Artist, Tana Patterson uses wheel throwing, hand building, stamp textures and slip painted images to create pottery that is durable, usable art. She has a B.A. in Ceramics and Drawing from MSU-Billings and an M.F.A. in Ceramics and Painting from Texas Tech University. Born and raised in Billings Montana, she has been making or teaching art near over 30 years. Tanas’ work is available though two Billings outlets; Frame Hut & Gallery at 1430 Grand Ave. and Marketplace 3301 at 3301 1st Ave. North, AND, by individual contact. See contact page for information.

  Art fair display ith lots of slip painted porcelainGreen Leaf Dish Setting mother & child folded horses



2004    Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Montana State University-Billings, Billings MT, K-12 certification

1994      M.F.A. Studio Art    Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, Ceramics major, Painting minor

1983      B.A. Studio Art-Extended Major Montana State University- Billings (then EMC) Ceramics major, drawing minor



2014 – Present    Pottery Technician, Cold Mountain Pottery Billings MT:  Jim Morrison and Debra Dudley, owners.

2014 –Fall          Instructor, MSU-B Art Fundamentals for Elementary Teachers Billings MT:   Semester long substitute position.  Dr. Patricia Vettel-Becker supervisor and department chairwoman.

2010-2014          Art Teacher,  Pottery Manager,  Seedlings Director The Salvation Army, Billings MT:   Designing curriculum and lessons, directing other teachers, building and managing art areas. Teaching summer and after school arts program for  adults, children, and toddlers. Coordinating with music and other  programs. Dr. Lee Hancock director, Majors Kevin and Linda Jackson, Edward and Pamela Markham executive officers/directors.

2003-2008          Art Teacher, High School St. Labre Indian Catholic School, Ashland MT:  Authored and taught state and national standards arts curriculum 9th  through 12th grades. Also, Class Advisor and Theology One teacher. John Salios,  Augie Lopez, Bart Bailey principals. Dr. Russ Alexander, School Administrator

2001-2003           Art Teacher, K – 8th St. Labre Middle Indian Catholic School, Ashland MT:   Authored and taught state and national standards curriculum for Middle School. Designed and taught curriculum for K -6th .   Also taught one high drawing school class. Scott Gion, Middle School principal; Christine Schmid, Elementary principal, John Salios High School Principal, Dr. Russ Alexander, School Administrator

1998-2001          Visiting Artist, Poets on the Prairie The Writers Voice, National Arts and Humanities through the YMCA, Billings MT. Visiting clay artist to Montana elementary and high schools.   Corby Skinner director

1996-1999          Assistant Professor Adjunct Montana State University-Billings, MT:    AR 142 Intro. Pottery;  AR 151 2-D Design & Color Theory; AR 161 Intro. Drawing; AR 152 3-D Design; AR Clay in the Classroom; AR 242 Intro. Ceramics         Developed and taught curriculum, syllabi, lesson plans, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, evaluation, kiln firing, studio maintenance, budgeting and purchasing materials.   John Pollock, Dr. Connie Landis chairpersons.

1994-1995          Assistant Professor Adjunct Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND:  Developed and taught curriculum, syllabi, lesson plans, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, evaluation, budgeting, and purchasing materials. Dr. David Solheim chairperson.

1994                    Lecturer, Guest Artist-Summer Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND:    AR Study Tour-Mural Project, Designed and executed exterior mural for Dickinson State University Art Building. Developed and implemented course methods. Katrina Callihan coordinating professor

1992-1994          Teaching Assistant  Instructor of Record, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX:  Intro. to Ceramics-Wheel Throwing;   Intro. to Ceramics-Hand Building;  Intro. to Drawing.  Developed and taught syllabi, lesson plans, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, evaluation and grading. Responsible for ceramic area function, health/ safety and maintenance.   Dr. Melody Weiler chairperson

1993                      Lecturer Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND:  AR Independent Studies-Painting; AR Independent Studies-Ceramics Developed and taught independent courses for individual students in wheel throwing, hand building, glaze formulation, raku firing, and oil painting.   Dr. David Solheim chairperson

1990-1991          Instructor   Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND:  Art Fundamentals 2-D Design and Color Theory.              Developed and taught curriculum, syllabi, lesson plans, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, evaluation, budgeting, and purchasing materials.   Dr. David Solheim chairperson


OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE________________________________________

2013               Visiting Artist    Montana Women’s Correction Facility, Billings MT.  Yellowstone Art Museum and Linda Ewert coordinator.

2001               Instructor, RMC Art Academy for Kids Rocky Mountain College, Billings MT.   Ceramic instructor for summer youth program.    Sally MacIntosh, director

1999               Exterior Ceramic Mural: ”Enlightenment”   Researched, produced, and mounted two story exterior ceramic mural on library, renovation and art environment Rocky Mountain College, Billings MT. Jane Deshner coordinator

1998                Visiting Artist    Montana Women’s Correction Facility, Billings MT.  Terry Karson coordinator.

1998-1999       Glazer and Kiln Stacker  Cold Mountain Pottery, Billings, MT.

