Roger Allen
Art as a college major was never considered by Roger Allen. He transitioned from electrical engineering to architecture to art education at Texas Tech. In 1967 with a BA in Art Education, he left his hometown of Lubbock to teach art at San Angelo Central High School. Three years later Roger and two friends founded The Chicken Farm Art Center from a dilapidated three acre chicken farm. The Art Center became his full time endeavor with the establishment of a Clay Studio and a Foundry which focused on bronze sculpture. In 1991, after recovering from a major illness, Roger returned to clay full time. Moving from stoneware clay to earthenware, he established and developed his hand-painted, air brush designs along with the use of wax resist. In the ensuing years, Roger created stories in color on clay. The now much beloved 'StarKeeper' story was followed by another clay story series 'The Big Ass Dancer'. Included in the series are 'The White Line Dancers', 'Saints, Whores, and Other Good Ol' Gals', Quilted Clay, Mandalas and more which are yet to be revealed. Roger became employer, mentor and friend to many young artists with skills in clay and painting. Under his tutelage, these aspiring clay artists not only produced Roger's established lines of production pottery, but were allowed a rare outlet for self creative discoveries and expression within Rogers realm of ceramic designs. The Chicken Farm Art Center hosts weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual events. It continues to serve as a haven for artists, art lovers and neophytes just discovering their innate talents. Artists and visitors alike reap the benefits of Roger Allen's life's work and carry on his motto of “Sharing the Art Spirit”.


Due to the current health crisis the 2020 Texas Clay Festival has been canceled. A virtual show to be announced!

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