Leona Beddow was born in Iowa and now resides in Amarillo, Texas, with
her husband, Dean, a practicing optometrist/owner of Broome Optical in
Art has played a major role in her life since her early years
eventually resulting in a Master of Arts degree with emphasis on line
drawing from then West Texas State University in Canyon. It wasn't until her
retirement from Amarillo College in 2006 that she began to
have the time and the desire to try her hand at clay.
an academic class in ceramics, she says, "I remember that spring
semester 2007 at Amarillo College studying under Dennis Olson. I
really thought we would start on the wheel right away but instead we
learned how to make clay. That was followed by learning how to make
pinch pots. Then we extruded coils to make pots . . . and we used the
slab roller for hand building pots, and it wasn't until mid-semester
that we got on the wheel to throw. What a challenge! It was all a
"Some of the students had a background in working with clay in high
school. And even though I have a master's degree in art, clay was
never part of my studies," she said.
Her first pieces were small and crude. "I still have some of those,"
she said, "as a reminder of where I've been and how far I've come. I
haven't arrived by any means but I'm enjoying the journey, the process
and watching God use this talent He has given me."