when I re-emerge.

Mostly I've been working on the burned land, encouraging the new growth and cutting down the dead woods.

Life goes on and the succession of plants is very interesting to observe.

Lots of decisions still to be made, but I'm moving closer every day to the clay.

Happy New Year and may we all find peace and harmony.

archive: memorial - October 15, 2013

Dot Fowler, my mother and the Lake Travis View Columnist who wrote "Over 50, going like 60" until her late 70's, passed away, peacefully,
 at our new home in Spicewood on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:11am.

She enjoyed autumn and the holiday season with all 20 plus members of her family in what we called our Road House on Fall Creek.  We miss her greatly and are thankful that her body and mind have been freed from the grip of alzheimer's disease.  She always wanted meaningful work and to express herself eloquently.  Towards the end, she excelled in non verbal communication and she expressed her love and determination until the last day of her full life with direct eye contact and a firm grip as she held our hands and hearts.

We will be honoring Dot with a memorial service followed by a house concert featuring a host of her favorite local musicians: The Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Ponty Bone, Lorrie Singer, Bradley Kopp, Laura Mordecai, and Beto and the Fairlaines and hopefully Madye Kaye, Richard Bowden and Ed Miller.

 Mother loved hearing music in the gallery and sharing in the potluck buffet and wanted her memorial to have that feeling of community with joyous music, good food and caring friends.
           Please join us to celebrate the life she loved living.
                                 Sunday, March 24 from 2-5. 

5645 Fall Creek Rd  Spicewood, Tx  78669

please, RSVP/830-693-2341  (We NEED a chair count!)

Dot Fowler requested memorials to be donated to HAAM, the SIMS Foundation or towards Alzheimer's research.  We will have a vase for each of these charities should you care to make a donation in her name. 

Dot Fowler Memorial March 24 - March 4, 2013


March 2, 2013


Hello: Music Time!! - September 29, 2012

Time to wake up and smell the rain.  Fall is here and it's time for MUSIC!!!!!!!!!

Beto and the Fairlianes play tonight at Lakeway Activity Center and Sunday at Threadgills World Headquarters at 8pm.  Lakeway is Free, Threadgills probably has a cover charge, but HEY, it's the Full Moon Finale.  

Art and Wine Trail this weekend - April 15, 2011

Come out this weekend for the Art and Wine Trail. Download a map from  and spend the weekend checking out the studios along Hwy 71.

I'll be doing demos all day long.   Hope to see you in the crowd,

Susie the potter.

Look for my new image, Sandstone Cliffs, next to my OPEN GATE.


Spicewood Art and Wine Trail - April 7, 2011

the Spicewood Art and Wine Trail will be April 16 and 17 from 10 - 5.  Pick up a map at my place or download one from .

Hope to see you on the Trail.

susie the potter

Guzman, Fox, Hardin Trio: Music in the Gallery on Sunday, March 13 from 2-5 - January 20, 2011

We enjoyed Guzman Fox Hardin a year ago, in the gallery, and I couldn't wait to have them back again!  They'll be here Sunday, March 13, playing from 3 - 5 with a potluck gathering before, during and after.  So, come enjoy the day with old friends and new ones you'll meet on the porch.
Reservations Only: BYOB  /  Potluck Appetizer to Share  / Carpool is always great!
Check them out, and share with your friends.
Hope to see you in the crowd. 
   “Joel Guzman is one of the finest musicians I have ever worked with. He is truly inspirational. I never put Joel in (recording) situation where he didn't have a problem that he could not solve. Everybody is always impressed with his work, even those unfamiliar with his work. He definitely looks beyond the standard and norms in what he is working on. and always looking to expand.”

—  Steve Berlin, noted producer (Los Lobos, Super Seven, Aztex, Michelle Shocked), Blogger

build a Bird House with the potter - October 9, 2010

Come by the gallery and enjoy the birdhouses on the porch. Inspired? Try it yourself on October 9 and 10th at Shade Tree Potter's Studio.

SculptFest @ Umlauf Gardens - September 19, 2010

The Texas Society of Sculptors invites you to SculptFest at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden
this Sunday . September 19th from 10 - 4. 
It's Free, Family Friendly and a great opportunity to see the work of 24 sculptors in various mediums.


Texas Country Reporter - September 13, 2010

Texas Country Reporter

Will Taylor Trio - September 5, 2010

will_MIG_72dpi.jpgWill Taylor and Steve Zirkel join in for the songs of Karen Mal, punctuated with music of Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, the Beatles and Joni Mitchell.  Lovely voices, superb musicianship.  Bring someone new to Music in the Gallery and enjoy the party on the cliff.

summer show at Ladybird Wildflower Center - June 5, 2010

I'm so thrilled to announce that I've been invited to install a show in the McDermott Learning Center at Ladybird Wildflower Center this summer.  I'll be featuring birdhouses, large planters and landscape vases.  Looks like I will also be doing a day of clay demos on July 25, 2010.  I'll keep you posted on progress as I build this show.pair_bluCanyon.jpg

Austin Community Steel Drum Band - April 17, 2010

Music in the Gallery on Saturday, April 17th from 2 - 5. 
Free music and children are invited to enjoy the gallery and the music on the porch. 
Austin Community SteelBand is a non profit educational program.  


Their director, Cecil Francis is a celebrated pan drum master.  He will be the primary player on Saturday and will be joined by two young students. Come enjoy the music, art and glorious wildflowers.  The band will be collecting tips to add to their educational program.  Great Fun!

Spicewood Elementary 5th Grade Field Trip - April 2, 2010

Each year the 5th Grade comes for a Filed Trip to take a long nature walk, and learn some plant names, see the view from the cliff and collect bits of nature to make a clay tile souvenir from the day. 

They use the bits of nature like stamps, impressing the soft clay slab with a nature design.
I copy each students name on to the back of his tile.  After the first firing I glaze the pieces and they are fired again.  Each student creates a work of art to keep and remember the day on the land.

Music in the Gallery / Joel Guzman Trio - March 21, 2010

Music in the Gallery, Sunday March 21 from 2 - 5pm.  Gather at 2 for Potluck Appetizers and socializing.  Joel and the gang will play at 3.


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