Laura Dishman Dabney is a founding member of Encina Art Center and teaches pottery classes and children’s classes at the center.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in Art for Texas Tech University and a Master of Education degree with a professional certificate in diagnostics from Sul Ross State University.  She taught in Public Schools in Uvalde and Edna, Texas, for 31 years spending 16 years teaching Art 1, Ceramics 2 and 3, and Advanced Placement Art History.  She taught ceramics for three semesters at Southwest Texas Junior College.  For the past eight years she had taught art at Uvalde Classical Academy to studesnts for the ages of 4 through 16.  In addition to her undergraduate work in the art at Texas Tech, Laura attended eight summer conferences for AP Art History preparation and certification and completed various workshops through Texas Art Educators Association over 16 years of membership.  She has taken three summer workshops in graduate ceramics with James Watkins at the Texas Tech Center in Junction and participates in ongoing studies with Heidi England in decorative furniture and wood painting.

A Native Uvaldean, Laura was married to the late Ray Dabney for 38 years.  They have two children and six grandchildren.  She was chosen in 2000 and 2001 to present workshops on mural paining to the National Art Educators Conference in New York City and Los Angeles.  She was also selected in 2009 to be a AP Reader for Art History in Kansas City.

“I have had a lifelong interest in creativity and expression through art and craft.  I enjoy sharing experiences, skills and knowledge of a variety of media with others,” she said.