MixedMediaByZehner

Pottery and Mixed Media

Friona, Texas | 43 Sales

MixedMediaByZehner

Pottery and Mixed Media

Friona, Texas 43 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   My business is closed as I am selling my home. I hope to relocate at some point in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Feel free to send a convo with your email address and I will let you know when that happens (depends on when my home sells). Thank you!

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Last updated on Mar 5, 2019

My business is closed as I am selling my home. I hope to relocate at some point in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Feel free to send a convo with your email address and I will let you know when that happens (depends on when my home sells). Thank you!

Sherry Walker-Zehner

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    About

    MY JOURNEY by SHERRY ZEHNER

    I am an artist living in a small town in the Texas panhandle, and I have spent much of my adult life teaching art in the public school system. I hold a BFA in Design Communications from Texas Tech University, and a Masters in Ceramic Sculpture from West Texas A&M University.

    I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom cooking starch on the stove to make glue for our cut and paste projects. We used cardboard boxes to make doll houses & thinner cardboard from cereal boxes to make doll house furniture, little people for our houses and paper dolls. We had Mama's old Sears and Roebuck catalog to find clothes for our paper dolls and furnishings to glue in the houses. We didn't have many storebought toys in the 1950s and 60s, but we always had fun.

    I took my first art class in college and learned to refine my drawing and painting skills. Around 1979 I took a clay class and it quickly became an obsession. I also enjoy painting and mixed media. After I graduated with an art degree, I worked for several years in commercial design. I was then offered a job as an art teacher and took more classes to get my certification to teach. I have taught at every grade level from kindergarten through high school and also taught design 1 and 2 as a teaching assistant at college level.

    I opened my Etsy shop at the beginning of the year in 2009 with hopes of building a business by the time I retired. I had no idea at the time how many obstacles I would have to overcome before I was finally able to truly commit to it. I had to have 4 surgeries including a c-spine fusion, and rotator cuff repair on both shoulders. Most recently I have had to fight PBC which is a rare autoimmune disorder.

    In May of 2013, the day finally arrived when I finished my last day of public school teaching. I had finally earned my rocking chair! What a wonderful time! It was very bittersweet because I knew I would miss the kids, but I was also very happy about not being tied down to a job every day.

    I have spent the last few years since retirement teaching private art classes to about 25 kiddos. I also work as a substitute teacher a day or two a week, and I participate in craft shows occasionally. I am truly blessed and thankful that I now have more time to spend doing what I love.

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    Last updated on Jun 23, 2016
    Frequently asked questions
    Custom and personalized orders

    Order early! Due to the volume of orders at holidays I usually stop custom orders 2-3 weeks before Christmas and other major holidays.

    Care instructions

    My products can be used safely in the microwave and dishwasher, but they can't take thermal shock (example: don't heat water so hot that it boils over as the thermal shock can cause the glaze to craze/crack). I recommend handwashing for best results.

    Gift wrapping and packaging

    Due to time restraints, I don't normally gift wrap, but I have done it on a few occasions when mailing directly to the gift recipient. I'm happy to discuss it and work something out with you.