Big Bend Trading Company

Big Bend Trading Company

Big Bend Trading Company, the museum’s gift shop, sells books related to the Big Bend and the museum’s collections. It also carries a variety of clothing, gifts and crafts for children and adults including Gorky Pottery, Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds, and Big Bend Collection Candles.

Gorky  Pottery: Gorky González founded Alfarería Tradicional, the first pottery workshop in Guanajito, in order to reproduce and preserve the traditional majolica pottery technique of the region. All Gorky Pottery is food safe according to FDA standards and regulations. The Museum of the Big Bend is the exclusive retail outlet of Gorky Pottery in the Big Bend.

Charley Harper Handcrafted Birds: Charley Harper born on a farm in West Virginia, studied art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he later made his home. For more than 60 years, without computers, Mr. Harper captured color, shape and movement. He uniquely simplified intricate and complex lines through his painted art. Designed by Gold Leaf Design Group and approved by the Harper Estate, each of these birds is a representation of Mr. Harper’s “minimal realism.”

 Big Bend Collection Candles: Created exclusively for the Museum of the Big Bend, these artisanal soy candles were inspired by the desire to bring nature’s calm, serene fragrances of the Big Bend into all environments. Each candle is carefully crafted from start to finish in the USA, using only the finest, locally sourced materials to ensure the highest quality.

Work by Local Artists at Big Bend Trading Company

Judy Howell Freeman

As a potter, my passion is deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition of creating handmade vessels that are beautiful in design and functional in form.

I learned to throw in 1978, but for many years my desire to become a potter was put on hold while I raised my family and pursued a career in the non-profit world. I returned to ceramics in 2005 when I retired and enrolled in classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, where I received my Certificate in Ceramics. In 2011, I moved to Alpine, Texas where I continued my studies in ceramics at Sul Ross University and built a home studio.

I draw my inspiration from the stark beauty of the Chihuahuan desert’s highland grasslands, the rugged mountains and desert flora. Traditions in the decorative arts and woodcarving techniques also influence my surface design.

Each unique porcelain piece is created by hand and individually carved — no two pieces are alike.

Photographer Tim McKenna

Tim McKenna is a 6th generation Texan who started his photography career when his Irish grandmother gave him his first camera at the age of 8. He worked as a professional photographer for Neiman Marcus in the Houston area starting in the 1970s. Tim went on to a career in banking and other businesses in Austin, Texas, for the next 35 years. He and his wife, Julie, lived aboard their 38-foot sailing yacht for twelve years on Lake Travis. Tim retired as a commercial, scientific and archeological diver, as well as the lead sailing instructor for the Austin Yacht Club’s ASA Program, in 2010.

On a short vacation to the Big Bend, Tim and his wife fell in love with the scenic beauty of the area and purchased a small ranch near Big Bend National Park. They moved to their ranch in 2011 and built a new home using recycled shipping containers that are powered by off-grid solar, and they utilize rain water catchment for their water supply. Tim now concentrates on trying to capture the scenic grandeur and wildlife of the Big Bend Region. Tim was commissioned to do the Big Bend National Park Calendar for 2018 and has also donated photographs for use on several trailhead signs throughout Big Bend National Park. In support of the community, Tim has donated his work to many fundraisers and charities within the Big Bend Region and beyond.

His photographs are now in public and private collections in the United States and around the world. Tim’s work is available for purchase at Gallery on the Square in Alpine, TX, at Marguerite’s Quilt Shop and at the Big Bend Resorts and Adventures Café in Terlingua, TX, as well as the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park. You may also view his work on his Facebook page, under Tim McKenna Terlingua. Please contact Tim with any questions or inquiries about custom orders. Shipping is available. You may reach Tim either on FaceBook at or email him at moc.o1544418644ohay@1544418644anneK1544418644cMlia1544418644S1544418644.

Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide

A full-color softcover book containing 52 photographs by Jim Bones of the Continental Divide from Alaska into Mexico alongside ekphrastic poetry, poems written after reflecting on an objet d’art, by 39 poets from Texas and New Mexico. A low resolution copy of the book can be viewed here.

This anthology is a record of the exhibit Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide which is currently showing at the Museum Big Bend from January 13 – March 25, 2018.

The book retails for $24.95 + tax, $5.00 for shipping.