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Next Meeting: Saturday, March 5 at Glassell School of Art

March 2016 Newsletter

Greetings {Contact_First_Name},

I had the privilege to spend time with Piero Fenci, his grad students and undergraduates at SFASU in Nacogdoches this week. The work coming from the studio was fresh and exciting, pulsing with energy as were the suggestions to grow ClayHouston beyond its Houston boundaries. That is what this organization is about, creating friendship and creating an environment that encourages our members to reach beyond their boundaries.

Speaking of talent, make plans to attend the opening reception for ClayHouston's first Biennial Regional Exhibit "Clay: Body, Mind, and Soul" on Saturday, April 2 from 5pm-7pm at the C.G. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.

Electric Dirt: A New Ceramic Landscape with Garth Johnson, David Hicks and Cheyenne Rudolph is scheduled for April 30, 2016 – May 1, 2016. This event is co-sponsored with The Glassell School of Art and Museum of Fine Art, Houston. The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to register at as space is limited to the first 150 registrants.

All the best,

Michelle Matthews

ClayHouston President

March Program: Lecture, Jeff Forster

March 5,  11:30-12:30 pm - Lecture, Jeff Forster, Ceramic Chair at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Glassell School of Art, "The Active Maker". This lecture will look briefly at Jeff's application of re-use and environmental intervention and how these ideologies have grown in a broader contemporary context.  "The Active Maker" moves beyond artists whose intentions are to create activist work to include artists who work similarly for intrinsic rewards.  Makers who implement sustainable practices, make sustainable work and focus on social engagement will be addressed. Glassell School, 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Entrance 81, Suite 2-25G,Houston, TX 77021. Parking will be validated - take a token at the gate and bring it to the lecture for validation.    

Future Programs

April 2, 5-7 pm - Opening Clay:Body, Mind, and Soul, a ClayHouston Biennial Regional Exhibit. The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006

April 23, 1:30 - Guided Exhibit Tour - HCCC - At Your Service. Kathryn Hall, HCCC Curator, will lead ClayHouston members on a tour of their current show, At Your Service. This exhibition examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street, Houston TX 77002

April 30- May 1, Symposium, Cosponsored by ClayHouston and Glassell School of Art. Midrange firing with Garth Johnson, Cheyenne Rudolph and David Hicks.Glassell School, 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Entrance 81, Suite 2-25G, Houston, TX 77021  

May 13, morning, Resource Run - Inspiration on the Go, Mixed media artists Polly Ruhlman and Damon Thomas lead us on a tour of their favorite eastside resources, beginning with breakfast and ending with lunch. More details to come.

June 11, 11am-noon, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft studio tours. Overview of HCCC by Leah French, Volunteer Manager and Education Support, as well as talks by resident artists Susan Budge and Wen-Dan Lin. HCCC, 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

November 12, One day Workshop. Suzanne Shield-Polk, Professor of Art, Lone Star College, will lead a high fire charcoal infused firing workshop. 

View more future programs at

Opening Night ! ClayHouston Biennial Regional Exhibit "Clay: Body, Mind, and Soul"

Saturday, April 2 will be one of the most important events in 2016 for all ClayHouston members. That is the night our first Biennial Regional show will open. The response to our call for entries was impressive and brought us a selection of work that has produced a show of great diversity and quality. Please join us in celebration at the opening Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 5pm-7pm. The C.G. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, The show closed April 29th, 2016

Member News

Anne Steacy has a solo pop-up show as part of “The Four Seasons Discovery Art Scene” Saturday, March 12, 6-9pm, located in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010.

Thomas Perry was commissioned to create a suite of plates for Edible Houston's inaugural "Local Hero" awards. Awards honoring best local farm, best farmers market vendor, best chef, and other category winners selected by the magazine's readers will be presented at the awards dinner at Station 3 on March 3.

Roy Hanscom won University of Dallas's Regional Ceramics Best of Show 2015 on view February 22- March 18, 2016.  The Thompson Loggia, Haggerty Art Village Closing Reception is March 4, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the University of Dallas - Art Department 1845 E. Northgate Drive Irving, TX 75062

Foelber Pottery Gallery announces the opening of a group exhibition, "Contained & Arranged", 706 Richmond Ave on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm-9:00pm. Featuring the clay work of Judy Adams, Rita Bradberry, Saida Fagala, John Foelber, Monti Mayrend, Katy McKinin, Earnest Snell, and Corinne Tracy. The exhibit continues through March 19. For more infomation, please visit

Brianna Deterling will be in

- Gallery North's 2016 Small Works Show at Gallery North, Edmonds, Washington.  The exhibition runs March 1 - 30.  

- Rising Eyes of Texas at Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas.  The exhibition runs March 12 - April 2.   

