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Hello and Greetings!

I am excited to begin serving as ClayHouston’s President this year and I’d like to thank Anne Steacy for all of her hard work. She set an inspiring example and is certainly a tough act to follow!  I’m really looking forward to working with our 2020 board members to make this a wonderful year full of really fun activities!


We began January with our transition board meeting and a productive planning session. We wish a very warm welcome to our new 2020 board members: 

  • Maria Hernandez: Secretary
  • Stacy Kuropata: Membership
  • Anna Mayer: At Large
  • Maria Raquel Morales: Exhibitions
  • Marie-Hélène Nguyen: Programs

They join our 2019 board who are continuing with us in these roles:

  • Jessica Phillips: President
  • Abbie Preston: Vice President 
  • Melissa Symmonds: Communications
  • Betsy Evans: Fundraising
  • Mara Cavalcanti Reid: Strategic Planning
  • Maura Ferrero-Baroni: Treasurer
  • Anne Steacy: Past President
  • Jessica Kreutter: At Large 

Also, we want to say a HUGE thank you to our outgoing board members: 

  • Lauren Clay: Secretary
  • Sierra Estes: Membership
  • Kathryn Hall: At Large
  • Laura Sprague: Exhibitions

We’re so grateful for all you’ve done and wouldn’t be where we are now without all of your hard work and dedication.


This past month we enjoyed some social time during our Cultured Cocktails event at Boheme. It was wonderful to have a chance to relax and catch-up after the holidays and I enjoyed seeing many of you there.

Sadly, as you all have heard, Yasuhisa Kohyama fell ill and had to postpone his trip to Houston. Our thoughts are with him as he recovers and we look forward to announcing a rescheduled date for the demonstration/workshop events.

Later in January Betsy Evans organized a ceramics road trip to The Art Museum of South Texas to see the exhibition ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture as well as to attend a workshop with Sergei Isupov. Thanks Betsy for creating such an awesome opportunity for ceramics-travel fun!


As we move from Winter to Spring we have much to look forward to! Mark your calendars:

February 15th 2:00 - 3:30pm: Clay Creative with Judy Adams at Foelber Studios. Register Here

March 7th: Craft Community Day at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Volunteer Here

March 14th2020 CREATIVE VISION: Social Media for your Creative Business. We are excited to be co-sponsoring a Social Media Workshop with WiVLA. Join us from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm on March 14, 2020 at the Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055. Five social media experts will present on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and MailChimp and then lead two afternoon break-out sessions for hands-on learning and Q&A. Learn the ins and outs of these social media platforms and how they can benefit your creative business and art practice. Register Today 

April 4th: Empty Bowls. For more information, visit: and please consider donating your handmade bowls at The Ceramic Store: March 16 - April 3, 2020 or The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: March 21 - April 3, 2020.


Our communications chair, Melissa Symmonds, is leading a review process of our website’s information architecture and design. Our aim is to make the site easier to use through thoughtful updates to the navigation and graphics. Keep an eye out for the improvements!


We are always looking for more volunteers to lend a hand! If you are interested in playing a more active role in ClayHouston please send me an email ( and let me know! We’re especially looking for some additional help on our Programs committee as well as on our Pop-Up marketplace event team. We’ll also post specific opportunities from time to time. I hope you’ll reach out, it’s a great way to get to know more of the friendly ClayHouston folks!

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all at upcoming events and activities. Thanks for all you do to make this such a great organization!

Jessica Phillips


ember News

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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 an up-to-date profile page with at least 6-10 images of your work currently on display

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work, “Snowfall . . . . . not Houston” has a work in the Glassell Student Exhibition Winter at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. The building is open Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.  The exhibit closes February 28.

"About Face" at South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas is presenting a traveling exhibition of Ceramic Figurative Sculpture selected from work by the following artists: Wesley Anderegg, Robert ArnesonChris AntemannRudy AutioRussell BilesCristina CórdovaJack EarlSean ErwinViola FreyAlessandro Gallo, David Gilhooly, Gerit Grimm, Sergei IsupovDoug JeckHoward KottlerMichael Lucero , Walter McConnell, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jim Neel, Virgial Ortiz, Andrew Raftery, Allan Rosenbaum, Akio Takimori, Yoshio Taylor, Tip TolandJason Walker Kurt Weiser Beatrice Wood , Sun Koo Yuh.  Jan 24 to Apr 19.

Melissa Symmonds at Mercer Botanic Gardens

Melissa Symmonds has work showing in the Children's garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens located at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road.  Exhibit runs from Jan 30 to end of June, 2020.

“Connections” at Foelber Gallery

Foelber Gallery announces the exhibition, “Connections”, featuring recent work by gallery ceramists.  The opening reception is Saturday, February 8 from 6 -9 pm and Sunday, February 9 from noon - 4 pm. The exhibit runs through March 14, 2020. 706 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77006, 713-529-1703,

Vivian Pastor at Live Oak Art Center

Vivian Pastor announces the opening of her exhibition Cultivating Memories, at Live Oak Art Center 1014 Milam, Columbus, TX 78934 on March 7, 2020 From 6-8 pm. Her exhibition runs from March 4 - Match 25 , 2020. To view her work click here

Pat Johnson at Texas Clay by the Bay

Texas Clay by the Bay at the K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi. A 2-day pop-up show in the gallery during the city’s March First Friday ArtWalk. The show will open the evening of Friday, March 6, 5:30-9:00 pm, and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. The pop-up will be followed by an exhibition that will be installed in the gallery March 11 – April 8, 2020.

The following artists were selected by the K Space exhibition committee: Alejandra Almuelle, Mary Fischer, Michael & Gaye Lynn Hodgson, Stan Irvin, Pat Johnson, Shikha Joshi, and Jess & Jamie Lea Wade.

We are thrilled to present such a talented and accomplished group of ceramic artists to Corpus Christi.

Teach Ceramics in Maine this Summer

Camp Laurel, one of New England’s premier co-ed summer camps, is seeking Ceramics Instructors for the summer of 2020.

Instructors will lead and assist with projects that teach skills and promote creativity. We are looking for artists who are passionate about their craft and would enjoying sharing this passion with children.  Apply Here

Survey - Ceramics Classes in Houston

If you are involved with teaching ceramics classes, please take this survey designed by Judy Adams at Foelber Pottery.  We'd like to update the list of current classes available in the Houston area.  Survey

Pat Johnson at 218 Co-op Gallery

The 218 Co-op Gallery in San Marcos announces the exhibition of “Pat Johnson and Mrs. Copeland’s Pig”. Pat was selected by the guest juror, internationally recognized sculptor Catherine Lee, for Best of Show of the Tiny Art Texas exhibition held last year at the gallery. The exhibition runs from January 9 through February 2. A reception will be held January 11, 6-9 pm with an and artist talk at 7:00 pm. To view her work visit  218 Coop Gallery

Emily Rensink at Mother Dog Studios

Jeff Forster at Sawyer Yards

Jeff Forster is pleased to announce his solo exhibition Ruin, Ruins, Ruining in Art Alley at Sawyer Yards.  The show is composed of 5 large scale outdoor sculptures.   Exhibit runs from Oct 5 thru Sept, 2020.

Ceramics 101 class

with Michelle Heinesen

February 5th at 9:00 AM

Novice  $80 

Teacher  $50


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