Tena Payne has been a dedicated and accomplished potter since the 1970's, established for many years as one of the Southeast's finest Raku artists. She has been actively involved in the leadership of the local clay community and is a charter member of the prominent co-operative fine-art gallery, Artists Incorporated. Tena also serves as the alternate Alabama representative to the American Craft Council. In the late ‘90's Tena was commissioned to create functional restaurant pottery by Birmingham's renowned chef, Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club . This huge success grew to what is now Earthborn Studios, Inc. which has restaurant and retail installations around the country.