Traveling Teachers

Paula McCoy

Paula McCoy

Owner of Colors for Earth, LLC

Paula’s artistry and ability to convey the process has been recognized and acknowledged by students nationwide as superior.

Paula takes artistic license with realism in a manner that is bright, fresh and picturesque. Woven through each one of her designs is the stamp of her creativity. She ventures from dazzling to elegant in the subjects she chooses to re-create in fired art.

Paula has traveled extensively teaching others her style of decorating. She is based in the Dallas – Fort Worth Region of the U.S. She is the Associate Director for all Licensed Associates/Consultants for Colors for Earth.

Paula holds Certification Certificates from: Duncan, Gare, Mayco, Doc Holiday, Ceramichome, Dona’s.

Contact Paula for more information about bringing the Colors for Earth Colors into your studio or becoming a CFE Traveling Teacher.

Shelly Long

Shelly Long

Licensed Associates

Blessed to be Married to an amazing pastor since 1985 and the mother of 4 great kids, I have been painting, and teaching people to paint, most of my life.  I am a certified teacher for Doc Holliday, Kimple (Creative Paradise) and Colors For Earth.  I developed a deep love for painting at a very early age.  Casting, cleaning greenware, and even hand-building were all a part of my every day childhood, growing up in my family’s ceramic business. However, sitting at the table during classes and seminars, soaking up information and painting along with the students was by far my favorite way to spend the day.  Learning from the previous generation’s wealth of knowledge and from talented teachers, including my mother, and even some that traveled to our shop, from as far as Germany, gave me a broad range of techniques and perspectives.  My family owned several shops throughout the metro Denver area over a 40 year period, including a plaster mold company, giving me a broad range of experience with several different types of clay, hydro cal and porcelain.  I began teaching in high school and have been teaching ever since. I love it! It gives me great joy to see people find talent they never thought they had and take home pieces they can be proud of .

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see the colorful clouds in the sky or the deep purple mountains and get the urge to pick up my brush and paint because of God’s beautiful creation! I have tried to create inspiring pieces with easy to follow instruction packets to help you learn to paint. I hope you will paint along with me and enjoy it as much as I do. Please feel free to ask me questions as you paint along!  Happy Painting!

Mark Hufford

Mark Hufford
Licensed Associate

Mark is a fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer and art instructor located in Buda, Texas, just south of Austin. He currently teaches private drawing instruction, owns Personali-t-z (a direct to garment printing and sublimation printing business launched in 2013). In addition, Mark also creates original designs and graphic design work for CFE and Screen It On.

In 2002, Mark took his first ceramics class with instructor Paula McCoy and his interest in fired arts quickly grew. He worked in a Dallas area ceramics studio where he became a licensed instructor for the Colors for Earth products testing and developing techniques that he taught on designs he created. In 2003 he was published in Fired Arts magazine with his honey comb and bee birdhouse using colors for earth CC’s and slip-piping.

With an extensive background in business and retail management, looking toward the future, and still working a fulltime job, Mark went back to school to receive is degree in graphic design through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduating with honors and a 4.0 GPA in 2009.

As an artist, Mark is always pushing the limits of all mediums and thinks ‘out of the box’ when it comes to any given mediums use. He works in ceramics, oils, acrylics, watercolors, soft pastels and graphite, and now beginning to work with the CFE glass color products.