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March 2019 Newsletter


Our second regional exhibition, TIMELESS CLAY: Future Artifacts, opens Monday March 4 and runs thru April 6. It features a refreshing variety of contemporary ceramic works by artists from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. We had over 70 artists with over 170 pieces entered. Congratulations to our ClayHouston members who were selected: Lauren Clay, Angela Corson, Sierra Estes, Nell Gottlieb, Nicolle LaMere, Gabo Martini, Jessica Phillips and Abbie Preston.  To view all the images and artists follow this link: Biennial. The reception and award ceremony will be March 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at HCC Central Visual Arts Gallery. Many thanks to our wonderful Exhibitions Committee chaired by Laura Sprague with committee members Karen Fiscus, Jessica Phillips and Maria Garret for the untold hours that went into this exhibition. Please visit, you will find it well worth the time.

Michelle Mathews hosted our first Clay Creative program at her studio on Saturday Feb 16. We had a fun social hour followed by a slide show and conversation by Michelle guiding us through the two residencies she did last summer, one in Italy and one in Germany. There was candid conversation about the fears and benefits of applying for and attending residencies. The next Clay Creative will be hosted by Betsy Evans in her studio on Sunday, Apr 14 with a talk on"Demystifying Documenting Artwork".  Sign up below. Thanks to Abbie Preston, Programs Chair, and her committee Maria Raquel Morales, Mara Reid and Michelle Matthews.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Family day is Saturday March 2 and we are supporting it with a demonstrating booth so if you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, stop by between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Spaces are filling up for our Pop-up Marketplace April 20 at the All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights. For more information, and to reserve a booth, scroll down. This is a ClayHouston event for the membership. The only cost to you is the rental of a table. 

We have secured the presenting artists for our 5th Annual Symposium, which will be hosted by Glassell Studio School on Oct 19 and 20, 2019. The demonstrating artists will be Lorna Meaden  and Thaddeus Erdahl - click on name to see their work.  Tickets will be available in April,

Be on the lookout for e-mails with “out of the clay box”  in the subject line, this is where we will be announcing upcoming artist talks, openings and exhibitions with the goal of expanding our understanding of art and the artist scene in Houston

Happy Saint Paddy’s day!

Anne Steacy


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

We have secured our venue for the 2nd Annual Members Pop-Up Marketplace. It will be at All Saints Catholic Church on April 20 from 10 am-4 pm. There will be 10' x 10' spots as well as 6' table spaces available. We had a wonderful turn out last year and great press coverage in The Leader. We hope you will consider taking part in this year's Pop-Up and help us make it another successful event.  Students are encouraged to apply for the Pop-Up and can email for student scholarships to cover the cost of a 6' booth space.  Register Here

Clayhouston will be participating in the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Community Day on March 2, 2019 from 11 am-3 pm. We will have a table set up for demonstrations and to share about our organization. Stop by and say hello!

Empty Bowls Houston is gearing up for its 15th annual event which helps the Houston Food Bank battle food insecurity in the Greater Houston area.  This year’s event is Saturday, May 18th from 11-3 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.  Artists are invited to create and donate soup-sized bowls which will be sold for $25.  For each bowl purchased, the Food Bank can provide 75 nutritious meals.   Larger bowls are also accepted and priced accordingly. Since the inception of Empty Bowls Houston, artists like you have helped provide over 2.6 million meals! 

Preview Party will be held on Friday, May 17th from 6-8 at HCCC. Attendees purchasing an admission ticket for $50 will have first choice of the bowls and enjoy light bites, drinks and craft camaraderie. 

To donate bowls, artists may bring them to the Ceramic Store or HCCC from May 1st to May 16thVolunteer Here

Gabo Martini at Front Gallery 

Gabo Martini announces her solo show SueƱos de Turquesa at the Front Gallery(Houston) located at 1412 Bonnie Brae St., Houston, Texas 77006.  Reception for the artist is Sunday March 3, 2-5 PM.  The show runs from March 3 to March 23.

Jeff Forster in True North

Jeff Forster will have work in "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  It will be on the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

Nell Gottlieb Presents at Jung Center

Nell Gottlieb will present a talk “A Re-membered Past: a Return ot the Family Plantation” at the Jung Center of Houston, 5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 on Mar 28 from 7-8:30 pm.  Register Here .

Jodi Walsh Juried into 2019 Celebration of Fine Art

Jodi Walsh will be exhibiting in Scottsdale Arizona January 12 through March 24.

Melissa Symmonds at Art Car Museum

Melissa Symmonds announces the exhibition of her work in the show "Animals" at the Art car Museum at 140 Heights Blvd. 100 artists on exhibit. The opening is Saturday, Dec 8, 7pm - 10pm.  The show runs from Dec 8 to Mar 31, 2019 (extended).  For more information see -

Jeff Forster at Galveston College

Jeff Forster has a solo show in the Fine Arts Gallery at Galveston College from March 6th-April 4th.  There is a closing reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 pm with an artist's talk at 6:30.

Carol Berger at Archway Gallery

Carol Berger invites you to attend the opening of her exhibition, From the Earth at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Tx 77006 on April 6, 2019, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Her exhibition runs from April 6, 2019 through May 2, 2019.  Berger will also do a demonstration on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 3pm, at Archway Gallery.  To view her work on the gallery website, click here after April 6:   

ClayHouston will be hosting our second Clay Creative on Sunday, April 14 from 1-3PM, a social event in order to connect with our clay community as well as a time to learn from our fellow members. This month will be held at Betsy Evan's studio at Winter Street Studios. Register Here

The following are some suggested events you may want to consider:

Inman Gallery presents a Conversation between Katrina Moorhead and Dean Daderko, Saturday, March 9 at 1pm, 3901 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Join Senior Curator Michelle White for a conversation on the exhibition Roni HornWhen I Breathe, I Draw. She will discuss Horn’s recent
encompassing, large-scale drawings that mark time and consciousness and continue her career-long investigation of how circumstance and place imbue her drawing practice. Menil Drawing Institute, Sunday, March 10 3–4 p.m. Public Program.

Basic kiln Training

March 16th 10 am


This class will cover the basics in kiln operation. Starting with kiln room safety, we will cover how to load your kiln & how to program.  We will cover the advantages of venting and basic repairs.  If you have recently bought a kiln from us or are thinking of buying one in the future, the class fee can be waived or credited towards a new kiln.

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Regional News

HCCC presents "To Be of Use"

HCCC presents "To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork," a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade.  On Friday, February 1, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, the public is invited to join HCCC for the exhibition reception, which also features "Tom Loeser: Please Please Please," open studios by the resident artists, and beer provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. The exhibition is on view February 2 - May 12, 2019.  4848 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002. More info at

In Conversation with Claire Elliott

Visual Arts Alliances invites you to the talk by Clare Elliott, Associate Research Curator, The Menil, on "Forest Bess: Painter-Fisherman" on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 AM at The Printing Museum, 1324 West Clay Street.


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Glassell Studio School

Monday, March 4                      
Scholarship portfolios due for fall 2019 semester at Glassell


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