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Dear ClayHouston members,

I hope you are doing well as the weather turns warm and summer approaches!

The entries for the ClayHouston Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists demonstrated the amazing depth of talent that exists in our state and we are pleased to announce that the jurors have made their selections. The winners of the award are:

Mid-Career and Beyond:  Tammie Rubin

Emerging:  Jihye Han

The jurors, Natalia Arbelaez, Adam Chau, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Roberto Lugo, had a difficult time choosing from the exceptional pool of applications. In response, they made a request that we also create an additional category of honor. We're thrilled to announce that an award of Honorable Mention has been awarded to Earnest Snell.

We’re so grateful to all of the award entrants for sharing their inspiring work with us and to our amazing jurors who worked hard to make the award selections.

I’m also excited to announce that ClayHouston will be partnering with The Moody Center for The Arts at Rice University to host a community clay workshop in conjunction with their upcoming exhibition Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of Land. The workshop will take place during the Dimensions Variable event on June 12th from 4-6pm. We are looking for a few volunteers to help facilitate the clay play and will be sending out a sign-up form soon. Please note that the event will be in-person but we will be following Rice University’s COVID-19 protocols of mask wearing and social distancing.

We are also starting a new format for ClayTalks this month. It will still be the same fun, casual get-together and sharing of work & techniques but we’re adding a bit of structure. We’ve selected a theme this month of “Mugs in May” and will begin our conversation by sharing some tips and tricks for mug construction. Feel free to join us to share or listen or bring along your favorite mug for show and tell! We’re also launching a hashtag this month on social media: #CHMugsinMay let’s see what you all are up to out there - post your favorite mugs and mug-related content and tag us so we can share with everyone!

I hope you can get out and enjoy the sunshine this month and hope to see you soon!

Jessica Phillips


Member 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

Jodi Walsh at the Silos

Jodi Walsh announces the opening of her show - "Flying Solo @ The Silos" in Mixed Media. Show is from Saturday, May 1st - Saturday, August 14th, 2021; Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm; Gallery 100 in The Silos at Sawyer Yard; 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston TX 77007.


Abbie Preston Edmonson at  Hardy and Nance Studios

Abbie Preston Edmonson announces the opening of her solo exhibition, "In Darkness Blooms", from May 1-9, 2021. The opening reception will be May 1, from 6-9 PM at Hardy and Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St, Houston, TX 77020. Masks required and social distancing enforced. 

Jessica Phillips at Spring Street Studios

Jessica Phillips has work in the exhibition "Color: Story 2021" at Spring Street Studios. Her piece, created in collaboration with poet Arthur O'Sullivan, is titled "I Can't Unsee You". The exhibition is on view through May 8th. Additional information is available at

Michelle Matthews at SITE Gallery

Michelle Matthews announces the opening of Annexed Energy, University of Houston School of Art, Sculpture Grads and Undergrads at the SITE Gallery, 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, TX, May 1-August 19. Opening reception is Saturday, May 1st, 2 – 6pm.

Michelle Matthews at Blaffer Museum

Michelle Matthews is participating in the Annual University of Houston Student Show at the Blaffer Museum,  4173 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004, May 1–16.

Melissa Symmonds at Sabine Street

Melissa Symmonds has work in the exhibition "Multiplicity". Opening is May 8, 6-8:00 pm.  Show runs from May 8-July 10 at Sabine Street Studio on the corner of Silver and Spring St, Houston; Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm.

Nicolle LaMere at Box13 ArtSpace

Nicolle LaMere announces the opening of her exhibition, "POINT OF ORIGIN", at Box13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011 on May 22 at 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Exhibit runs from May 22 - July 24.

Daryl McCracken at Good Earth Pottery

Daryl McCracken will have two pieces included in “Pitcher Perfect 2” running from June 1 - June 30, 2021 at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA.  The gallery will host an Instagram Livestream with Juror Jennifer Allen.  For more information visit them on Instagram at: or their website

Tracye Wear at Moody Gallery

Tracye Wear has a solo exhibition, "Botanicals", on view March 30 - May 11, 2021 at the Moody Gallery. The exhibition features a new series of graphite drawings, oil stick drawings, ceramic vessels and sculptures which reflect her process as she developed this body of work. Wear is inspired by her combined interests in Cubist and early 20th Century sculpture with natural forms found in her garden.

Elizabeth Bentley at The Artist's Circle Gallery

Elizabeth Bentley has three pieces accepted in The Artist's Circle Gallery juried exhibit, "Green."  The online exhibit can be seen at


Elizabeth Bentley in Dallas' ART214
Elizabeth Bentley accepted in Dallas' Juried Exhibition ART214 which takes place at multi-venues around the city from April 3 through May 29More info


Angela Corson at Monterroso Gallery

Angela Corson announces the opening of her exhibition with Marina Fernandez, "Common Boundaries", at Monterroso Gallery, 1824 Spring Street #104, Houston, TX 77007 on Saturday, April 10 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Exhibit runs from April 10 - May 15.  Common Boundaries

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Laminated clay workshop with Lebeth Lammers

June 18,19 & 20th 2021  10AM - 4PM Each day

Lebeth will demonstrate her process of layering colored slips onto wet porcelain slabs. After they have rested, she will show how she cuts them in various ways and uses the new parts on another slab piece. this will be a 3 day hands on workshop.

To Participate in this workshop:

    • You must be fully vaccinated for coronavirus
    • Must wear mask during workshop
    • Class Fee $400.00

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      Regional News

      Foelber Gallery announces the opening exhibit of “Earnest Snell at 70. A Retrospective in Clay”. 706 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77006. Opening Receptions: Sat. May 22 from 6pm-9pm and Sunday, May 23 from noon-4pm. Join us in celebrating Earnest’s 70th birthday!. Exhibit runs though June 12, 2021. More info and photos:

      Looking at Contemporary Photography Today

      Join Visual Arts Alliance Saturday, May 8, at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation from Geoffrey Koslov, “Looking at Contemporary Photography Today.” This program will be live streamed on VAA’s Facebook page at

      How are the content and presentation of photography changing today? Gallerist and reviewer Geoffrey Koslov will address this question in a discussion which will be of interest to collectors and artists that want to challenge their appreciation, perception and understanding of this evolving medium.




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