Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio

Winner of Texas State Historical Assn's Ron Tyler Award as best book published in 2009 on Texas history and culture

Winner of the 2011 San Antonio Conservation Society Book Award


Susan Frost's critically acclaimed book explores the artistry, designers, and styles that brought the San José Workshops’ distinctive art pottery to international prominence. Frost introduces readers to two colorful characters—the indomitable Ethel Wilson Harris and the talented designer Fernando Ramos—and reveals how the duo managed to revive a dying Mexican art and eventually become the driving force behind three San Antonio art tile factories. Between 1931 and 1977, these San José Workshops produced beautiful tiles and wares that became celebrated throughout the world and were prized in San Antonio for both public and private installations. In addition to historical and biographical information, Frost provides meticulous details about authentic tiles, helping collectors steer clear of the many reproductions on the market. Featuring 300 full-color illustrations, including never-before-seen drawings, this exhaustively researched and eminently readable book is an important addition to any collector’s library.