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Thanks to all who have made bowls for the 13th Annual Empty Bowls Houston on Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.  This is the major moment for the ceramics community to give back and raise money for the food bank. Whole Foods supplies the soup and HCCC the venue.  Kudos to Renee LeBlanc, ClayHouston member who chairs and works tirelessly on putting the event together.  Go and take a friend.  It’s a great opportunity to give and add your 2017 bowl to your collection.

We are coming off of a terrific workshop by Eric Stearns.  Anne Steacy and I have tried electric raku and transfers… maybe others have done that and tried the piercing.  Eric left us with a lot of amazing information.  Go to his website: for links to his processes.  Thanks again, Laura, for planning this program and, Eric, for an amazing gift of a day.

The summer is upon us.  Some of us are ready to take a breather and others to double down in our ceramic practice.  Travel is in the cards for many and some lucky among us will be taking workshops from excellent teachers.

Whatever your plans, have a wonderful summer and include clay in it.

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

Nell Gottlieb

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  2. Create a portfolio of your artwork.
  3. Let the world see your artwork.

June Programs 

June 3, 2017

Get BOWLed over at the 13th Annual 
Empty Bowls Houston!

Saturday, June 3, 2017 ~ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street 

Empty Bowls Houston is a family-friendly fundraiser that combines art, food, fun and community to fight hunger in Houston! ClayHouston members and artists working in a variety of mediums,  all over Houston have been donating bowls for the Empty Bowls event.  If you have bowls that you wish to donate, please deliver them to the Ceramic Store or the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft before June 2.  

At the Empty Bowls event, guests will find an array of almost 2000 one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls – everything from clay to wood to glass to mosaic tile and more – each available for a $25 donation to Houston Food Bank. Included with each bowl is a delicious lunch of soup and bread from Whole Foods Market, water, coffee from Katz Coffee, tea from Tea+Art, and a sweet treat from GoodPop!  There are also larger bowls available at a higher price (lunch also included.) 

Live music and artist demonstrations throughout the day.  Soup served 11 a.m. until it runs out!  

Can’t make it on June 3?  Join us on Friday, June 2 for a special Preview Party!

Be among the first to pick out the best bowls from $25 and up, and enjoy light bites from Whole Foods, as well as beer, wine, artist demonstrations, and craft camaraderie.  The evening’s proceeds will be shared between Houston Food Bank and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. One hundred percent of bowl purchases benefits the Houston Food Bank. Casual attire, space is limited.

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Member News 

ClayHouston Members Exhibiting
at Yunomi Festival

Saturday, June 3rd, from 5 pm – 10 pm.

Celebrating some of the most beautiful and unique
pieces of tea-ware and their artisans. Come out to
TEXAS Yunomi Festival and opening reception.
Members Exhibiting:
Maura Ferrero Baroni, Gaby Bello, Karen Cruce, Ron Loyd, Jessica Phillips, Thomas Perry, Janis Ross, Ali Saunders

Artist-in-Residency for Thomas Perry  

Thomas Perry has been selected as an artist-in-residence for the month of September at Bandelier National Monment, New Mexico. 

 Thomas has works in the First Annual Juried Cup Show at Dogs Eye Gallery (associated with Eye of the Dog Studios) in San Marco, in Texas Clay Arts Association's annual Six-Pack Show in Rockport Center for the Arts, and in Tea + Art's Texas Yunomi Festival.

Sony Hartley Exhibiting at Houston Fiber Fest

Sony Hartley will be vending at the Houston Fiber Fest June 23-25 at the Berry Center in Cypress Texas. She will be featuring her signature yarn bowls, mugs and banks.

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 on June 22, 2017, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Exhibition dates: June 22-July 20. For Information and Gallery Hours: call832.482.1038.  Campus map: Suzanne’s

Regional Clay News

Register for Best of Texas Clay

Workshop at Ceramic Store

Summer Art Camp
The Art School for Children and Young Adults

To register: 

June 6-29
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3 to 5pm
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston TX  77058

Studio in Hand-building Clay for Grades 6 through 12 explores various tools and techniques to create diverse 3D ceramic forms.  Students work with aspects of form and surface, including using underglazes and glazes.  Fee: $140.00.  All materials are included. Parents may enroll along with their student in any secondary class (subtract $5). Space is limited to 18 students.

Phone: 281-283-3344.

Future Programs At-A-Glance

  • Empty Bowls at HCCC
    June 3, 2017

  • Yunomi Festival 
    Tea Bowls at Tea+Art

    June 3, 2017 

  • For more information on our programs, please click here. 

Next ClayTalks: Monday, June 12th, 
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.

See for more details about future events and ClayTalk dates.



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