ClayHouston is pleased to announce the 2018 Fall Symposium, “Beyond the Surface: Identity through Clay.” This year we are excited to have Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Adam Field for our visiting artists: Jennifer and Adam are two prolific ceramic artists with diverse backgrounds and multi-faceted studio practices. Bridget Bray, the Nancy C. Allen Curator & Director of Exhibitions at the Asia Society Texas Center, will be our Keynote Speaker; and Anna Walker, the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), will be our Panel Moderator.

Both Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Adam Field utilize surface in their work in expressive ways, and both use art to explore issues of identity and cultural history. Jennifer Ling Datchuk is a Professor at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, and her personal history and experiences as an Asian-American woman. Adam Field is a full-time studio potter living in Helena, Montana. Field learned traditional Korean pottery techniques in Icheon, South Korea – today, he makes his own porcelain pottery and Onggi jars with hand-carved designs that are inspired by nature, geometry, and his travels.

LocationAll events will be held at the Department of Visual Arts, University Academic Center (Bldg. 18), Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston TX 77074-3298

Hotel: Crown Plaza SW Freeway, 9090 Southwest Freeway, Houston TX 77074
HBU Rate Contact: John Paul Journar (713) 995-0123,

Area Eateries: within 5-minute walk

Chipotle: 7457 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX 77074 
Jimmy Johns: 7459 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX 77074
Salata: 7457 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX 77074
Blaze Pizza: 7459 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX 77074

Parking: Free.

Questions -  Anne Steacy at

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 20th

9:00 - 9::30 am Registration Sign-in 
9:30 - 10:45 am Artists' Presentations
10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker Bridget Bray
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm Artists' Demos & Insights
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 5:00 pm Artists' Demos & Insights

Sunday, October 21th

9:00 - 10:30 am Artists' Demos & Insights
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 12:00 pm Artists’ Demos & Insights
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 pm Demo Conclusions
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm Artists Conversation with Anna Walker

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