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February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter

Greetings and may 2018 be a wonderfully creative year.

I am delighted to be writing this letter as the President of ClayHouston. The ClayHouston family is an important part of my life as a clay artist and a person. I hope all of you feel the same way. Please take a moment to meet your wonderful, hardworking ClayHouston Board. Go to the contact tab on the website and click the board member’s names, this will take you to their member’s page.

The much-awaited Alberto Bustos Workshop has come and gone and it was spectacular. Like so many ceramic artists Alberto is a wonderfully giving individual. He shared products, tools techniques and sensibilities. The delicate nature of his work had many of us on the edges of our seats with breath held. We will be featuring pictures of his finished demonstration works on our Facebook page. Thank you Jodi Walsh and Ron Loyd for making this happening and Hans Molzberger, HBU for hosting us. Thanks to the Ceramic Store for donating clay for Alberto Bustos’ demos.

Now for the future. We have a date, location and, best of all, two wonderful artists for our fall Symposium. It will be the weekend of October 20 & 21 and will be hosted by Houston Baptist University (thank you Hans) featuring Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Adam Field. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for all of our upcoming events.

Check our new “Swap Shop” tab, a member driven bulletin board for buying, selling and trading ceramic needs. Just forward what you have/need in a cut and paste format including your name, e-mail and phone number to our Communication Chair, Ron Loyd . Your note will be posted for one month. ClayHouston’s roll is hosting the bulletin board only. All communication will be directly to and from you.

May 2018 be the best year ever.

Anne Steacy

P.S. If you’d like to be more involved, please contact me at info@clayhouston.org

ClayTalks: Next Meeting
February 12th, 7-9 pm

ClayTalks meets the second Monday of each month from 7pm -9pm at Becks Prime in the Houston Heights (115 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008). All levels of clay experience are welcome! There is no obligation to bring work in order to participate in the events of the evening.

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Thanks to all that attended the Alberto Bustos Workshops

Coming soon on ClayHouston.org, detailed  information on materials, techniques, recipes and processes from Alberto Bustos workshop.

Call for ClayHouston Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for HCCC Craft Community Day. They will set up one table with samples of work done by members of ClayHouston. You can also set up a demonstration and/or have an interactive hands on activity to engage the visitors.  We will provide ClayHouston’s banner and provide promotional brochures. Because this is an education experience, we ask that no sales take place during the event. ClayHouston members will set up on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:30am-11am and have a representative at your booth at all times during the event on March 3rd (11am-3pm).
To volunteer go to our Call for Volunteer Event Page .


 It's that time of year again when the Empty Bowls Committee starts gearing up for another great event, and it all starts with you.  We are asking for bowl donations of course! Last year we had over 1500 bowls donated in a variety of mediums -clay, wood, paper, metal and fiber and over 700 people attended the event.  While most bowls are soup-sized and are offered for a $25 donation, larger bowls are very popular and priced accordingly. Since Empty Bowls Houston's inception 14 years ago, we've raised with your help $801,629,  enabling the Houston Food Bank to provide over 2.4 million meals! This year's event is being held Saturday May 19th at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, from 11-3.  

Bowl donations may be dropped of at HCCC or at  the Ceramic Store from May 1st through May 17th. 

Are you interested in taking on the 100 Bowl Challenge? If so, send us an email and we'll  give you all the details. 

On behalf of the Empty Bowls Committee we'd like to say that we truly appreciate your past support and hope that you will continue to help fill the empty bowls of those who go hungry in Houston.

Thank you so much!!

Renee LeBlanc           mudgirl101@gmail.com 
Samantha Oldham    sam.l.oldham@gmail.com
Empty Bowls Houston 2018, Event Co-Chairs

Houston Area Ceramic Artists Exhibit
at Houston Community College

The Art Gallery at Houston Community College Central Campus presents Collective Transference: An Exhibit of Houston Area Ceramic Artists on view Jan 23 - Feb 17, 2018. Originally on view at The Cole Art Center, Reavley Gallery at Stephen F. Austin State University, the exhibit is now available to Houston audiences at the HCC Art Gallery located at 3517 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77004.

Curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews.

Michelle Matthews Exhibits "Sculpted" at Lawndale

Join Michelle this Friday, February 9th from 6-8pm for the opening of Sculpted, her large-scale site specific installation in the Lawndale Art Center Sculpture Garden. Sculpted is composed of nine forms of carved, unfired clay. The raw nature of the medium will react unpredictably to environmental forces, mimicking the beauty of chance in geologic formations such as Bryce Canyon of Utah or The Badlands of South Dakota.  The exhibition is on view from February 9 to March 25 in the Lawndale Sculpture Garden. 

Join Lawndale Saturday, February 24th at 2 PM for a conversation with
Sculpted ceramicist Michelle Matthews, sculptor Joe Havel, and Houston
Center for Contemporary Craft's Executive Director, Perry Price. In this
conversation, Matthews, Havel, and Price will discuss Sculpted, Matthews'
artistic practice and temporality in art.

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street, Houston TX 77002


Coming to ClayHouston.org


Member driven bulletin board for buying, selling and trading ceramic needs. 
send information to Ron.Loyd@ClayHouston.org

Regional Clay News

Four-Part Glaze Workshop

February 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Wednesday’s 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 

This is a four-part glaze instruction workshop. Each class will last 2 hours. Each week we will focus on a different type of lowfire glazes, underglazes, washes & overglaze highlighting their use and alternative applications. All supplies included skill level beginner class fee $200.

800-290-8990 or 713-864-6442
email: ceramicsstoreinc@sbcglobal.net


NCECA's 52nd Annual Conference, March 14-17, 2018 . It is time to book your Pittsburgh hotel… NCECA negotiates special rates and blocks of rooms for conference registrants. Hotel accommodations information for 2018 is now available at this link: 


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