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Dear ClayHouston members,

Boo! Yes, it’s that time of year again. October! I hope you’ve been enjoying the beginning of cooler weather (fire up the kilns!) as we enter the Fall months.

We had a fantastic Pop-Up event this past month and I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all who participated and volunteered! It was a busy day and we had such a good time with friends, old and new, coming out to support ClayHouston and local ceramic artists. It was wonderful to see you all! Thank you also for your support of Empty Bowls Houston at the event! We’re so happy when we can help The Houston Food Bank.

October marks the opening of our 2021 Member Exhibition, For Now...For Later, at Sabine Street Gallery, 1907 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007. Our Exhibitions chair, Jacob Villalobos, has been hard at work setting up the show and I hope you will find an opportunity to stop by and check it out. It’s great to be back to our in-person exhibition format! There’s some beautiful work on display that really showcases the incredible talents of our members. We will be hosting an exhibition reception, date and details to be announced soon.

Also, I am excited to announce that we will be holding a monthly online raffle featuring beautiful ceramic work by our members. The raffles support fundraising for our Equity, Inclusivity and Access (EIA) initiatives. The generous donations by our member artists are truly lovely so be sure to check it out and buy tickets - you might be the lucky winner!!! See below for more information on this month's raffle item.

Looking ahead, we are getting very excited for the Bayou City Clay Crawl that takes place on Sunday, December 5th, from 10am - 5pm. You’ll see more details soon about the studio locations and artists. For more information, or if you’re interested in participating, please send an email to

Hope to see you soon!

Jessica Phillips


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

  ClayHouston Raffle

The October ClayHouston Raffle features a beautiful platter by Renee Leiber! Click here to purchase raffle tickets. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 or 6 for $20, NO LIMIT to the number of tickets you can buy. The more you purchase, the better your chances to win!

Carol Berger at Bayou City Art Festival

Carol Berger is excited to be participating in the Bayou City Art Festival as it reopens this fall. Look for Carol in booth 523 on October 9 and 10. This year the downtown festival runs along upper Allen Parkway. Festival hours are 10am to 6pm both days. Get your tickets or volunteer at  Stop by and say hi!

Damon Thomas in Sculpture Month

Contact,” a clay-focused multimedia installation by Damon Thomas, is on view through Dec. 4 as part of Sculpture Month Houston at SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., Suite 400. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6.

Damon will give an artist talk on Sat., Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

 “Contact” is one of 16 installations on view for Sculpture Month Houston. The gallery’s cavelike setting is ideal for this year’s theme, “Altamira: The Primal Urge to Create.” Damon’s installation is his imagining of how humans and wolves first encountered each other in the dark confines of a prehistoric cave.

Cynthia Wisener at Glassell

Cynthia Wisener in Glassell Figurative Students Past and Present Artists 2000-2021, second floor gallery, Glassell School of Art through Jan 2022.

Emily Rensink at Mossrock Studio

Emily Rensink announces the opening of her three person exhibition, “Rock/Paper/Clay”, at Mossrock Studio, 26002 Oak Ridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380 on September 4 from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  Exhibit runs from September 4 - October 30, 2021.  (

Emily Rensink at Museum of Biblical Art

Emily Rensink announces that she will have two pieces in the upcoming group exhibition, “Broken and Whole”, at the Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225.  The exhibition opens September 11th and will run through the middle of January. (


 Thomas Perry at Las Cruces Art Museum

Thomas Perry's "Path Up Petroglyph Mountain" has been selected by juror Joshua Clark for the Potter's Guild of Las Cruces "From the Ground Up 2021" exhibition at the Las Cruces Art Museum. The exhibition runs from August 6 through October 9.


Ron Loyd at the Silos

Ron Loyd is having a solo exhibition of new work at the Silos, Sawyer Yards in Gallery 100, 1502 Sawyer Street Houston TX 77007. Show runs from August 28 - October 23.

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      Pit Firing for Ceramics Workshop

      Damon Thomas will be teaching a pit firing for ceramics workshop at the Center for Centering at Mystic Lyon, 5005 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020. To cover the entire spectrum of the pit firing process, from making terra sigillata slip to seeing the finished product, the workshop will meet on several afternoons including Saturday, November 6 (1-4 pm) , Saturday, November 13 (1-3 pm) and Sunday, November 14 (1-3 pm).

      This easy, primitive firing method is a great technique to have in your clay toolbox whether your work is figurative or abstract, handbuilt or wheel-thrown. Participants are asked to bring 1-2 bone-dry, unfired clay pieces, with no dimension larger than approximately 12”.

      Workshop fee: $160. Space is limited.

      For more info and/or to register, please contact us at: or 713-582-1198. To pay via check or cash, please contact us directly. To register online, please use this link: Ceramics: Pit Firing Workshop with Damon Thomas


      Potters' Place

      Potters' Place is now a distributor for Sio-2 Porcelains.  These porcelains from Spain come in black, white or blue.  These clays come in vacuum packed bags, thus preserving moisture. 




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