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May 2017 Newsletter

Greetings {Contact_First_Name},

This month it is all about ClayHouston workshops.  On May 7, Eric Stearns will be demonstrating his piercing technique using a laser level, his underglaze transfers, and raku firing with an electric kiln. Participants will create tiles with the techniques Wow!  As I write this, there are still some openings… sign up now (Register)

Our Clay Symposium October 28-29 2017 at Houston Baptist University will feature two amazing ceramic artists, Virgil Ortiz and Lauren Gallaspy.  Virgil Ortiz has honored and built on his lineage of Cochiti Pueblo pottery-makers, using social commentary with traditional design and branching out into fashion and home furnishing.  Lauren Gallaspy, a 2013 NCECA emerging artist and long-term Archie Bray resident, renders interior psychological spaces visible through her poetic imagery and imbalanced form in both functional ware and sculpture.  Check them out on the web.  We are so fortunate to have them with us in the ClayHouston community this fall. 

Meanwhile, all good wishes to you as school wraps up and we move toward summer!

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

Nell Gottlieb

Please join us in welcoming these new members:

Elizabeth Asnes, active April 14
Sherry Garrett, Active March 30
William Myers, Active March 31
Crystal Owens, active April 10
Sonya Purdy, active April 7
Janis Ross, active April 9
Amanda Stephens, active March 23

Take a moment to check the Member Pages for bios, photos and current happenings with all our members.

Join ClayHouston Facebook Group Page

81 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.

Checkout our new logo:

Our intent is to create a recognizable logo mark that is versatile for all our media needs.

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.

May Programs 

Empty Bowls/Archway Gallery 
Silent Auction and Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday May 13th

May 13
Time: 6-8 pm
2305 Dunlavy Street, Houston TX


Artists can donate their skills by demonstrating their clay artistry at various Whole Foods Stores.


May 20
at Seven Whole Foods Stores

Your donation of four hours of your time as a demonstrator is critical to the success of this effort. ClayHouston members can sign up to demonstrate by going to

 For more information, contact Dorothy Broaddus, at or Renee LeBlanc (Empty Bowls Committee Chair) at

Call for Bowls

Make and donate bowls to help feed the hungry in our community.

Bowls dropped-off Dates:
May 1 – June 1 
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston TX
May 15 to June 1
Ceramic Store
1002 W. 11th Street, Houston TX

For more information, to be a demonstrator, or find out more about the 100 Bowl Challenge, contact Renee LeBlanc,

Member News 

Call for Entries: Open Call

Entry Prospectus for Yunomi Festival

Texas Biennial Exhibition
Call for Entries: Open Call

Deadline is May 31 click here for more info.


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. 

Exhibits of Craft at MFAH

Three new rotations at the MFAH include ceramics and are worth a visit. 

 Pattern and Decoration in Craft – in the Millennium Corridor focuses on the 1980s and will be on view through July 9, 2017

 Women Artists, Makers, and Designers – near the Tiffany window in the American galleries on view through September 10, 2017

 Opening soon – In the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950-1970 – in our Alice Pratt Grown gallery near the library an installation focused on the foundation of studio craft opens May 18 – October 1, 2017

Future Programs At-A-Glance

  • Eric Stearns Workshop
    Sunday May 7, 2017

    Make/Donate Empty Bowls   
    May 1 - June 1, 2017 

  • Empty Bowls Promo Day 
    May 20, 2017 

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

Next ClayTalks: Monday, May 8th, 
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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