- Small Works Exhibit at the Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, Florida.  The exhibition runs March 18 - April 18. 


Sharon Warrington announces a workshop opportunity at LaMeridiana School of Ceramics in Tuscany.

On The Path Of The Shino Warrior

Porcelain and Carbontrap Shino glazes


May 1st – 14th 2016                       

Come explore the mystery and magic of Carbon Trap Shino with Sharon Warrington in the beautiful hills of Tuscany for 2 weeks this May!                        

 “I first went to La Meridiana for a workshop in 2008 with my dear friend and mentor Malcolm Davis. Malcolm loved this place and the opportunity to share his porcelain throwing techniques and beautiful, temperamental glaze with students in the glorious hills of Tuscany. I will endeavor to do his legacy justice by demonstrating many of the techniques he passed along to me and many more gleaned through years of trial, error and a bit of luck.”                       

As an added bonus, my good friend, Luca Tripaldi will be conducting 2 one week workshops during the same 2 weeks in May. For further information on my workshop and Lucas' please click here. You can also contact Sharon via email at:

2016 Ceramics Symposium News


 Construction (water) / Ceramic & Stainless Steel / 25x15x16 / 2015 by David Hicks

ClayHouston is co-sponsoring a demo symposium with the Glassell School of Art. “Electric Dirt: A New Ceramic Landscape,” with Garth Johnson, David Hicks and Cheyenne Rudolph focusing on electric firing and digital/video applications. April 30 - May 1, 2016, 10am-5:30pm, free, open to the public. Registration is encouraged! Please visit

April 23, 1:30 - Guided Exhibit Tour - HCCC - At Your Service. Kathryn Hall, HCCC Curator, will lead ClayHouston members on a tour of their current show, At Your ServiceThis exhibition examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility. The exhibits contains work by Garth Johnson. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street, Houston TX 77002

Empty Bowls 2016

Demonstrate for Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Houston, now in its 12th year in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, is generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market. On Wednesday April 27th Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of its net sales from Houston area stores to Empty Bowls to help in its fight to alleviate hunger. The day is known as Community Day of Giving and artists will be demonstrating in each store while representatives from the Houston Food Bank sell bowls and promote the annual Empty Bowls event taking place on May 14, 2016 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. In 2015 Whole Foods Market donated to Empty Bowls over $34,000 from the sales of seven stores on Community Giving Day. This year there are eight stores.

As a clay artist, you can be a big part of this effort to alleviate hunger and fill empty bowls. Demonstrators are needed for 4 hour shifts on April 27. If you have a wheel to bring that would be great but it is not necessary. A table will be provided for those who wish to hand build and the Ceramic Store will donate a bag of clay to each demonstrator. If you would like to volunteer, you may sign up on line at or contact Renee

LeBlanc at .

Community News

The 2016 Six Pack Show call for entry is now open!  Call for entry DEADLINE is April 5th.

This year's TCAA member show will be held April 14 - 17th at the Coop Gallery in San Angelo TX, running concurrently with the opening of the Ceramic National at SAMFA and San Angelo's annual Ceramic Week.  Our 2016 juror/s will be announced shortly.

Entry is open to current TCAA members.  Memberships run January to January. 

Images are not required.

To register for the 2016 Six Pack Show:

1. Log in to  using your email address and password. 

2. If your membership is not current, renew your Exhibiting Membership for 2014. Your show entry fee is included in your Exhibiting Membership renewal.

3. Complete the online Call for Entry by midnight April 5th.

Hiram   Butler   Gallery Prints and Pots -  February 20 -  March 27 2016

On view at Hiram Butler Gallery, prints and pottery featuring work from Willem De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Kyung-Lim Lee, Jasper Johns, Jennie C. Jones, Martin Puryear, Richard Ser, James Turrell, Arne Bang, Claude Conover, Bill Goldston ,Bernard Leach, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lucie Rie, Rookwood Pottery, Tim Rowan. 4520 Blossom St, Houston, TX 77007

Future Programs At-A-Glance
  • April 23, HCCC exhibit tour, "At Your Service"
  • April 30- May 1, "Electric Dirt: A New Ceramic Landscape" Symposium
  • May 13, Resource Run
  • June 11, 11am-noon, Artists of the HCCC
  • November 12, One day Workshop. Suzanne Shield-Polk
  • For more information on our programs,please click here. 

Next Clay Talks: Monday, March 14th, 7-9 pm

ClayTalks meets at Becks Prime at 115 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008 on the second Monday of each month. This month we meet on Monday, February 8 from 7-9 pm in the downstairs front room.   

All levels of clay experience are welcome!  There is no obligation to bring work in order to participate. This is a casual critique of members' work and/or a discussion of issues we deal with in our studios. Open to members and their guests.

See for more details about future events and ClayTalk dates.


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Houston, TX 77266

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