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Welcome to the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. In the 19th century, Texas artisans & artists created ceramics, furniture, textiles, metalworks, photographs, paintings, and works on paper in this growing region. Many significant and beautiful objects were produced, but far too little is known about these artists. Their lives, practices, and products are captured in the census records, city directories, newspapers and primary sources included in the Hill Archive.


Click here or on the pitcher below for images and details about Texas Clay: 19th-Century Stoneware Pottery from the Bayou Bend Collection. The exhibitition is on view Saturday, September 5, 2015 through November 1, 2015, at the Caroline Wiess Law Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Browse by category below, or search for a name or term, to learn more about these individuals and their work.


The William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive is generously supported by Mr. William J. Hill, with additional support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


About our logo: The scroll on our masthead was inspired by the masterful carving on the wardrobe attributed to Johann Michael Jahn.


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