This award is dedicated to providing funding for ceramic artists in Texas who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. ClayHouston has created this award as part of our ongoing efforts to cultivate greater diversity and access in the field of ceramics. In addition to those efforts, we acknowledge the heavy toll of the combined forces of COVID-19, systemic racism, and the economic uncertainty currently facing many BIPOC communities. ClayHouston will award two individual winners with $1,200 each. One winner will be chosen from each of the two categories: Emerging and Mid-Career & Beyond. Our jurors had a difficult time choosing from the exceptional pool of applications. In response, they made a request that we create an additional category of Honorable Mention, which is awarded $500.
Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian American artist, born and raised in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship. She completed a yearlong residency at the Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York as a Barbara Rittenberg Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to the Watershed in Newcastle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections, such as the Everson Museum and The Frederik Meijer Gardens. She has been recognized by the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts as a 2018 Emerging Artist in the field. Natalia was a 2018-19 resident artist at Harvard University where she researched pre-Columbian art and histories. She is currently an artist in residence at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City where she continues her research in the work of historical and influential women ceramicists of color.
Adam Chau is an Artist in Cold Spring, NY. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he blends digital manufacturing with traditional studio ceramics. He has published his research in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical, Ceramics Art and Perception, and Studio Potter. In 2018 he received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and in 2019 became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Solo shows include Harvard Ceramics, Manchester Craftsmans Guild, and The Clay Studio. He currently sits on the board of Artaxis and The Color Network.
Natalia & Adam are representing The Color Network. The Color Network's mission is to aid in the advancement of people of color in the ceramic arts. They aim to assist artists to develop, network, and create dialogue, while maintaining a place for a database, resources, and mentorship. The Color Network hopes to foster a community of artists of all professional and skill levels that help each other grow. www.thecolornetwork.org
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history.
Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She is an Assistant Professor of art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, travel grant from Artpace, and the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program to research the global migrations of porcelain and blue and white pattern decoration. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft.
Roberto Lugo is an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. Lugo uses porcelain as his medium of choice, illuminating its aristocratic surface with imagery of poverty, inequality, and social and racial injustice. Lugo’s works are multicultural mash-ups, traditional European and Asian porcelain forms and techniques reimagined with a 21st-century street sensibility. Lugo is the recipient of the 2019 Rome Prize, and was awarded a 2019 Pew Fellowship. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, The Walters Museum of Art, and more.http://robertolugostudio.com