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Clay Bodies - ClayHouston 5th Annual Symposium

  • 19 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 20 Oct 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Glassell Studio School 5101 Montrose St Houston Tx 77006, Auditorium and Ceramics Studio Rm 106
  • 18


  • must be a full-time student at an accredited program

Registration is closed

ClayHouston presents it's 5th Annual Symposium

featuring Thaddeus Erdahl and Lorna Meaden

ClayHouston is pleased to announce the 2019 Fall Symposium, “Clay Bodies” This year we are very happy to have Lorna Meaden and Thaddeus Erdahl for our visiting artists. Lorna and Thaddeus are two prolific ceramic artists with diverse backgrounds and multi-faceted studio practices. Jessica Kreutter, an art faculty member in ceramics and sculpture at Houston Community College, will be our Keynote Speaker and Kathryn Hall, curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, will be our Panel Moderator.

Both Thaddeus Erdahl and Lorna Meaden create work that considers the human body, whether it be sculpting the accumulation of stories and time on the faces of figures, or the bodily experience, routine and celebration that revolves around daily sustenance through handmade vessels. Thaddeus Erdahl is a studio artist and teacher in St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida. He was a resident of Arrowmont and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center.  He has taught numerous workshops on the subjects of ceramic sculpture and surface design.  Erdahl uses exaggerated figurative forms to explore myth and the oddities of human nature. The content of his work tends to juxtapose dark humor and ancient narratives with cartoon-toy playfulness.  Lorna Meaden is a studio potter in Durango, Colorado. She has been a resident at Archie Bray, Anderson Ranch and was a demonstrating artist at NCECA. Meaden creates wood/soda fired porcelain vessels that are rich in ornamentation. She uses features like long spouts, soft bulging handles and textile patterns in mishima lines to create an extravagant, nostalgic experience that gives reverence to the handmade. 

Some essential things you need to know

Parking at the Glassell is not free. The charge is $10.00 / day for MFAH members, $18 / day for non-members. There is often street parking available (free), and carpooling is a good option.

The Schedule:

Saturday, October 19th

9:00 - 9::30 AM Registration Sign-in (Lobby)
9:30 - 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker, Jessica Fortier Kreutter (Auditorium)
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 12:00 PM Artist talk Thaddeus Erdhal & Lorna Meaden (Auditorium)
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PM Artists' Demos & Insights (Studio 106)
3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 5:00 PM Artists' Demos & Insights (Studio 106)

5:00 - Till - Casual meet up with our members, board and demonstrating artists at the West Alabama Icehouse 1919 West Alabama Street, Houston Tx 77098

Sunday, October 20th

9:00 - 10:30 AM Artists' Demos & Insights (Studio 106)
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 12:00 PM Artists’ Demos & Insights (Studio 106)
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM Demo Conclusions (Studio 106)
2:45 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 4:00 PM Artists Conversation with Kathryn Hall (Studio 106)

Lunch: Always the option to bring a sack lunch and eat on the roof, sculpture garden the  Glassell steps in the lobby. 

Restaurants within walking distance of the Glassel School:

MFAH Café - .2 miles, 4 mins away, $

5601 Main St, in the basement of the MFAH Beck Building, (713) 521.4469, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6

Low-key museum cafe serving breakfast, lunch & early dinner with a Northern Italian accent.


Fia’s Pizzeria - .3 miles, 7 min away, $

1200 Binz St Suite 130 | (713) 333-8222 | Sat 10-11, Sun 10-10

Quick and Cheesy- Pizza, salad, hoagies, wings, pasta

Bodegas Taco Shop - .4 miles, 9 min away, $

1200 Binz St #160 | (713) 528-6102 | Sat 10-11, Sun 10-10pm

Tex-Mex spot for build-your-own burritos, tostadas, tacos & salads, with a tequila bar & patio.

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Java Lava Brew - .5 miles, 10 min, $

1201 Southmore Blvd | (832)

Coffee shop and bar with brunch and lunch with a Hawaiian flair | (832) 831-5652 | Sat 8-10 pm, Sun 8-9 pm

Lucille’s - .5 miles, 11 min away, $$

5512 La Branch St | (713) 568-2505 | sat 10-3, 4-10, sun 10-3

Modern takes on Southern classics by a classically trained chef served in a cosy, vintage house.

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