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Londoner turns into homespun Texan

By Mark Warde

Little did she know while taking a ceramics class in high school that the class was molding her for a career. What appeared to be fun and creative would soon shape her young life into a vessel that would do the same for others.

Born in London, England but sounding nothing like it, is Katie Payne, 27. She doesn’t pronounce her first name as you’d expect; she’s not Kite or Kite-ee.

She moved to the U.S. as a young girl when her parents left the United Kingdom and settled in Florida. Eventually they came west in search of farm land and chose Kerens, Texas, a mere 34 miles from Ennis.

Now going into her fifth year at Ennis High School, she’s teaching ceramic art, oddly enough, in CATE – career and technical education. There are three faculty on staff; Leah Smith – who covers all mediums in teaching Art I and Art II, Cheryl Kelly – the instructor of fiber (fabric) arts as well as jewelry, and Katie.

The building she works in, Vocational Center & Career Studies, is also where horticulture, wood shop, welding, metal shop and auto tech are located.

In 1969, a brass and rock band from New York, Blood, Sweat and Tears, produced a major hit by lead singer David Clayton-Thomas, who incidentally, was born in Surrey, England. “Spinning Wheel” was not about a pottery wheel, but rather, coming full circle in life.

Katie Payne relates well to both.

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