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DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER


Dear ClayHouston members,

Hello! I hope you are well as we enter the home stretch of 2020. What a year it has been! We recently made the difficult decision to transition this year’s Bayou City Clay Crawl event to a VIRTUAL-ONLY format. It’s disappointing that we won’t be seeing each other in person (even from a distance with masks!) but with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we felt it was best to err on the side of safety.

That said, we have been preparing for this possibility and many of our participants have been hard at work stocking their online shops and creating beautiful ceramic work that will be perfect for your holiday gift giving! I hope you will visit www.bayoucityclaycrawl.com. We’ve posted some photos of each artists’ works there as well as convenient links so you can contact them or browse their websites. Please share the Clay Crawl website with your friends and collectors who might be interested in purchasing ceramics and supporting our talented member artists. Empty Bowls will be available on many virtual artist websites and you can also make a direct donation to Empty Bowls Houston by following this link https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/EBH2020 or text EBH2020 to 71777 (Msg & data rates may apply). Now more than ever the Houston Food Bank needs our support.  

This past month we revealed our Member Exhibition Award Winners selected by Jesse Sifuentes. A big congratulations to: 

Best in Show: Sierra Estes for “Fermentation Jar”

Best Sculptural: Renee Lieber for “Avian”

Best Functional: Naoko Teruya for “Basket”

Thanks again to our participants and don’t forget to check out all of the beautiful work in the Virtual Member Exhibition!

We held our annual General Membership meeting this past month on Zoom, thanks to all who attended! It was a nice opportunity for a bit of a recap of our 2020 events and activities. I’d like to say a special thank you to the ClayHouston board members for all your hard work! The board report presentations at our meeting served as a wonderful reminder of how much care and effort has gone into helping us keep going through this very unusual year.

Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our proposed 2021 board slate:

President: Jessica Phillips

Vice President: Abbie Preston Edmonson

Secretary: Maria Hernandez

Treasurer: Jessica Gutierrez

Communications Chair: Melissa Symmonds

Exhibitions Chair: Jacob Villalobos

Fundraising Chair: Mara Cavalcanti Reid

Membership Chair: Stacy Kuropata

Programs Chair: Marie-Hélène Nguyen

Member-at-Large: Anna Mayer

Past President: Anne Steacy

Please keep an eye on your inbox, we will be sending an email poll this month asking for your vote to confirm the proposed slate. 

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the “Yoga for Artists” with Debra Chronister taking place December 12th from 10am - 11am on Zoom. It will be nice to have an excuse to slow down and take a deep breath in the midst of these busy times!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to connecting with you in 2021. Maybe even in-person at some point?!? (Here’s to hoping!) In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and well.

Jessica Phillips

President

ClayHouston.org



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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

Daryl McCracken at Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

Daryl McCracken’s "Watering can as an allegory of the conflict with time” was accepted to Epperson Galleries “National Clay Competition” juried by Scott Shields, Associate Director of the Crocker Art Museum.

The show features work from 45 artists from around the United States and runs November 14 - January 17th, 2021.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona St. Crockett, CA 94525, 510-787-2925, http://eppersongallery.com/instagram/https://www.instagram.com/curator_epperson_gallery/ 


CH Members at Kinder Morgan

Gaby Bello, Caroline Carey and Melissa Symmonds were selected for the Glassell "Fall" exhibition at the Kinder Morgan Headquarters, 1001 Louisiana St # 1000, Houston, TX 77002.  Exhibition opens on Nov 23 and runs for 3 months. 


Melissa Symmonds in VAA Exhibition 

Melissa Symmonds' "Jorge" was accepted for the VAA 37th Juried Membership Exhibition. The show was juried by Shana Nys Dambrot, an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA.  The exhibition can be seen at https://visualartsalliance.org/?cat=22 starting November 26 at 6:00 pm.


Melissa Symmonds at Clay Center of New Orleans

Melissa Symmonds' "Diego" was accepted for "Clay: A Southern Census", juried by artist Ariel Bowman.   The call was open to 17 southern states.  The exhibition runs from January 8-30 and can be seen at https://www.nolaclay.org/current-and-upcoming-exhibitions.html
 


Michelle Matthews at TANK Space

Michelle Matthews announces the opening of her exhibition, "Solitude", at TANK Space, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007. Exhibit runs from October 3, 2020 – January 9, 2021. The exhibition is open to the public Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM. (https://www.sawyeryards.com/do/solitude)


CH Members at Virtual Heights Artisan Market

Carol Berger, Doni Langlois, and Thomas Perry are participating in this year's Virtual Heights Artisan Market. The virtual market will be online through November and December.  www.heightsartisanmarket.com.

    

CH Members in Glassell Student Exhibition

Caroline Carey, Terry Hagiwara, Melissa Symmonds and Cynthia Wisener were accepted into the 2020 Glassell Virtual Student Exhibition. To view the Exhibition -https://studentexhibition.mfah.yourcultureconnect.com/e/student-exhibition-glassell 



Elizabeth Bentley at Art Room

Two of Elizabeth Bentley's pieces, "Chemo Brain" and "Blue Girl" have been accepted for Art Room's 4th Annual Small Works Show in Fort Worth. The exhibition runs from November 13th through December 12, 2020 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center - 1300 Gendy Street. Fort Worth, TX.  https://www.artroomfw.org/exhibition

  






 We are open for curbside pick ups. Just send us an email or call with your order. When you get here open the back of your vehicle. Then call us and let us know that you are here. We will load your items into the rear of your vehicle.  Mon - Thurs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm 

We are also doing 20 minute in-store appointments (must call to schedule)

 Annual Kiln Sale

Despite COVID-19 production delays, we were able to get a limited number of kilns in from Skutt and Cress for our annual sale. This kiln sale is for our local customers only, so price is only available in store for kilns that are in stock, no phone or internet orders. We appreciate your loyalty through these tough times. First come first serve, we will not hold kilns. Sale dates are 11-30-2020 through 12-23-2020.

Due to raw material increases there will be a significant price increase on kilns in January 2021.

Winter Vacation will start on December 24. We will return on January 5th


 


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Regional News

  

Center for Centering

Center for Centering announces classes forming for Spring 2021. Classes will be limited to five students and will take place at Center for Centering, 5005 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020. Please note that masks will be required and physical distancing will be enforced. For more information, please contact us at: 713-582-1198 or centerforcentering@gmail.com. You may see what we are up to at: IG: @centerforcentering and FB: CenterforCentering. Cheers, and happy holidays!



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