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       ClayHouston Newsletter     

JULY 2015

Greetings ClayHouston,

Hope everyone had a great 4th! The Summer Series started with Suzanne Sippel. Suzanne’s talk was very informative and she has promised to return.

Natasha Hovey will present her work and discuss her residency in the Netherlands at the July 18th general meeting.

A must see this summer is the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. The ceramics are outstanding.

Save the date… April 29 – May 1, 2016, more details to come!

Thank you for your support. Please send comments about programing to

 All the best,

 CH Board


Empty Bowls Update

This year's Empty Bowls  Houston event was a huge success! $92,800 was raised, which  will enable the Houston Food Bank to provide over 278,400 meals.  This remarkable achievement would not be possible without the support and generosity of the clay community. Over 1800 bowls were donated this year. Many of you also shared your talent by demonstrating at Whole Foods Stores for Community Giving Day on May 7th as well as at the Empty Bowls event on May 16th.  ClayHouston members also donated bowls for the Archway Gallery exhibition and silent auction during the month of May which benefited Empty Houston and the Houston Food Bank.   Please accept my personal gratitude as well as that of all the members of the Empty Bowls steering committee and of the Houston Food Bank.                        

Renee LeBlanc                      

2015 Empty Bowls Houston, Event Chair


Next Meeting  

Saturday, July 18 at 11am

 at the

Looscan Neighborhood Library,2510 Willowick,Houston, Texas 77027 (map)


Artist Natasha Hovey will present her Sunday Morning residency at the European Work Center in the Netherlands. Her contemporary sculptural practice explores the human physiology utilizing microscopic imagery that seeks to make sense of her own being at a genetic level. With the use of the metaphor and anatomical imagery Hovey removes the body from its original context allowing a highly complex system to be stripped to its most basic elements. By translating her genetic information in this way she is able to begin to understand the factors associated with genetic diseases.  

Natasha Hovey was born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa.  In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and in 2014 she received her Master of Fine Arts at The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.  Hovey recently exhibited work at the European Work Center in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Glassell School of Art within The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas and the MANA Contemporary in Chicago. Hovey was awarded a project residency at the European Work Center  in the Netherlands during the summer of 2014 and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.  She has been awarded the University Wide Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, the Iowa Center for the Arts Council Award, and The University of Iowa Emerging Artist Scholarship.

DEL HARROW EVENT Sponsored by HCCC and Glassell


Free Harrow Workshop
Friday, July 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ceramics Studio at the Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. To register, contact Jeff Forster at by July 8th.

The workshop will introduce computer aided design and parametric modeling as tools for exploring ceramic form. Participants will explore basic, practical techniques for translating forms from the computer into clay, along side more abstract ideas surrounding the integration of digital tools into ceramic practice and methodology.

Harrow Lecture
Saturday, July 11, 2:00 PM
Freed Auditorium at the Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Del Harrow lives and works in Fort Collins, CO, and is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University where he teaches sculpture, digital fabrication and ceramics. He has taught and lectured at Penn State University, Kansas City Art Institute, The University of Colorado, Alfred University, the Harvard University Graduate School for Design, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Cranbrook Academy of Art among many others. His work has been exhibited recently at The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The Arizona State University Art Museum, Vox Populi Gallery, and Harvey Meadows gallery. He is represented by Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, MO.       


Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

4848 Main Street, Houston, TX

June 4, 2015 — August 29, 2015
In the Front and Main Galleries

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, an exhibition organized by the Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Highlighting the Museum’s extensive holdings in craft objects made from wood, ceramic and fiber, the exhibition provides a national and international perspective on modern andcontemporary craft and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies.                      

Members Congrats!!  


Polly Ruhlman received an Honorable Mention at the Glassell Student Show. 

Roy Hanscom announces the opening of "The Altered Lid", July 17 - August 29 at DaSilva Gallery in New Haven, CT.

Renee LeBlanc and Thomas Perry submitted bowls that are showing in the exhibition "Working Together: Everyone Eats -- 25 Years of The Empty Bowls Project" on view at the Culinary Arts Museum, Johnson and Wales University, in Providence, RI. The exhibition opened March 24 during the 2015 NCECA conference; it was originally scheduled to close on July 2, but has been extended through August 1. Empty Bowls Houston is represented in the exhibition through stories and posters.

"Visions" an exhibition at the C.G.Jung Center, June 17 through July 18, 2015 will include a new sculpture by Jo Zider from her "Dedicated Bones" series.

Still on view...... 

The Glassell School of Art Student at 5101 Montrose is still on view till July 17. Works by Alexandra Saunders, Rachel Stephens, Anna Shaver, Vivian Pastor, Polly Ruhlman and Bernadette Levaro were selected for the juried show.      

