Ishmael Herrera Soto was born in Austin, Texas on February 28, 1932. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1958 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1960.
Mr. Soto has been an Adjunct Professor of Art at the Rio Grande Campus of Austin Community College since 1986, where he currently teaches beginning and advanced Pottery classes. He has also taught Three Dimensional Design, Drawing, and Figure Drawing. From 1965 to 1972, Mr. Soto was Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, he was an Instructor in Pottery at the San Antonio Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas from 1961 to 1964.
Mr. Soto has directed numerous workships in pottery throughout the United States, including Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine; Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, North Carolina; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is the recipient of many awards for his pottery and sculpture, and his work is widely collected.
Mr. Soto has maintained his own studio production in Austin, Westlake, and Blue, Texas since 1960. His annual Studio Show and Sale takes place every year on the second Saturday in December at his studio, Pottery at Blue. The event in 2011 marked the 51rst annual occasion of that event.
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