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Dear ClayHouston members,

We have some exciting things happening this month at ClayHouston! First our Annual Pop Up Market for members has been scheduled for April 9 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Scout House in the Heights. I do hope you can join us and allow others to view your wonderful creations. We do have a limited number of spots available, so be sure to sign up soon! Registration is now open until March 21. Sign up here

Our Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists is now accepting applications through March21. This award is dedicated to providing funding for ceramic artists in Texas who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. ClayHouston has created this award as part of our ongoing efforts to cultivate greater diversity and access in the field of ceramics, with a focus on Texas artists. Please help us spread the word! We are so grateful to be able to offer this award for the second year in a row to our community. Apply here

Lastly, we have an upcoming opportunity to privately tour Texas Southern University’s ceramic studios and permanent collection. Stay tuned as there will be an email sent out announcing the time and date soon.

This month’s recommendation: Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I’m currently rereading it for the fourth time. It’s one I go back to often when I’m needing to get out of my head. One of the authors states, “… art is all about starting again.” I love the gentleness with self that this sentence holds. It’s full of possibility and a lot of grace. If you’re struggling to find inspiration or even step into your creative space, know that starting again can be as simple as cleaning your table off, writing down a word that inspires or simply rolling a piece of clay between your fingers. Showing up for yourself is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome, but I promise, it’ll be worth it. Just start small.

Until I see you again, thank you for being a part of our community.
Cheering you on.


Abbie Edmonson


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Michelle Heinesen at Lee College 

The Exhibit "Diasporic Identity" at Lee College will feature the works of Chong-Ok Lee Matthews, Tiffany Huen-Hui Lee, and Michelle Heinesen, and it will be on display in the PAC gallery March 1-April 8. An opening reception will take place 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. A Women's History Month talk with the artists will take place 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 24.

Daryl McCracken and Reema Forster at ACCH Makers Market

Daryl McCracken (BayouCityPottery) and Reema Forster (Fire and Brush Studio) will be showcasing their ceramic wares at the ACCH Makers Market on Saturday, April 2nd from 10-2.  Hosted by Amsterdam Co. Coffeehouse (ACCH), this intimate popup market features a wide range of media from ceramics and glass, to fibers, wood, jewelry, photography and more.  Free to the public. 807 W 19th St. Houston, TX 77008. For more info visit or

Jessica Phillips in London

Jessica Phillips will be showing her ceramic work and paintings at JOC Ceramics Gallery, 9-11 High St. Hampton, TW12 2SA London, UK. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 6pm. 

Jessica Phillips in Art Paris Art Fair

Jessica Phillips will have work on view in the 2022 edition of 1000 VASES Paris during the Art Paris Art Fair, April 7-10, at Galerie Joseph in Le Marais. 78 RUE DE TURENNE, 750003 PARIS 

LeRoy Grubbs at Fire Gallery

LeRoy Grubbs announces the opening of his Geil Kiln for the latest exhibition of his work on Mar 12.   In the Fire Gallery, 2102 Edwards St in Sawyer Yards behind the Silos.   Exhibition runs from March to April 2022.

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink at San Angelo Museum

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink announces her acceptance to the 24th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love Street, San Angelo, TX 76903. Opening on April 8th at 1:30pm in conjunction with the Ceramic Symposium. Exhibit runs from April 8th to June 26th.


Emily Rensink at Shockboxx Gallery

Emily Rensink has been invited to show in No Man’s Land at Shockboxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach, CA.  The show will run from March 5 thru March 27, 2022 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 5 from 6-9pm.

David Waddell at Kinder

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Faculty and Students have a show “Perspectives:  A Selection of Student and Faculty Artwork From HSPVA”  in the lobby of TC Energy Center at 700 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002.  It is on display from January 14, 2022- March 13, 2022.

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Terry Hagiwara at Beeville

Beeville Art Museum announces the opening of the ceramic art exhibition, "Mostly Raku", of Terry Hagiwara at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, TX 78102. Exhibit runs from January 31-April 30, 2022. The museum will host a closing reception on Saturday, April 30, from noon-2:00 pm. For more information - The Beeville Art Museum  

Emily Rensink at Del Mar

Emily Rensink has been invited to exhibit in the “56th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculptures Show” at Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christie, TX 78404.  The exhibition runs February 18 - May 6, 2022 with an opening reception tentatively scheduled for February 18, 2022 from 6-8pm. (


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.

