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Dear ClayHouston members,

Hello everyone!

I hope the month of February is finding you with creativity, health and excitement for the year to come. The board recently met for the first time this year, and I am so inspired by the ideas and thoughtfulness that came out of our time together.

This month, there will be a number of exciting events that I hope you’ll all be able to attend.

Firstly, we are so delighted to announce the opening of the Texas BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Ceramic Artists Awards once again this year. The call opens on Monday, February 9 and closes on Monday, March 21 at Midnight.

Secondly, Clay Talks begins again on Thursday, February 17 from 6-7 PM on Zoom. Join us as our new programs chair, Stephanie Torres, will lead us in making a clay flower. Feel free to bring one pound or less of your favorite clay to participate.  As always, you can bring a piece of work for show-and-tell if you'd like, or any clay questions/ideas you've been wanting to bounce around. It s a great chance to say hello and catch up. Register here.

On Saturday February 24 at 2 PM, ClayHouston will be co-hosting a lecture with The Glassell School of Art featuring world-renowned ceramic artist Chris Gustin. He will discuss his work, reflections on the founding of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the value of the residency experience. Register here.

ClayHouston now has a Spotify! To kick it off, our board members will begin by creating their own playlists of favorite music. Feel free to download and listen while you’re creating + working in the studio. We’d love to hear what you’re listening to as well! Let us know if you’re interested in sharing one of your playlists with ClayHouston. You can email us a link to your playlist at, subject line “Spotify Playlist.”

Thank you to our member Daryl McCracken for donating his beautiful wood fired vase for our January raffle. Congratulations to our winner, Heather Squires Thomas.

Lastly, I’d love to leave each of you with something that’s been inspiring or influencing my studio practice. Some of the most valuable resources have come from my fellow artists. I hope you find this corner of the newsletter helpful!

This month’s recommendations: Art-Write by Vicki Krohn Amorose. This book is all about helping artists to write about their work successfully. This has been a must read for myself and my practice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

I’m so glad you are here. Thank you for being a part of our community! Take good care of yourselves.


Abbie Edmonson


Member News

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David Waddell at Kinder

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Faculty and Students have a show “Perspectives:  A Selection of Student and Faculty Artwork From HSPVA”  in the lobby of TC Energy Center at 700 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002.  It is on display from January 14, 2022- March 13, 2022.

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Terry Hagiwara at Beeville

Beeville Art Museum announces the opening of the ceramic art exhibition, "Mostly Raku", of Terry Hagiwara at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, TX 78102. Exhibit runs from January 31-April 30, 2022. The museum will host a closing reception on Saturday, April 30, from noon-2:00 pm. For more information - The Beeville Art Museum  

Emily Rensink at Del Mar

Emily Rensink has been invited to exhibit in the “56th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculptures Show” at Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christie, TX 78404.  The exhibition runs February 18 - May 6, 2022 with an opening reception tentatively scheduled for February 18, 2022 from 6-8pm. (


Jeff Forster at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Jeff Forster announces his participation in the exhibition “Nothing Goes to Waste” at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, January 29th-May 7th.  Nothing Goes to Waste showcases a survey of artists who find exciting ways to reuse and repurpose materials,  scraps, and castoffs through ingenuity. Highlighting works created from discarded materials like ceramic shards, cut paper, and marble remnants, the exhibition explores how salvaged material can inspire creativity and provoke curiosity about the impact various industrial and artistic processes have on the ecology of the planet. HCCC opening reception Friday, January 28 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.

Jeff Forster at Lonestar College - Kingwood

Jeff Forster announces his participation in “Flux” at Lonestar College - Kingwood art gallery.  The exhibition runs from January 10-February 25th with a closing reception on February 25th from 5 - 7:00 p.m. 

Jessica Kreutter at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Jessica Kreutter has work in "Case Study Space" an installation honoring Clint Willour featuring Houston-based former residents, Houston Center for Comptempory Craft, 4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, Open November 4, 2021 - February 5, 2022,

Jessica Kreutter at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Jessica Kreutter has work acquired for Houston's Civic Art Collection in the Houston Airport System and to be installed at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airports (HOU).

Renee Lieber at Museum of Biblical Arts

Renee Lieber has work "Matzoh Towers" on loan to Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, Texas through April 2022.

