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DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER


Dear ClayHouston members,

It's hard to believe we are already closing in on the end of 2021! We've had a busy year and the fun just keeps on coming! Today is #GivingTuesday and it's a wonderful day to show support for ClayHouston. This is your chance to directly impact the Clay Community in Houston. With just a small donation, you can help us continue to grow our community through outreach, events, and programming. Click here to learn more and make a donation today!



Come on out Sunday December 5th from 10am - 5pm for ClayHouston’s Bayou City Clay Crawl. With 44 amazing ceramic artists at 7 Heights-area host studios there will be something for everyone, beautiful sculptural works, functional wares, and Live Demos at Noon, 1:30pm and 3pm at different locations. Empty Bowls Houston will be joining us again this year. I hope you will visit the studios and support our talented local artists as well as the Houston Food Bank. Visit www.bayoucityclaycrawl.com for more information and a map of the studio locations.

This past month we revealed our Member Exhibition Award Winners selected by María-Elisa Heg. Congratulations to:

Best in Show: Anne Steacy for “My Father’s Tools”

Special Merit: Lauren Clay for “Blue White Wedge”

Special Merit: Cynthia Wisener for “After Goya’s Maja”

Honorable Mention: Saba Besier for “Recovery”

Congratulations are also in order for our November Raffle winner, Molly Moorman! Molly takes home the lovely Grid Bowl by Maria Hernandez. 

Our December Raffle item is a beautiful pair of Porcelain Stud Earrings handmade by Danelle Cass of Earth and Ember. Each earring measures 1” in diameter and is mounted on surgical steel posts, see below for a photo. These could be a fashionable treat for you or a great holiday gift for a loved one! Purchase your tickets now for a chance to win!  

Looking ahead, I’m excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for the exhibition: Limitless: The 2021 Recipients of ClayHouston’s Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists. The Exhibition will showcase work by award winners, Jihye Han, Tammie Rubin & Earnest Snell and will be presented inside HCCC’s Asher Gallery from January 15 to March 5, 2022. Keep an eye out for additional information and programming announcements.

And, there is even more to look forward to in the New Year! Here is the proposed slate for the 2022 ClayHouston Board:

    • ​​President: Abbie Preston Edmonson
    • Vice President: Marie-Hélène Nguyen
    • Secretary: Carol Berger
    • Treasurer: Jessica Gutierrez
    • Communications Chair: Melissa Symmonds
    • Exhibitions Chair: Jacob Villalobos
    • Fundraising Co-Chairs:  Jes Dougherty & Connie Boyd
    • Membership Chair: Maria Hernandez
    • Programs Chair: Stephanie Torres
    • Member-at-Large: Michelle Heinesen
    • Member-at-Large: Reed Bussey
    • Past President: Jessica Phillips
You will be receiving an email soon asking for your vote to confirm the slate.

And, since this is my last President’s letter I have to take a moment to say THANK YOU! It’s been such a pleasure serving as ClayHouston President these past two years. Through (and despite!) all the ups and downs, ClayHouston has provided me with a connection to all of you and I am so grateful!

I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Happy Holidays!
Jessica Phillips

President

ClayHouston.org


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  ClayHouston Raffle

The December ClayHouston Raffle featuresPorcelain Stud Earrings by Danelle Cass of Earth and Ember Ceramic. Each beautiful and stylish porcelain earring measures 1” in diameter and is mounted on surgical steel posts.Click here to  purchase raffle tickets. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 or 6 for $20, NO LIMIT to the number of tickets you can buy. The more you purchase, the better your chances to win!

  
  

ClayHouston Members at ACCH Maker Market

Jeff & Reema Forster, Kathleen Hamlet and Daryl McCracken will share their work on December 18th from 10-2 at the ACCH Maker Market. Hosted by Amsterdam Coffee Shop at 807 W 19Th St Houston, this intimate market features handmade ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and foods by houston area makers. To learn more https://fb.me/e/1USqwKQiL.


Jessica Kreutter at Box 13 ArtSpace

Jessica Kreutter has work in a group exhibition, "Chills and Thrills" at Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011. Open every Saturday 1pm - 5pm from October 23- Dec 11th. https://www.box13artspace.com/2021/09/28/chills-thrills-curated-by-cinthia-gomez/


Jessica Kreutter at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Jessica Kreutter has work in "Case Study Space" an installation honoring Clint Willour featuring Houston-based former residents, Houston Center for Comptempory Craft, 4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, Open November 4, 2021 - February 5, 2022,  https://crafthouston.org


Jessica Kreutter at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Jessica Kreutter has work acquired for Houston's Civic Art Collection in the Houston Airport System and to be installed at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airports (HOU). https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2021/largest-airport-one-time-acquisition.html


Jessica Kreutter at Museum of Biblical Arts

Jessica Kreutter has work in group exhibition featuring 30 Texas ceramic artists "Broken and Whole" at the Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225. Opening September 11th- December 18th, Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm, https://www.biblicalarts.org/remember911


Linnis Blanton at Beaumont Art League

Linnis Blanton announces the opening of his one person show "Sacred Silence" at the Beaumont Art League, 2675 Gulfway Street, Beaumont, TX 77703. Opening reception on Saturday, November 13 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Exhibition runs from Nov 13 to Dec 17.


CH Members at Heights Artisan Market

Carol Berger, Tanna Bennett, Thomas Perry, and V.Chin will be participating in the Heights Artisan Market, Saturday, December 4, 10 - 5, at All Saints Church Hall, 215 E 10th Street in The Heights.

Renee Lieber at Museum of Biblical Arts

Renee Lieber has work "Matzoh Towers" on loan to Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, Texas through April 2022.


Renee Lieber at Artspace 111

Renee Lieber has work "Capri Halo" in Texas Sculpture Group exhibit at Artspace 111, Fort Worth


Damon Thomas in Sculpture Month

Contact,” a clay-focused multimedia installation by Damon Thomas, is on view through Dec. 4 as part of Sculpture Month Houston at SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., Suite 400. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6.  Damon will give an artist talk on Sat., Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

 “Contact” is one of 16 installations on view for Sculpture Month Houston. The gallery’s cavelike setting is ideal for this year’s theme, “Altamira: The Primal Urge to Create.” Damon’s installation is his imagining of how humans and wolves first encountered each other in the dark confines of a prehistoric cave.


Cynthia Wisener at Glassell

Cynthia Wisener in Glassell Figurative Students Past and Present Artists 2000-2021, second floor gallery, Glassell School of Art through Jan 2022.


Emily Rensink at Museum of Biblical Art

Emily Rensink announces that she will have two pieces in the upcoming group exhibition, “Broken and Whole”, at the Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225.  The exhibition opens September 11th and will run through the middle of January. (https://www.biblicalarts.org/)

 







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