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.

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      Empty Bowls Houston is returning! The event, number 16 (!), will be held Saturday, May 14, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 10 am - 3 pm. You may donate small quantities of bowls -- we still have bowls donated for the cancelled 2020 and 2021 events -- at the Craft Center or Ceramic Store beginning (but not before, please) beginning April 1. Archway Gallery will again host its Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition during the month of May, with the opening reception on Saturday, May 7, 5 - 8 pm

      Third Coast Clay presents “Randy Brodnax: Raku Experience”. Join us for three memorable days of Randy’s expertise and showmanship covering alternative throwing and firing techniques. Participants will need to bring 6 bisque pots/sculptures (Cone 5-10 clay or porcelain) no larger than 6”x6” wide or deep. No bowls or plates. March 4th - 6th, 9-4pm each day. 8519 N. Main St. Houston, TX 77022. Cost - $350.  Register at

      Join us at Third Coast Clay for “Roy Hanscom: No Limits” a presentation and demonstration of Roy’s expansive knowledge of his clay techniques. Roy has won several awards along with being included in the private collection of the San Angelo Fine Art Museum. Most recently, Roy’s work was featured on the back cover of Ceramic Monthly, Sept. 2021. Watch as he creates an undulating altered piece from start to finish. April 2 - 3, 10-4pm each day. 8519 N. Main St. Houston, TX 77022. Cost - $200. Register at  

      The Fire Gallery

      The Fire Gallery announces the opening of the pottery studio at 2102 Edwards st in Sawyer Yards behind the Silos in the Heights.   Wheels and kilns for pottery and glass slumping/fusing.

      Offering open pottery studio for members on Saturday from 12 - 5.  And pottery classes during the week.   See the website to sign up.  Classes are limited to five people. Reserve your spot now.


      Address: 3308 Garrow Street ( in the Starseed Hostel Warehouse ). Please wear a mask to keep everyone safe.


      Basic Moldmaking & Slipcasting Workshop with Kathleen Hamlet

      Dates: March 5-6th & 12-13th | 9-4 pm ( 2 weekends, 24 hours total )

      Cost: $350 /person. Email to reserve your seat today!

      Molds are a relatively easy way to create simple or complex ceramic forms that can be replicated many times.This introduction to plaster mold making for use with clay casting slip will provide the student with hands-on experience into how plaster molds are made and used in ceramics. 

      Participants are welcome to bring your own object to create a single-piece mold or use one of the provided vessels. 

      - Previous experience with ceramics is desirable, all skill levels are welcome! Classes are comprised of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 people to ensure personalized attention. All materials, tools & firing included.


       Coloring Clay with Kathleen Hamlet - Nerikomi 

      In this hands-on workshop you will be shown how to add shades of colour to the clay then how to combine the different coloured clays to create a variety of patterns. You will be shown how to prepare the clay so that the patterns are well compressed and integrated into a slab that you will then use to make vessels. This workshop is intended for all skill levels. All materials will be provided. Your creations will be fired for you and ready to be picked up 2-4 weeks after the workshop. Please be dressed comfortably and ready to get dirty ! 

      April 9-10th 2022 | 12-4pm each day, Cost - $250/person 

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      Handbuilding Intensive Workshop with Michelle Heinesen

      Learn basic handbuilding techniques in a day - this intensive beginners' workshop is all about getting creative, having a good time and experimenting with clay in a friendly environment. Techniques covered will include slab building, coiling, pinching and kurinuki. All levels of experience are welcome! Stoneware clay, handbuilding tools and bisque firing of pieces are included. 

      Option to glaze artwork as an add-on class (please contact for more info) 

       April 16th 2022 | 9-4 pm, cost is $150/person



      Opening for Experienced Ceramics Instructor

      Evelyn Rubenstein JCC now hiring an experienced ceramics instructor to teach and lead a variety of ceramic offerings to adults. Instruct both wheel throwing and hand-building ceramic classes and/or workshops. For more information - download




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