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April 2019 Newsletter


The reception for our regional exhibition TIMELESS CLAY: Future Artifacts, was very successful with many of the exhibiting artists travelling long distances to be in attendance. Best of show went to Pat Johnson’s “What if it Was You, What if it Was Me”  and the two special merit awards went to Gabo Martinez “Untitled 1” and Lauren Clay “Blue Skies Landscape Cylinder.” Congratulations to all and a  special thank you to our Juror Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Tim Novak with HCC as well as our exhibits committee.

I would like to take a moment to welcome our new and returning members for 2019, Diane Block, V Chin, Jill Heatley,  Stacy Kuropata, Bruce Sallee, Brothers Bermudez and Amanda Stephens, Welcome to ClayHouston!. To get to know them visit their member pages.

Registration is open for our next Clay Creative which will be hosted by Betsy Evans at her Winter Street Studio on April 14th. We will start with a social hour and then learn about “Demystifying Documenting Artwork.” It should be a great program and a nice chance to socialize.

Julie Fisher is doing a great job working with our communications committee to maintain ClayHouston's Facebook presence. Be sure to add your comments and events for all to see.

Sierra Estes, our Membership Chair, had some good news this week. She received a scholarship at Pendelton this summer. Congrats Sierra!

Only a few spaces are left for our Pop-up Marketplace April 20 at the All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights. For more information, and to reserve a booth, scroll down. This is a ClayHouston event for the membership. The only cost to you is the rental of a table. 

Registration will open late April for “Clay Bodies,” our 5th annual symposium. It will be hosted at Glassell Oct 19 & 20. The artists will be Lorna Meaden and Thaddeus Erdahl.

Remember: if you have items you want to buy, trade or giveaway send a description and photo to to get them posted on the Swap Shop on our website.  

Wishing you all a great spring and Happy Easter.

Anne Steacy


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We want every member to have the opportunity to be featured on the Member Spotlight. In order to be selected you must have a up-to-date profile page with at least 6-10 images of your work currently on display.

We have secured our venue for the 2nd Annual Members Pop-Up Marketplace. It will be at All Saints Catholic Church on April 20 from 10 am-4 pm. There will be 10' x 10' spots as well as 6' table spaces available. We had a wonderful turn out last year and great press coverage in The Leader. We hope you will consider taking part in this year's Pop-Up and help us make it another successful event.  Students are encouraged to apply for the Pop-Up and can email for student scholarships to cover the cost of a 6' booth space.  Register Here

ClayHouston will be hosting our second free Clay Creative, "Demystifying Documenting Artwork" on Sunday, April 14 from 1-3PM. Learn to photograph your ceramic pieces!  Join us at Betsy Evan's studio (Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street Houston, 77007 Studio #4, upstairs) as she will show quick and easy setups, suggest places to purchase equipment, and talk about approaches to photographing your work. This is a hands-on Clay Creative so bring either your phone, IPad, camera and/or a piece of work. The talk will begin at 1:30 PM. Betsy will keep her studio open until 5 PM for questions and additional social time.  Register Here

Empty Bowls Houston is gearing up for its 15th annual event which helps the Houston Food Bank battle food insecurity in the Greater Houston area.  This year’s event is Saturday, May 18th from 11-3 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.  Artists are invited to create and donate soup-sized bowls which will be sold for $25.  For each bowl purchased, the Food Bank can provide 75 nutritious meals.   Larger bowls are also accepted and priced accordingly. Since the inception of Empty Bowls Houston, artists like you have helped provide over 2.6 million meals! 

Preview Party will be held on Friday, May 17th from 6-8 at HCCC. Attendees purchasing an admission ticket for $50 will have first choice of the bowls and enjoy light bites, drinks and craft camaraderie. 

