When she was making mud cakes on her grandparents’ farm as a child, little did Earline Green know that one day she would not only teach others to work in clay, but also study and create pottery to honor a historical legacy. Her interest in working with clay developed while she was teaching middle school in Dallas a few decades ago.
Green, who joined Tarrant County College in 2008, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Texas Woman’s University. She has tremendous respect for the medium and the history associated with it.
“Clay is a challenging medium that requires PATIENCE,” said Green. “The best part of the year is when (the students) start taking things home. If the trash is empty, I know it has been a good year. When they leave and they are smiling, you can’t beat that. You can’t replicate that feeling.”
She says she teaches ceramics on a therapeutic level, with the first few weeks of the course focused on massaging the clay and learning how the medium responds in different stages. Her students research pottery from ancient civilizations before creating vessels in ancient styles with surfaces that reflect their personal choices.
In addition to her work as an educator, Green is an artist. Through her own home-based studio, she crafts customized ceramic tiles and murals, as well as stoneware. She also volunteers with the Empty Bowls Project, coordinating the annual production of some 200 bowls, the sales of which benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank.