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Dear ClayHouston members,

I started our February newsletter by hoping that you are staying warm and well. Well, it’s March, and I’m going to double down on that. As we continue to recover from this historic Winter weather I hope you and your loved ones are doing ok!

ClayHouston continues in its efforts to create programs and activities that connect our members and provide opportunities for inspiration. It’s our hope to bring some normalcy and inspiration even (and especially!) during these difficult times.

I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, March 13th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Zoom for a Virtual Clay Creative event! Michelle Heinesen will give us a studio tour, along with a demo and live Q&A. Michelle will discuss her process, as well as showcase her use of sprigs and small scale press molds to create detail and depth in her current work. Register Here

We also are continuing to gather entries for the ClayHouston Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists. Please help us spread the word by sharing on social media. You can find more information on our website here: and don’t forget, the deadline for entry is Monday, March 22, 2021.

Take care and please stay safe and well. I hope working with clay brings you some joy and comfort as we continue to navigate whatever comes our way.

Jessica Phillips


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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

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk invites everyone to the opening of the Ex Libris International Competition of bookplates created in classical printing techniques. This is a juried, print exhibition organized by the Redbud Gallery. The judges were Dr. Irene Guenther, professor of 20th Century Cultural History at the U of H Honors College, and Mr. Gus Kopriva, art collector and owner of the Redbud Gallery.  Helena was awarded the 2nd prize in this competition for her linoleum cut "Prague Cat".

The opening is on March 6, 2021 and the show runs through March 30, 2021. Please visit  for more info.

Abbie P. Edmonson at HCCC

Abbie P. Edmonson has accepted a 3 month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft starting in February.

Daryl McCracken at Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Daryl McCracken’s “Fossil relic - Ewer” will be featured in the Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s national juried exhibition PLAYING WITH FIRE: Altered Atmospheres, to be exhibited March 13 – April 24, 2021 in the Schacht Gallery. Juror, Mark Shapiro, chose 68 objects out of several hundred entries.

Nicolle LaMere in Japan

Nicolle LaMere announces her acceptance into the international artist residency, at The Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Institute of Ceramic Studies, Shigaraki, Japan in late 2021. look forward to returning to Houston to share what I've learned in Japan!

Elizabeth Bentley in The Artist's Circle Gallery

Elizabeth Bentley has three pieces accepted in The Artist's Circle Gallery juried online exhibit, "Religion."  The exhibit can be seen at


Cynthia Wisener at Monterrso Gallery

Figurative clay sculpture by Cynthia Wisener showing at Monterrso Gallery.  Opening Saturday January 30, 5:00-7:00pm. Gallery open Saturday afternoons or by appointment , Spring Street Studios #104.  Show curated by Patrick Palmer.  1824 Spring Street, (281) 682-6628.

Anna Mayer at HCCC

Anna Mayer's solo exhibition, Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer opens at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on January 30, 2021. The show will run until May 8, 2021. Due to the pandemic there will not be an opening reception, but HCCC is open for in-person visits and welcomes visitors.

Carol Berger at Archway Gallery

Carol Berger has work in the upcoming show “Regeneration”. The show runs from February 5 – March 4 at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX. 77006 . Virtual Opening and Artist Talk is Saturday, February 5, 6:30 pm at Archway or Facebook Live. To View Works, visit Archway Gallery’s Online Store or arrange Private Gallery Tours by Appointment ( Contact: . Gallery Hours Updated On Website

CH Members at Kinder Morgan

Gaby Bello, Caroline Carey and Melissa Symmonds were selected for the Glassell "Fall" exhibition at the Kinder Morgan Headquarters, 1001 Louisiana St # 1000, Houston, TX 77002.  Exhibition opens on Nov 23 and runs for 3 months. 

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We have found a source for N95 respirator masks with and without valves.  In Stock now!

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