Gery Henderson was born in El Paso, Texas. The rich culture and history of that region, where Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua all come together, indelibly influenced his artistic sensibilities. When Gery moved to Austin, Texas in 1985, he was primarily designing and producing functional leather items. He started working in clay in 1997 and currently teaches raku and hand building out of his studio.
Gery's art embodies images from low-rider street competitions, Mayan art, church jamaicas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and el Día de los Muertos, with its playful representations of skulls, skeletons, devils, and coffins. Images from New Mexico—Roswell aliens and other unexplained phenomena, Hatch chile, and White Sands missile launches—also find their way into his art. These images are often combined with images of toys and other found objects.
The majority of his work is raku-fired using commercial glazes in addition to glazes he has developed and refined to produce desired effects.
Or contact me: Gery Henderson / Rocket Skull Art Studio, Austin, TX / 512.422.3553