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Dear ClayHouston members,

Happy New Year!
I hope this letter finds each of you well. I’m so grateful to be serving as ClayHouston’s new president! Thank you all for your continued support and interest in our community. I’m looking forward to all that this year holds for us as an organization.

With that being said, I’m thrilled to announce a brilliant group of humans for the 2022 board:
President: Abbie Preston Edmonson
Vice President: Marie-Hélène Nguyen
Secretary: Carol Berger
Treasurer: Jessica Gutierrez
Communications Chair: Melissa Symmonds
Exhibitions Chair: Jacob Villalobos
Fundraising Co-Chair: Jes Dougherty
Fundraising Co-Chair: Connie Boyd
Membership Chair: Maria Hernandez
Programs Chair: Stephanie Torres
Member-at-Large: Michelle Heinesen
Member-at-Large: Reed Bussey
Past President: Jessica Phillips

Thank you to our outgoing board members Anne Steacy (Past President), Stacy Kuropata (Membership), Mara Cavalcanti Reid (Fundraising), and Anna Mayer (Member at Large) for your dedication, numerous hours of volunteered time, and lending your voice and ideas to ClayHouston. Your impact on our organization will forever be felt. We are so grateful.

Lastly, a special thank you to Jessica Phillips who served as our president during a time of so much uncertainty. Your perseverance, positivity, and ability to adapt in an ever-changing time have made our organization even stronger. Thank you for the ways you’ve selflessly shared your resources.

We have a few wonderful upcoming opportunities this month.

Our January raffle kicks off today with a large beautiful wood-fired vase by our member Daryl McCracken. You can purchase tickets here. Congrats to our December raffle winner Heather Westendarp. Heather won the stunning pair of porcelain stud earrings.

We are so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for the exhibition: Limitless: The 2021 Recipients of ClayHouston’s Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists. The Exhibition will showcase work by award winners, Jihye Han, Tammie Rubin & Earnest Snell and will be presented inside HCCC’s Asher Gallery from January 15 to March 5, 2022. I hope that you’re able to stop by and spend some time with this powerful exhibition.

If we haven't met yet, I look forward to connecting in person soon! Until then, take good care of yourselves.


Abbie Edmonson


Member News

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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 an up-to-date profile page with at least 6-10 images of your work currently on display

  ClayHouston Raffle

The January ClayHouston Raffle features a Stoneware Vase by Daryl McCracken.  This big beautiful wheel-thrown and altered stoneware vase measures 11” tall by 8” wide. It has a stencil slip decoration and is wood fired. 

Tickets are one for $5.00, three for $10.00, or six for $20.00 - Purchase

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 Jan 2022.

Emily Rensink at Museum of Biblical Art

Emily Rensink announces that she will have two pieces in the upcoming group exhibition, “Broken and Whole”, at the Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225.  The exhibition opens September 11th and will run through the middle of January. (


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