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July Newsletter

First, I’d like to welcome Clara Hoag to the Board as Fundraising Chair.  The Board has been working hard this summer to increase our organizational efficiency and sustainability and to plan future programs and exhibits.

Garth Clark, noted critic and commentator on contemporary ceramic art, will give a lecture on Saturday July 22 at 4 pm at MFAH. This is an important opportunity for our clay community.

MFAH is highlighting ceramics and crafts!! ClayHouston will have a curatorial tour of "In the Studio: Craft in Post War America 1950-1970" at the Museum of Fine Arts in late August.  

In short, we’re having a good summer and hope you are as well.

If you’d like to be more involved, please contact me at

Nell Gottlieb

ClayTalks: Taking a Summer Break 
Next Meeting September 11th, 7-9 pm

ClayTalks meets the second Monday of each month from 7pm -9pm at Becks Prime in the Houston Heights (115 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008). All levels of clay experience are welcome! There is no obligation to bring work in order to participate in the events of the evening.

Join ClayHouston Facebook Group Page

96 members have already joined our Facebook Group. This is the best way to stay current about all things clay. Get timely announcements about artful events happening in the metro Houston area. See member postings about their unique clay creations and from artists around the world.  Join Now.

This Month's "To Do List"

  1. Please go and update your member page today.
  2. Create a portfolio of your artwork.
  3. Let the world see your artwork.

Empty Bowls Houston
ClayHouston Members

The Empty Bowls Houston Committee wishes to thank all of the ClayHouston members who helped to make this year’s Empty Bowls a big success!  

 This year, Empty Bowls Houston raised through bowls sales, sponsorship and donations, a total of over $104,000! Included in this total, the Archway Gallery Exhibition and Silent Auction in which many of you participated, contributed over $7000.

1,743 bowls were donated by individuals, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, arts guilds and groups for the June 3rd event.   The Empty Bowls Houston Committee and the Houston Food Bank appreciate ClayHouston’s help in making 2017 a very successful year!  Your support has enabled the Houston Food Bank to provide 312,000 meals to those in need.

"Must See" Exhibits & Activities 

 “Colored Vases” (detail), 2007-2010. Han Dynasty vases and industrial paint, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. Installation view of “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2012. Photo by Cathy Carver. 

WITNESS: Garth Clark’s Journey through the Ceramic Art Revolution

Saturday, July 22, 4:00 PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will host a special presentation by Garth Clark, celebrated author, editor, collector, gallerist, lecturer, and perhaps the most influential and provocative voice in the field of international ceramics.

More a one-person stage show than a conventional lecture, WITNESS combines Clark’s wit, erudition, deep scholarship, and entertaining speaking style with a dynamic multimedia presentation encompassing the key revolutionary moments for ceramics since 1970.

ClayHouston Curatorial Tour at MFAH

Wednesday, August 30, 2:00 PM
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005

MFAH is highlighting ceramics and crafts!! ClayHouston will have a curatorial tour of 
“In the Studio: Craft in Post War America 1950-1970” RSVP at

Member News 

Get Ready for the Fall Members Show

Start creating your next best works of art for this year's member show. Call for Entries will begin in August for the October Show "Clay and Community". We will give you an eBlast later this month with all the details.

Helena Gijsber van Wijk Exhibitions

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk will have her work included in these exhibits:

Pieces "Dangerous flowers" and "Melting, overflowing, shifting....." will be exhibited in Solo Show(Down) 2017 at the Fort Worth Community Arts  Center from July 7 to July 30, 2017;

 Piece "The weight of the world on my  shoulders" will be included in Black & White  Show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists  Coalition, Brooklyn, New York, from July 29 to  August 20, 2017.

Show of Ceramics

Recent student work from McCheek’s Studio 

Bill’s Junk
1125 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77009
Friday 14th July
or by appt - July 22

Two Members at Lawndale Big Show

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 
July 7 - August 12
Opening Reception July 7, 6-8pm

Nell Gottlieb will be showing “Forward Progress (not so sure)”. To view her website click here

Jo Zider will be showing "Construction Walls", an installation consists of ceramic bone facsimiles placed into a large flat box of acrylic sheeting and held in place by gravity.

ClayHouston Members Exhibition

Andre and Virginia Bally, will be featured Guest Artists for the months of June and July at Gallery 195, located at 195 Main Street in Boerne.

Michelle Matthews needs Clay

Got old clay? I am creating four 8ft sculptures at Lawndale in November from unfired reclaimed clay. If you have used clay, hard as rock clay, unidentifiable clay, clay in any form you would like to dispose of, please contact Michelle Matthews at I will be happy to arrange pick-up. Thank you!

Suzanne Shields-Polk Solo Exhibit

Suzanne Shield-Polk announces the opening of her solo exhibition, "Jurassic Vessels", at The Bosque Gallery, in the Lone Star College CyFair Center for the Arts, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, Texas.
Exhibition dates: June 22-July 20. For Information and Gallery Hours: call832.482.1038.  Campus map: Suzanne’s

Regional Clay News

Galveston College is seeking a part time ceramics instructor to teach two classes for the 2017 Fall semester. These two Ceramics I/II combined courses meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-3:20 and 4-6:50pm. The GC ceramics studio currently offers oxidation firing at cone 04 to cone 6 and there is also an Olsen reduction 38 cu. updraft and a natural gas raku kiln available. The ceramics studio is on the 3rd floor and has views of the Gulf of Mexico!

Required qualifications:

  •  MFA Degree with 18 graduate hours in Ceramics;
  • Proficiency in a wide range of clay construction processes and firing techniques;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills; 
  • Candidates must be dedicated to excellence in teaching and committed to high academic and professional standards;
  • Must be prepared to work with students with a diverse range of back grounds, abilities and ages. 

Preferred Qualifications:

3-5 years College teaching experience in related field.

Apply for Adjunct Ceramics Instructor using the link below:

Register for Best of Texas Clay

Workshop at Ceramic Store

For Sale: SHIMPO  Master series pottery wheel

- 1/3 HP, 250 w, 115v, 60 hz, AC;
- Centering capacity:  25+ pounds
- Drive System:  Poly V belt
- Speed Control System:  remote foot pedal, PWM controller, high grade ceramic potentiometer
- Wheelhead:  counter-clockwise direction & reversing direction; speed 0-250 RPM; 12" diameter, aluminum alloy casting with concentric circles every 1" ball pins
- Construction:  heavy duty fully enclosed steel body case w/aluminum bottom plate
- Dimensions/Weight:  15"wide x 19"long x 19" high; weight 65 lbs.
- Comes with Splashpan and Bats (6). Wasn't used for 5+ years, kept indoors. PRICE:  $450

Contact: Jacqueline Webster.  Please respond using her email ( phone 832-761-1139.

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