To donate bowls, artists may bring them to the Ceramic Store or HCCC from May 1st to May 16th For the event Volunteer Here

Damon Thomas in True North 2019

Damon Thomas’ mixed-media sculpture, “Home Fire,” is one of eight large-scale sculptures included in True North 2019 the sixth iteration of the annual public sculpture exhibit along Heights Boulevard. Standing approximately seven feet high, “Home Fire” combines ceramic “logs” with a metal “flame” and base. This is the first year that ceramic sculpture has been included since True North began in 2014. On view Mar 10 -  Dec 15. For more information:

Jeff Forster in True North 2019

Jeff Forster has “North Space Ruin” in the 1800 block of Heights in "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  Located at the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work accepted in the Glassell Student Exhibition “Water” at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. from Mar 22 to Jun 14,  Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.

Nell Gottlieb - open studio 

Nell Gottlieb invites you to visit her studio (Room 214) as part of the Bermac Open Studios on Sunday April 7 from 3-5 pm,  Bermac Building, 4101 San Jacinto St., Houston 77004.

Jeff Forster at Galveston College

Jeff Forster has a solo show in the Fine Arts Gallery at Galveston College from March 6th-April 4th.  There is a closing reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 pm with an artist's talk at 6:30.

Vivian Pastor at Silver Street

Vivian Pastor announces the opening of her exhibit “ Diversity and Richness”  featuring artworks by artist from Sawyer yards with the connection to Latin American culture .  At Silver St., Studios 2000 Edward St., Houston, TX 77007 on view March 23 through April 28 2019.

Carol Berger at Archway Gallery

Carol Berger invites you to attend the opening of her exhibition, From the Earth at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Tx 77006 on April 6, 2019, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Her exhibition runs from April 6, 2019 through May 2, 2019.  Berger will also do a demonstration on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 3pm, at Archway Gallery.  To view her work on the gallery website, click here after April 6:   

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk at TANK Project Space

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk announces an opening of her site-specific installation “Past forgotten, Presence unknown, Future imminent”. The exhibition takes place at TANK Project Space at Spring St. Studios, 1824 Spring St, Houston TX, 77007. The installation is on view from April 13 to June 29, 2019. The artist’s reception date TBD

Lilly Lerner at Museum Maja

Lilly Lerner exhibition "Voices and Purses" at the Museum Maja in Jerico, Antioquia, Colombia during month of April.  Opening is Sat, April 7 at 7:00 pm.  

The following are some suggested events you may want to consider:

Gallery Talks, UH MFA Thesis Exhibition

Blaffer Art Museum/University of Houston

4173 Elgin Street, Houston, TX, 77004

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us for gallery talks by exhibition MFA artists. Tuesday’s talks feature: Rafael Gamero, Amanda Shilling, Sunni Forcier, Erin Carty, Jinyong Choi, Melissa Noble, Jimmy Castillo, and Derek Witucki.

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join us for gallery talks by exhibiting MFA artists. Wednesday's talks will feature: Dylan Conner, Angel Castelán, Haoxiang Zhang, Karen Martinez, Rob Redfearn, Madison Luetge, Leticia Contreras

2019 HBU Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 25th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Held in the University Academic Center, Bldg. 18,  Houston Baptist University located at 7502 Fondren Rd, Building #18, Houston, TX 77074
Exhibition continues through Monday, May 27th.

Night time Raku workshop

April 27th - 7 pm

Duration 3-4 hours

Cost:  $85.00

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Regional News

Foelber Pottery

Foelber Pottery invites all to the 23rd Annual "Contained & Arranged" exhibit. 

706 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77006

A creative collaboration between local potters and area floral designers. Opening night reception: Friday, April 12 from 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition runs through April 24. View extended gallery hours and photos at

Third Coast Clay Student Art Show & Sale

Third Coast Clay and V Chin’s classes are excited to announce their first ever Student Art Show & Sale at 1001 Louise St., Houston, TX 77009 on Sat. April 27th from 10am-3pm. Swing by to meet some makers, have a snack, and buy a pot or three. For more information: or

HCCC presents "To Be of Use"

HCCC presents "To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork," a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade.  On Friday, February 1, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, the public is invited to join HCCC for the exhibition reception, which also features "Tom Loeser: Please Please Please," open studios by the resident artists, and beer provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. The exhibition is on view February 2 - May 12, 2019.  4848 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002. More info at


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