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January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

It has been a fantastic year for ClayHouston, though we must acknowledge Hurricane Harvey’s disruption of many members’ lives. Our 2017 programs included a studio visit to Jessica Kreutter and a tour of Box 13, a workshop on piercing, transfers & raku by Erik Stearns, Hans Molzberger’s artist talk, and our annual symposium with 2 days of demonstrations by  Lauren Gallaspy and Virgil Ortiz at Houston Baptist University.  The long planned workshop with Alberto Bustos is coming in January.  The very successful ClayHouston member show was held at Tea & Art in October, with prizes juried by Hans Molzberger, ceramics professor at HBU.

ClayHouston also participated in Craft Community Day at the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts,  and our members were active leaders, demonstrators, and makers for Empty Bowls.  The ClayTalks critique group met monthly.  The ClayHouston Facebook group page was developed and now has 149 members, and our website strengthened.  Membership held steady, growing from 109 paid members in January 2017 to 123 in December.  

We are very proud that our last year’s goal of sustainability, in terms of organizational performance and expense neutrality, has been addressed.   With regard to the latter, ClayHouston had its first ever Studio Crawl on December 3.  Sixteen member artists participated in five locations.  There were $3,762 in sales, and at a 25% donation, ClayHouston received $946.  CH participated in the Day of Giving for the Arts, sponsored by the Houston Arts Alliance.  ClayHouston received $1,584 in donations and $1,175 in matching funds.  Our total income from this, our first year of fundraising, was $3,705.  

As many of you know, Anne and Nell took on the leadership of ClayHouston jointly when there was a gap in leadership at the top.  Nell’s year as President has ended and Anne’s is now beginning.  We wish to thank the 2017 Board and committees for all the work they have done to make this such a successful year and to welcome the 2018 Board.  Nell’s primary goal as Past President is to form a Past-Presidents Council to provide support to the organization and to participate in strategic planning.  Anne is looking forward, with the help of our great 2018 board, to building on the 13+ years of the ClayHouston organization. Plans for 2018 include: the 2nd biennial, the 2nd Studio Crawl, the 4th symposium, a membership drive, and continuing our other established programs and events while moving forward with the development of a five year plan.

Good wishes for 2018 to all,

Nell and Anne

2017 and 2018 ClayHouston Board

Board Position



Past President

Michelle Matthews

Nell Gottlieb


Nell Gottlieb

Anne Steacy

Vice President

Anne Steacy

Clara Hoag


Kelley Eggert

Kelley Eggert


Ali Saunders

Ali Saunders


Ron Loyd

Ron Loyd


Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips


Clara Hoag

Betsy Evans


Karen Fiscus

Sierra Estes


Laura Sprague

Laura Sprague

Member at Large

Kathryn Hall

Kathryn Hall

Member at Large

Jessica Kreutter

Jessica Kreutter

ClayTalks: Next Meeting
January 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.

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Member News

Michelle Matthews Exhibits at Lawndale

Michelle Matthews announces the opening of Sculpted, a site specific installation on the grounds of Mary E. Bawden Sculpture GardenFriday, Feb 9 at Lawndale Art Center

Jessica Phillips Exhibits at Tower Gallery

Jessica Phillips has work in the “Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2018” exhibition at Williams Tower Gallery, Jan.17th - Feb. 23rd.

Two Invitations from Helena 

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk invites everyone to an opening of the “Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art” art show at Williams Tower Gallery. The opening is Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Awards are presented at 7 pm. Helena has had one ceramic piece juried into the show. 

Helena’s show of ceramic sculptures “Dangerous Flowers” will open on January 29, 2018 at the College of the Mainland, and will run through March 7, 2018 at the J. Palmer Exhibition Space in the Fine Arts Building. Go to http://www.com.edu/gallery for more info.

2018 January Workshop: Limited Spaces

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Regional Ceramic News

11th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament 


Opening Jan 5th 6-9pm TEAplusART GALLERY

TEAplusART Gallery and the Houston non-profit CAMEO (Clay Arts Museum) host the Eleventh Annual International Texas Teapot Tournament. The popular competition and exhibition is open to clay artists all over the world. The exhibit will feature over 70 teapot submissions. The Juror for the exhibition is June Woest, Faculty Artist at Houston Community College. On display thru Jan 27th.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1947513422190480

Ceramic Store Workshops:

January 13th Glassline Trivet Workshop $25.00

January 14th Beginners Raku Workshop $85.00

January 19th Basic Kiln Training $50.00

January 20th Ceramics 101 $50.00 Classroom Teachers / $80.00 Novice

We have a couple spots left in our glazing with Tracy Gamble workshop:
February 23,24 & 25 $100.00 


 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

The entry deadline is February 1. The call for entries/application is online at CafĂ©.org:



NCECA's 52nd Annual Conference, March 14-17, 2018 . It is time to book your Pittsburgh hotel… NCECA negotiates special rates and blocks of rooms for conference registrants. Hotel accommodations information for 2018 is now available at this link: 


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