1996-1999       Instructor, Ceramics College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning, Montana State University- Billings, Billings MT.    Developed and implemented non-credit courses for university and community students in all areas of clay.   Stevi Schmidt coordinator

1978-1990        Illustrator and Cartoonist, Lifeline Magazine Torrance CA. Illustrated stories of ongoing recovery in Overeaters Anonymous magazine. Marianne Evens editor

1985-present      Studio Artist, Potter, Illustrator, Author Self-employed in home studios, showing through regional galleries, fairs, and retailers

1986-1991        Paints and Pencils Art Supply Store Dickinson ND. Co-owned and operated art supply, matting and framing business



Booth 93 POTTERY, Marketplace 3301, 1st Ave. North, Billings MT

Frame Hut & Gallery, 1430 Grand Ave. Billings MT



2011-13     “Billings Art Walk” Exhibits, Global Village, Billings, MT

2009          “Ryan’s Reform” Book signing.  Handmade edition first published children’s book, Barjon’s Books, Billings MT

2006         “Dirt on the Wall” Hearth Gallery, Billings Mt

2001        “Perseverance of Story”, Rocky Mountain College Gallery, Billings MT

1999         “Perseverance of Story”, Carbon County Arts Guild and Gallery, Red Lodge MT

1998        “Spirit of Our House”, The Vault Installation, Margo’s Pottery, Buffalo WY

1995        “Figure Jars”, Dawson County Arts Unlimited, Glendive MT

1995        “Meeting Home”, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown ND

1995        “Meeting Home”, MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney MT

1995        “Meeting Home”, Williston Art Center, Williston ND

1995        “Meeting Home”, Mind’s Eye Gallery, Dickenson State University, Dickinson ND

1994        “Meeting Home”, Texas Tech University Landmark Gallery, Lubbock TX

1992        “What is Your Mothers’ Name”, MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney MT

1991        “What is Your Mothers’ Name” Elan Gallery, Bismarck ND



2014        “46th Annual Art Action”, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT

2010        Frame Hut Holiday Show, Frame Hut, Billings MT

2010        Art Walk Global Village, Billings MT

2005        Art Walk Exhibition”, Hearth Gallery, Billings MT

2001        “Eastern Montana Clay Invitational”, Custer County Art Center, Miles City MT

2000        “Earth and Fire: Works by Selected Ceramic Artists of the Pacific Northwest”, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley College, Yakima WA

1999        “31st Annual Art Action”, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings MT

1999        “20th Annual Juried Exhibit”, Custer County Art Center, Miles City MT

1998        “Text and Texture”, Bloome Street Gallery, New York NY

1998        “30 Annual Art Auction”, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings MT

1998        “Lower Yellowstone Invitational”, Custer County Art Center, Miles City MT

1997        “Contemporary American Ceramics”, Loveland Art Center, Loveland CO

1996        “Animals with Attitudes and Ancient Angels”, two woman show, Cold Mountain Pottery, Billings MT

1996-1998    “Faculty  Exhibition”, Montana State University- Billings, Billings MT

1995        “Faculty Exhibition”, Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND

1992-1993   “Annual M.F.A. Exhibition”, Texas Tech University Landmark Gallery, Lubbock TX

1992        “Reclamation: An Earthwork and Healing Ceremony”, Robinson Ranch, Grassy Butte ND



2009        “Ryan’s Reform” A Laughing Look at Enlightenment, Alliteration ,and , if read aloud, Elocution.   I authored and illustrated this hand bound artist edition of a children’s book about a cat who thinks he is a dog.  Received at the US Register of Copyrights March 3, 2009.

2000        ‘MEA-MFT Educators Conference’, Billings MT, Presenter: Introducing Clay into the Classroom

1999        ‘Montana Arts and Science Conference’, MSU-B, Billings MT, Female Perspectives Panel

1999        ‘The Ceramic Design Book’, Lark Books, Ashville NC., contributing artist



1997-2015 (not possible to include all)   Angela’s Piazza, Northern Plains Resource Council, MSU-B Potters Guild, The Salvation Army, Billings Animal Shelter, Rocky Mountain College Kilns Acquisition, Global Village Fundraiser, Boys and Girls Club, Deaconess Foundation, Yellowstone Art Museum, St. Johns Health Care, MSU-B Art Students League, Carbon County Arts Guild, The HUB, Growth Through Art 



Sally McIntosh, Gallery Director, Ryniker Morrison Gallery.          Tech Hall 27, Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, Mt 59101, (406)259-6565

Jan Hartmann, Distance Education and Community Outreach Director.        Miles Community College, 2715 Dickinson Ave. Miles City, MT 59301, (406) 874-6222

Sandy Davarishkis, Artist, Colleague, Lifelong Friend.        401 South 33rd, Billings, MT 59101,  (406) 670-4159