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December 2019 Newsletter

ClayHouston has had a very busy fall. In an attempt to make this an easy read, I am going for bullets this time.

Welcome to our new members

  • We have six new General Members: Heidi Aus den Ruther, Debra Chronister, Katie O’Donnell, Miyako Ono, Lea Roberts and Olivia Tarricone.
  • We have three new student members: Max Bridges, Elaine Carr and Glenda Denton.

BCCC, our primary fundraiser for the year, is December 8th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

  • Twelve studios and 40+ artists. Join us for an art-filled day. Invite your friends and family.
  • Spread the word. Media packages with flyers and maps are available click here.

2020 Slate approval

  • CH’s 2020 slate will be in your electronic mailbox in early December. Please respond promptly.

General Meeting

  • Thirty-three members in attendance with lots of discussions.
  • The board reviewed 2019 and discussed plans for 2020. To see the slide show CH General Meeting Nov 9 2019.pptx.
  • Member survey is still open click here and help us plan for 2020.
  • Sabine Triplett was the lucky winner of the $50.00 Ceramic Store gift card. Congrats! 

Members-only Show

  • Our best show ever with 43 participating member artists. 
  • The winners are Best in Show - Glenda Pivarel, Special Merit - Roy Hanscom, Special Merit - Damon Thomas. There were three Honorable Mentions - Kelley Eggert, Denise Greenwood-Loveless and Cathy & Darryl Smith.
  • The Exhibit and Opening was a huge success. Be sure to stop by, at Sabine Street Gallery, 1907 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007.
  • Thank you, Laura Sprague and your committee: Karen Fiscus, Linda Coney, Maria Garrett and Maria Hernandez for a perfect event.
  • The Lorna Meaden Raffle winner was Loes Berendschot, Congratulations!  

Giving Season

  • ClayHouston is a 501c3 non-Profit; please consider us when you make your year-end gifts.
  • Your donation will help with our 2020 programming. Donate here.

Join us in Germany for a 3-week workshop. Information/registration click here. 

Yasuhisa Kohyama Master Class Workshop Jan 25/26, 2020.

  • Registration opens early December, watch for the announcement.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Anne Steacy


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If you are in the market for anything clay related check out our web site.

Anne Steacy


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

Member News

Click here for the Member Spotlight

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.

Heights Artisan Market

Thomas Perry, Tanna Bennet, Doni Langlois, and YuCha Park will be participating in the Heights Artisan Market holiday sale, Saturday, December 7, 10 - 5, at All Saints Church Hall, 215 E. 10th. Street at Cortlandt.

Jessica Kreutter and Melissa Symmonds at Front Gallery

Jessica Kreutter and Melissa Symmonds will be showing in a group ceramics exhibition by 25 Houston area artists called "Spree". The exhibition is located at The Front Gallery, 1412 Bonnie Brae St, Houston 77006, and opens on December 7th from 5pm-7pm and will be open through the month of December. The gallery hours are Saturdays from 3-5pm and by appointment (contact 713.298.4750).  For more information visit:

Angela Corson at Glassell

Angela Corson would like to announce that she will be part of the Latin American Women Artists of Houston (LAWAH) "Convergencia/Convergence" exhibition opening November 1st, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77265. The full exhibition runs through December 1st. For details, visit

Jessica Kreutter at The Rotunda

Jessica Kreutter is exhibiting for Sculpture Month Houston at The Rotunda at City Hall with an opening reception on November 14th, 6-7:30 pm.  The exhibition will be on view through approximately Dec 14th, 2019. The Rotunda at City Hall is located at 901 Bagby St. Houston TX , 77002 and is open for viewing Monday-Friday 9am-5 pm. Please check website for updated details:

Emily Rensink at Mother Dog Studios

Emily Rensink will be showing work at Mother Dog Studios ("Mother Nature, Human Nature, Back to Nature") during Artcrawl Houston 2019 (Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10am-9pm).  Artwork will be on display through January 2020.  For more details click here


Jeff Forster at Sawyer Yards

Jeff Forster is pleased to announce the opening reception of his solo exhibition Ruin, Ruins, Ruining in Art Alley at Sawyer Yards.  The show is composed of 5 large scale outdoor sculptures, one of which is a collaborative performance piece with artist Michelle Matthews.  It will take place Saturday October 5th from 7 - 9 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 7:30.  Exhibit runs from Oct 5 thru Sept, 2020.

Damon Thomas discusses clay in Houston Art Tribe Video

Damon Thomas discusses his work and his recent show at the Jung Center of Houston in this interview with Kay Sarver, a Houston artist and creator of the Houston Art Tribe  video series.  To view 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 Heights in "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  Located at the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

Basic Kiln Training Workshop 

December 13th at 4:30 PM


Ceramics 101 Workshop

December 13th at 6 PM


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Regional News

Join VAA for a gallery talk with Terrell James on Saturday, December 7, from 10:30 - 11:00 AM at Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom Street, Houston, TX 77007.

Terrell James (b.1955) is a painter and artist based in Houston. She produces oil paintings, vigorous mural-scaled work to small panel works. Throughout her 35-year career, she has also produced studied works on paper, including etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and drawings. She has worked in bronze and clay, producing small-scale sculptures, and in patinated steel, producing large flat works very like paintings. James has also worked in various mediums producing site-specific and impermanent installations around the world.

Her paintings are interpretations of landscapes, internal and external, and memory, real and intuited (or personal and collective).


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