Polly Ruhlman has work in STEAMROLLED V: Everything’s Bigger in Texas, oversized prints from Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints 2015. Juried by Sally Sprout, Williams Tower Gallery director. At the Williams Tower Gallery from June 3 – July 10.

Jeff Forster and Mary Aldrichwill be in the CAMEO - Eighth Emerging Artist Show at Lee College, Baytown, Texas. The show runs until August 7th and features professors’/instructors’ work and the work of their students.

Jeff Forster announces a retrospective exhibition looking at his creative research over the course of the past ten years.  "A Decade of Decomposition and New Growth" will be housed at Mother Dog Studios in downtown Houston from May 30th-August 15th. Mother Dog Studios is located at 720 Walnut St, Houston Texas.  For more information please contact Jeff Forster at


The Glassell Ceramics Department and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft  announce the opening of “Ceramics in the Environment” at the HCCC, 4848 Main Street, Houston TX, on till August 29th.  Mary Aldrich, Loes Berendschot, Nell Gottlieb, Renee LeBlanc, Michelle Matthews, Kimberly Millspaugh, Polly Ruhlman, Anne Stacey, and Wouter Van Der Tol have created installations for the HCCC garden.

Foelber Pottery Kids Summer Pottery Camps. Do you know a young, budding artist? Two week camps to learn sculpting, the potter's wheel, glazing, and Raku firing. More info here.  Located at 706 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX.

Nell Gottlieb is in the VAA 8th Juried Invitational at 1600 Smith Street.                         

Vivian Pastor, Nell Gottlieband Anne Steacy have work in the 2015 Six Pack Show, through July 10 at Live Oak Art Center, 1014 Milam St, Columbus TX (halfway between Austin & Houston).                         


 Calls for Entry:

Archway Gallery SEVENTH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITIONopen call work due July 7-8.

DON'T MISS THE LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE ZANESVILLEPRIZE FOR CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS!!!                        Call for Entries Deadline:  July 17, 2015  $20,000 Best-of-Show prize plus $10,000 in Additional Prizes!! This Year's Jurors:  Garth Johnson, Julia Galloway, Doug Jeck.   See  for details.  

BEST OF TEXAS CLAY Due July 31, 2015

 ClayHouston Member Showat 18 Hands November 7, 2015. More information to come.          




A big thank you to Beck's Prime in the Heights as they have agreed to host ClayTalks for the rest of the summer!  ClayTalks will meet on the second Monday night of July (13th) and August (10th) at Beck's Prime from 7PM-9PM.  Feel free to come and go as you need for your schedule.  All levels of clay experience are welcome!  There is no obligation to bring work in order to participate in the events of the evening. 

If you have questions regarding bringing photos or a device, please email Lisa Kelley at

Who:  This event invitation is extended to all ClayHouston members and their guests

What:  A casual critique of members' work to help brainstorm ideas and troubleshoot

When:  Second Monday night of each month from 7-9PM                        

Where:  Beck's Prime 115 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

Why:  To establish a community of ceramic artists within Houston

How:  Bring your actual work or photos of your work.  We will have a laptop and a projector with a VGA cable.  You can bring your photos on a cd, thumbdrive, etc, or bring a device which can accept a VGA interface.  A ClayHouston member will be there to help with the technology. 

More news....

Potter's Council Workshop 


 Location:  Armadillo Clay and Supply in Austin, TX.

 Dates:  September 4-6, 2015

 Presenters:  Jennifer Allen, Mark Cole, Stan Irvin and Robbie Lobell

 Cost:  Registration Information

 PC Member: $320

 Non-member: $372

Web site for more information and to sign up:





  ClayHouston Summer Series

Saturday, August 15 11am


Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Proposal: Exhibition and Grant Proposal Writing for Scaredy Cats


Writing proposals for art exhibitions and grants can seem like a daunting process. In this talk, Cary Reeder will cover the basic elements of exhibition and grant proposals including developing an exhibition or project idea, writing a bio, CV, and artist statement, as well as developing a budget, all with the goal of taking the fear out of the proposal writing process.

Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has made Houston, Texas her home since 1998. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter in the early 80s and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston from 2006-2013. In between her stint as a graphic artist and returning to art school, she had a 20+ year career as a grant writer and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been included in numerous local, regional, and national juried exhibitions. In 2013 she had a solo show at Lawndale Art Center and a two-person exhibition at the University of Houston-Downtown, and received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. She was featured in New American Paintings in 2014 and teaches at the Art League Houston and the Glassell School of Art.


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Houston, TX 77266

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