Renee Lieber at Artspace 111

Renee Lieber has work "Capri Halo" in Texas Sculpture Group exhibit at Artspace 111, Fort Worth

Cynthia Wisener at Glassell

Cynthia Wisener in Glassell Figurative Students Past and Present Artists 2000-2021, second floor gallery, Glassell School of Art through Feb 9, 2022.

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      Third Coast Clay presents “Randy Brodnax: Raku Experience”. Join us for three memorable days of Randy’s expertise and showmanship covering alternative throwing and firing techniques. Participants will need to bring 6 bisque pots/sculptures (Cone 5-10 clay or porcelain) no larger than 6”x6” wide or deep. No bowls or plates. March 4th - 6th, 9-4pm each day. 8519 N. Main St. Houston, TX 77022. Cost - $350.  Register at

      Join us at Third Coast Clay for “Roy Hanscom: No Limits” a presentation and demonstration of Roy’s expansive knowledge of his clay techniques. Roy has won several awards along with being included in the private collection of the San Angelo Fine Art Museum. Most recently, Roy’s work was featured on the back cover of Ceramic Monthly, Sept. 2021. Watch as he creates an undulating altered piece from start to finish. April 2 - 3, 10-4pm each day. 8519 N. Main St. Houston, TX 77022. Cost - $200. Register at  

      The Fire Gallery

      The Fire Gallery announces the opening of the pottery studio at 2102 Edwards st in Sawyer Yards behind the Silos in the Heights.   Wheels and kilns for pottery and glass slumping/fusing.

      Offering open pottery studio for members on Saturday from 12 - 5.  And pottery classes during the week.   See the website to sign up.  Classes are limited to five people. Reserve your spot now.


      Address: 3308 Garrow Street ( in the Starseed Hostel Warehouse ). Please wear a mask to keep everyone safe.

      Handbuilding Intensive Workshop with Michelle Heinesen

      Date: Feb 12th 9-4 pm 

      Cost: $150 /person. Email to reserve your seat today!

      Learn basic handbuilding techniques in a day - this beginners' workshop is all about getting creative, having a good time and experimenting with clay in a friendly environment. Techniques covered will include slab building, coiling, pinching and kurinuki. All levels of experience are welcome! 

      Stoneware clay, handbuilding tools and bisque firing of pieces are included. 

      Option to glaze artwork as an add-on class (please contact for more info)


      Basic Moldmaking & Slipcasting Workshop with Kathleen Hamlet

      Dates: March 5-6th & 12-13th | 9-4 pm ( 2 weekends, 24 hours total )

      Cost: $350 /person. Email to reserve your seat today!

      Molds are a relatively easy way to create simple or complex ceramic forms that can be replicated many times.This introduction to plaster mold making for use with clay casting slip will provide the student with hands-on experience into how plaster molds are made and used in ceramics. 

      Participants are welcome to bring your own object to create a single-piece mold or use one of the provided vessels. 

      - Previous experience with ceramics is desirable, all skill levels are welcome! Classes are comprised of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 people to ensure personalized attention. All materials, tools & firing included.


      Flower Dish Making Workshop with Gabo Martinez

      Dates: February 19th & 20th | 12-3 pm (6 hours total)

      Cost: $150 /person. Email to reserve your seat today!

      This workshop will focus on crafting & carving colorful imagery onto slab built dishes. Gabo will be demonstrating how to utilize slump molds to create unique platters & dishes with petaled rims, sgraffito technique of carving through slip or underglaze. Participants are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks or visual imagery that interests them.

      Day 1 will be focused on using slump molds to craft a maximum of three pieces. Gabo will demonstrate how she adds feet to her pieces, as well as how the rims can be petaled to create dynamic flower pots. 

      Day 2 will be carving intensive. Gabo will demonstrate how she preps and uses food coloring as guides for her carved designs.

      -Some previous experience in ceramics is preferred

      -Classes are comprised of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 people to ensure personalized attention.

      All materials, tools & firing included


      Opening for Experienced Ceramics Instructor

      Evelyn Rubenstein JCC now hiring an experienced ceramics instructor to teach and lead a variety of ceramic offerings to adults. Instruct both wheel throwing and hand-building ceramic classes and/or workshops. For more information - download




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