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Nosami Studio

(partnering with Empty Bowls Houston)

VIRTUAL ONLY due to COVID 19


Mary Aldrich

Artist statement:

In the ten years that I have been learning about and creating in clay, I have not run out of techniques that I want to learn about or inspiration for new projects that I want to create. This year, while social distancing, I have not been going to my studio but instead have been creating in my garage using simple tools from my kitchen. The result is a collection of small hand-built bowls. 100% of the proceeds have been donated to my favorite restaurant, which happens to be owned by my niece.

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   Website:  www.maryaldrich.com

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Loes Berendschot

Artist statement:

Over the past 30 years I lived on 3 continents, everywhere I have used clay as material to create art. Clay connected and grounded me literally to the place I live, through clay I learned life is a process of adding, subtracting- giving and taking in order to become the best I can be.

The same process I use in clay, each art work is a reflection of where I am in this process, each piece brings me new insights and shows me the way forward. 

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Sierra Estes

Artist statement:

Sierra Estes began working with clay in 2013 in my undergraduate studies. Her lifelong affinity for the earth drew her into clay, where she found a sense of familiarity and intimacy working with her hands. Her love for ceramics is rooted in the experience of working with the earth and being able to bring that connection to others through functional objects used in everyday rituals.

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   Website: estesceramics.com

   Instagram: @sierra.estes

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Jane Greenberg

Artist statement:

After having worked with clay for many years while utilizing a wide range of techniques, I am currently captivated by the simplicity and immediacy of the pinch pot, both as a singular functional object and in multiples to create sculpture.

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Linda Hayon

Artist statement:

I have been hand building with earthenware clay for 15 years.  Having recently moved to Houston, I am inspired by the vibrancy and creativity of the local art community.  I value the expressive venue that hand building with clay offers.  I love to explore texture, color, and surface design—creating functional as well as decorative ceramic pieces that invite touch.

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   Instagram:  lindahayon1 

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Lilly Lerner

Artist statement:

Lilly Lerner Reilley resides in Houston, Texas.  After a career in the computer industry, she became a clay artist.  Lilly has studied ceramics at the Glassell School.  Currently, she is part of the Nosami Studio in the Heights, where she works and shows her art.

The body of Lilly’s work is composed of depictions of the elements of daily living mostly women's purses that tell stories about their human  journey.  

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   Website:  www.LillyLerner.com
   Instagram: www.instagram.com/curlycolombian

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Maria Raquel Morales

Artist statement :

Clay gives me the opportunity to express myself . Time and experience have helped me be more spontaneous with form and surface. I enjoy the process of creating, surrounded by a supportive community.

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Vivian Pastor

Artist statement:

Her work revolves around nature, the story of life and death alongside the delicate fragments of memory. She hand builds all of her work from a bag of clay, coil or slab.

Every time she molds clay it is a deep reminder of her Mexican American heritage. Her work cultivates a passionate extension of her father Joseph Vasquez who was a humble tortilla maker; one of her fondest memories is helping him knead dough to make ends meet. Looking back into her childhood she believes her work’s whimsical aesthetic is tied to her very limited time with her mother who was always in the garden. This culture now lives within her as she went from kneading dough to molding clay, and the honor and gratefulness she feel when she creates something from nothing.

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   Website:  Vivianpastor.com

   Instagram:  @vivianpastorart 

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Mara Cavalcanti Reid

Artist statement:

Working with clay is  joyful but yet full of challenges. Over the years it has taught me to be inspired by other more talented artists and to never give up.

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Anne Steacy

Artist statement :

I have always been intrigued by the process of creating things; the complexity of the physical process is what I find fascinating. Growing up in a family of craftspeople, including boat builders and stonemasons, has made me comfortable with the process of creating. After years of wheel throwing, I have moved more in the direction of hand-building and have begun to combine the beauty of the wheel with the freedom of the hand. 

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Website: anne.steacy.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/anne.steacy.9/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/annesteacy/

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Jill Whitten

Artist statement:

I have been taking and making ceramics since 2012 when I began classes at the Glassell School. I was inspired by ceramics from the 1960’s initially when I could use the crusty glazes of Cone 10. In recent years I am inspired by the Mexican folk art that my father collected on our many trips to the Mexico border in my youth. The whimsy and looseness and humanity of Mexican folk art continually delights me and I like to think I have added my own personal expression in the forms I love. I make trees of life, candelabra, cactus and birds for the most part. All hand built.  

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FaceBook: Jill whitten  
Instagram: @56jillw

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Houston, TX 77266

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