Ro Shaw works in his clay studio in Salado.Ro Shaw works in his clay studio in Salado.Salado artist Rolando (Ro) Shaw has been named the new chair of the Visual Arts Department at Temple College.

Shaw is the owner of Ro Shaw Studio in Salado. He has been doing ceramics for more than 20 years.

“As a kid I thought you had to be able to draw to be an artist,” Shaw said. “When I got to college and saw people making things, it blew my mind.”

Shaw earned a B.F.A from Texas A&M University-Commerce and an M.F.A from Texas Tech University. His work is included in many public collections and art-related publications, and he has been featured in Texas Monthly, Austin Monthly, Texas Highways and AAA Texas Journeys magazine.

In graduate school, Shaw taught Ceramic and 3-D Design and also managed the School of Art Wood Shop. Since then, he has continued to teach classes on his own, especially classes in Wheel Throwing and Hand Building. He also has provided teacher development workshops for high school instructors, as well as in-service training and in-class demonstrations at local high schools and universities.

“Since moving to the area years ago I was intrigued by the fact that Temple had a college and it had a Visual Arts Department,” Shaw said.

As chair of the department, Shaw said he looks forward to expanding the department’s equipment and technology to stay competitive with larger programs in the area.

“I would like to have our students leave a bit more advanced than most and be eligible for greater opportunities,” he said.