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July 2019 Newsletter


I would like to welcome our new members, Deborah Drake, Carolina Guzman, Lisetta Lavy, Robert Straight, and Kerry Yeager. Please take a moment to get to know them by visiting their member pages and be sure to welcome them in person if you get a chance.

We have a recap from our Pop-Up Marketplace at the end of April. This was our second annual Pop-Up with 22 vendors, over 170 guests and approximately $3,000.00 in sales. Sierra did a survey of the vendors which resulted in lots of ideas for next year’s venue and advertising  Again thank you Sierra and your membership committee for a very successful event.

Printing on Clay by Nicole LaMere at Box 13 was a huge success, I know I enjoyed it immensely and came away with a whole new set of ideas on surface finishes. A friend said to me “you should never miss an opportunity for a workshop” and I believe she is right. Thank you, Nicole, and thank you Abbie and the program committee for making this possible.

As always this time of year the calendar is filling up.

  • Zoe Gross workshop at HCCC August 31, 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Registration opens July 1.
  • Clay Creative Studio event with Lilly Lerner, "Traveling Purses; experience in showing in another country" at the Nosami Studio in the Heights scheduled for mid-September. 
  • Artist Talk with Jeffrey Forster, Chris Silkwood and Damon Thomas is rescheduled for October 5 10:00 AM till 12:00.  All previous registrations are still valid.
  • Symposium Clay Bodies with demonstrating artists Thaddeus Erdahl and Lorna Meaden, October 19 & 20. Seats are limited so register early.
  • ClayHouston General Members Meeting November 9 at the Glassell School of Art. Registration opens July 1.
  • Members only exhibit, Nov 16 - Jan 4 at Sabine St Studios.
  • Bayou City Clay Crawl December 8 at various studios inside the loop.

Betsy Evans and Jessica Phillips are well on the way to firming up the inside the loop hosting studios for the 3rd annual Bayou City Clay Crawl. A call for visiting artists (artists who will sell from a selected studio) will go out  August 1. Remember if you plan to apply for "visiting artist" you need to update your member page.

If you are in the market to buy, sell, take classes, or need other clay resources, check out all the information on our web site under Clay Resources. 

Happy 4th,

Anne Steacy


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Workshop with Zoe Gross

Please join ClayHouston and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for Spill the Dirt, an artist talk and demonstration with Zoe Gross. This will be held on August 31 at HCCC (4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002) from 11AM-2PM. Zoe will lead us in a conversation digging deep into her creative and technical process. She will begin with an artist talk exploring her artistic inspiration, her graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her experience as a resident artist and arts educator. Following the artist talk will be a live demonstration of Zoe’s building process covering advanced coil construction and textural surface design where participants will be encouraged to ask questions regarding their own work. The artist talk will begin at 11AM, followed by a demonstration at 12:30PM. Register

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We want every member to have the opportunity to be featured on the Member Spotlight. In order to be selected you must have a up-to-date profile page with at least 6-10 images of your work currently on display.

Jo Zider in Texas Sculpture Group

Jo Zider has two installations in the Texas Sculpture Group Exhibition at Splendora Gardens in Splendora, Texas (a 45 min. drive north of Houston).  Both installations contain the clay bone simulations Jo has been working with for the past ten years+:  Sign of Genocide and Say My Name and More.  Pieces are on view June 1-July 26.  Contact Ruby Locke Surls @splendoragardens, 970-390-5748 for hours of viewing.

Jo Zider in WIVLA 

Jo Zider has a mixed media, watercolor painting in Midsummer Light, an exhibition by WIVLA at the Cloister Gallery of Christ Church Cathedral, Texas at San Jacinto on view through July 19.   Treebeards has a cafeteria style lunch daily 11am-1pm Mon-Sat.  Park in garage on east side of San Jacinto and have your ticket validated in the cafeteria.  

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work, “Timeless . . . . . In our time”, accepted in the Glassell Student Exhibition Time at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. June 14 to August 30, Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.


Eileen McClellan at Beeville Art Museum

Eileen McClellan is pleased to announce that her sculpture, “Trilogy”, was selected for the 2019 Texas Artists Exhibition at the Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin St., Beeville, Tx. 78102 The opening will be held on August 3rd from noon until 2 and the show will continue through August 24th. The Beeville Art Museum is a gem of a venue located in the Esther Barnhart House built in 1910. It is well worth the drive just to see this beautiful turn of the century home.

Vivian Pastor and Laura Sprague in Without Borders

Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency is pleased to announce the exhibition Without Borders at the Mönchskirche Gallery in Salzwedel, Germany, on view July 4 through August 4, 2019. Curated by Hans Molzberger and Michelle Matthews, Without Borders will feature eight Houston artists, including Vivian Pastor and Laura Sprague, whose work is influenced by the landscape, history, and local community in nearby Hilmsen. The exhibition concludes a month-long residency program. 

Thomas Perry in From the Ground Up XXVIII

Two of Thomas Perry's ceramic works were selected by juror Naomi Clement for the From the Ground Up XXVIII regional exhibition at the Las Cruces Museum of Art,  August 2 to October 19, 2019. The biennial exhibition is sponsored by the Las Cruces Potters Guild, and this year's juror is Naomi Clement.

Nell Gottlieb, Vivian Pastor & Marisol Valencia Earn Glassell Certificate of Achievement

Nell Gottlieb, Vivian Pastor, and Marisol Valencia are exhibiting their work in the Certificate of Achievement Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston, 77006, opening on June 7 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The exhibit runs from May 24 - August 11.  

Sierra Estes, Maria Morales, and Melissa Symmonds at Glassell

Sierra Estes, Maria Morales & Melissa Symmonds have work in the juried 2019 Glassell Student show at the Glassell Studio School, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. Symmond's piece won a merit award plus the vendor award from the Ceramic Store.  The show runs from May 24 - Aug 11.

Nell Gottlieb and Eileen McClellan in VAA Show

Nell Gottlieb and Eileen McClellan have work in the 36th Juried Open Exhibition of the Visual Arts Alliance, opening at Silver Street Studios, West Wing, 2000 Edwards Street,Houston TX 77007 on June 26 from 6-8 pm.  Show closes July 13.

Michelle Matthews at Mother Dog Studios

Michelle Matthews exhibition, "Resilient" is at Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut Street, Houston, TX 77002. Matthews’ exhibition runs from May 10 through July 31, 2019. To view her work click here    

Damon Thomas in True North 2019

Damon Thomas’ mixed-media sculpture, “Home Fire,” is one of eight large-scale sculptures included in True North 2019 the sixth iteration of the annual public sculpture exhibit along Heights Boulevard. Standing approximately seven feet high, “Home Fire” combines ceramic “logs” with a metal “flame” and base. This is the first year that ceramic sculpture has been included since True North began in 2014. On view Mar 10 -  Dec 15. For more information:

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Jeff Forster in True North 2019

Jeff Forster has “North Space Ruin” in the 1800 block of Heightsin "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  Located at the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

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Visual Arts Alliance invites you to a talk by self-taught urban artist Anat Ronen. Her large-scale murals often ask the viewer to consider deep questions about their world. She presents her thoughts on the artist's intention.  

Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy Street , Houston, Texas, 77006


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