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

For centuries, the art of tile making has been passed down from generation to generation in the small town of San Antonio, Texas. The San José Tile Workshops are the last remaining tile workshop in the United States and continue to produce handmade tiles using traditional methods.

The book “Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio” tells the story of this unique place and the people who keep its history alive. It is filled with beautiful photographs of the tiles and the workshop itself, as well as interviews with the artisans who work there.

This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the history and art of tile making. It is a fascinating glimpse into a world that is slowly disappearing, and it will inspire you to create your own work of art.

Editorial Reviews


“For four decades, beginning just before the Great Depression, Ramos’ depictions of South Texas and Central Mexican life―from chile queens on Alamo Plaza to vaqueros on horseback trotting past snow-capped volcanos―adorned what has become known as San José pottery.” ― San Antonio Express-News

“Today, collectors around the world prize the Mexican-themed tile and the pottery that emerged from her kilns.” ― Texas Highways

About the Author

Susan Toomey Frost is a major collector and authority on Mexican and Mexican American photography and decorative art. She has taught English and linguistics at universities in Mexico and Texas. She is the author of Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio, Timeless Mexico: The Photographs of Hugh Brehme, and Roberto de la Selva: Modern Mexican Masterpieces in Wood. She lives in San Antonio.


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