Bally Studios: Andre & Virginia Bally a collaborative working studio
BALLY STUDIOS founded in 1994, Virginia & Andre’s partnership began with a common interest and appreciation for Japanese design motifs as well as those of the North American Indian Tribes. Along with a diverse Art and Design background, these influences are reflected in the design and finishes of their work. More recently the influences and inspiration come from transitional Mexican folk arts, including the experimentation and exploration of traditional and nontraditional media and techniques. This, fused with long hours of research, trial and error, makes each piece they produce completely unique.
Virginia Bally received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts, with honors from North Harris County College. Her major study was in ceramics. She was a featured artist in the 1991 Juried Student Art Exhibit and was awarded a scholarship on the strength of her work.
Andre Bally, a graduate of Texas A&M University, Andre also spent one year studying art at Sam Houston State University. After graduating, Andre worked for A & M University in their Student Services Craft Center where he began researching and experimenting with ceramics, glass and metal as a personal interest. Now after more than thirty years, Andre produces works in each medium, combining them for unique results. While admitting his first love continues to be clay, Andre spends significant time developing and executing etched and carved glass designs. His glass design closely follows his interest in Native American Indian forms and patterns. Andre’s work can be found on exhibit in private collections in Canada, Europe, North Africa and the United States.
Their work can be found on exhibit in private collections in Canada, Europe, North Africa and the United States. Andre and Virginia Bally, became partners at Gallery 195, located at 195 Main Street in Boerne, in April of 2018. Their work is currently showing at Gallery 195 of Boerne and at Texcetra Gallery in Johnson City Texas and can also be viewed by appointment at their Studio in the Texas Hill Country.