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Dear ClayHouston members,

I hope this month finds each of you healthy and staying cool!

Last month we announced this year's winners of our Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists. We are thrilled to announce Eliza Au as the recipient of our Mid Career and Beyond category and brothers Ricardo and Marcello Ramirez Garcia-Rojas, as the recipients of our Emerging Category. Thank you to our brilliant jurors Virginia Felix, Raheleh Filsoofi, and Gabo Martinez.

Join us for a good ol’ Pinch & Bitch on June 23 from 7-9 PM! Bring your favorite clay and get ready to pinch some pots together and collectively chat about all things creativity, technique, life in the studio, and more. We'll be hanging out in our Program's Chair, Reed Bussey’s, backyard. It’s a BYOCAT (Bring Your Own Clay And Tools) and refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us for this casual evening together!

It was so good to be with so many of you at our last Happy Hour Meet and Greet in East downtown at How To Survive on Land & Sea. We had a great turnout! These events are quickly becoming one of my favorites as it gives us time to connect, meet new members, and talk shop a bit. Thank you for coming to spend time together as a community! We’ll be hosting another one later this Summer so I hope you can make it!

Lastly, we love when our members want to get more involved with our ongoing operations. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following committees:

EIA (Equity.Inclusion.Access.): Working to bridge the gap between clay and underrepresented communities in Houston while naming and co-creating opportunities within our organization and alongside city partners to provide inclusive programming and engagement, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation or ability. This committee is looking for 3 additional members to help discuss, plan, and execute EIA projects.

Symposium: A biannual event showcasing 1-2 nationally recognized ceramic artists. This is a two-day event that includes presentations, techniques, processes, and conversations. The workshop includes a keynote speaker, as well as a dinner to kick off the weekend. This committee is looking for 6 members to help discuss, plan, invite artists, and manage the event, including the day-of activities.

Programs: This committee is responsible for planning all workshops and events for ClayHouston members. The Programs Chair is looking for 2 members to help coordinate and execute events.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these committees, please fill out the form here.

Thank you each for the ways you contribute to our organization. I’m so glad you’re here!

Abbie Edmonson


Member News

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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

Emily Rensink at LightSpaceTime Gallery

Emily Rensink was juried into LightSpaceTime Gallery’s 12th Annual “Figurative” Online Art Competition.  The show will be up for the month of May 2022, then will be archived on their website.

Emily Rensink at Monserrat College of Art

Emily Rensink was accepted into Monserrat College of Art’s Inspired Views exhibition, showcasing the work of art educators across the nation. The exhibition will be held in their campus gallery in Beverly, MA June 1 - July 2, 2022.

A. M. Schaer at Visual Art Alliance

Alison de Lima Greene selected "Bear I" by A. M. Schaer for inclusion in the Visual Art Alliance's 38th Juried Open Exhibition at Sabine Street Studios 1907 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007. Exhibition runs from May 18-June 7th. Reception is May 18 from 6 pm - 9 pm. Artist Talks are on Saturday June 11 from 2 pm - 4 pm.

A. M. Schaer has only recently returned to 3-d work after a hiatus of more than 35 years. You can see more of her sculpture as well her acrylic paintings and digital work at or at

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink at San Angelo Museum

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink announce their acceptance into the 24th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love Street, San Angelo, TX 76903. Opening on April 8th at 1:30pm in conjunction with the Ceramic Symposium. Exhibit runs from April 8th to June 26th.


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      POTCLUB | Sprigs and Stamps: Creating Dimensional Texture :

      Handbuilding and Tool Making Workshop with Naomi Peterson

      June 5th & 11-12th | 12-4pmWhy buy fancy tools when you can make them?  

      Students will be guided in creating their own stamps and sprig molds using a variety of methods including carving and texture transfers using silicone and clay. This technique can be used to create interesting shapes and patterns efficiently; rather than measuring out and sculpting each piece of clay to then attach to a form, these tools will make adding textured surfaces to ceramic pieces much faster (and more fun!). Students will be instructed on making simple hand-built forms using tar paper templates that they will then use their stamps and sprig molds on. This class will involve discussions on problem solving and personal tool making, so students will walk away with information that will enhance their own unique process.

      This is a 3 day workshop over 2 weekends (12 hours total) . All essential materials and tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring your own objects for texture or templates/stencils for guides. 

      - Previous experience with ceramics is desirable, all skill levels are welcome!

      - Class will have a maximum of 6 people to ensure personalized attention.

      - Cost is $350 per person with all materials, tools & firing included, just bring yourself!

      Please email to reserve your spot today!


      The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art in partnership with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is thrilled to present the first annual Craft & Folk Art Expo on September 22-25, 2022 at the Orange Show World Headquarters in Houston, TX. We are opening this expo to artists, crafters, dealers, and retail stores throughout the United States and beyond to showcase their original works. To find out more and/or apply to enter

      Molding, Hollowing, Glazing the Archaic with Jeff Forster

      Join Jeff Forster as he demonstrates how he uses cast-off materials as press molds to create objects with an implied sense of decay. Additionally, Jeff will share how he builds hollow forms to create an illusion of mass. Unconventional Glaze application will also be shared as it reinforces the aesthetic of the archaic.

      Jeff Forster is the Head of the Ceramics Department at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His work is currently on view in the exhibition "Nothing Goes to Waste" at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

      Date/time: Saturday, June 11 from 12  to 4 pm. Location: Center for Centering, 5005 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020. Cost is $75

      Space is limited, so sign up today. Register Here


      Not-particularly-functional ceramics with Emily Sloan

      On Sundays, June 12 - July 10, from 1-4 pm at the Center for Centering, Emily Sloan will lead a 6 week not-particularly-functional ceramics course where the idea/concept of sculptures that store, transport, or hold will be explored. This may be literal or not, practical or not, visible or not. The course will include learning about the work of various artists, a reading (or two), and hand building demonstrations. Potter's wheels are available as a tool and will be demonstrated if the group desires such. Cost is $340.

      For more info and to register  Not-particularly-functional ceramics

      Next Level Ceramics with Nicolle LaMere

      In this 7 weeks class (July 17-August 28) with Nicolle LaMere, students will be encouraged to expand their current abilities in ceramics. The instructor will meet with each student to discuss personal goals. Demonstrations utilizing the wheel will include advanced forms such as bottles, lidded jars, and teapots. Demonstrations for hand building techniques will include large-scale construction and template formulation for advanced slab construction. This course will run on Sundays from 1-4 pm, July 17 - August 28 at Center for Centering, 5005 Lyons Ave, Houston. Cost is $385.

      For more info and to register:  Next Level Ceramics (7 weeks/Summer 2)

      The Fire Gallery

      LeRoy Grubbs announces the live demonstration of pottery throwing and sculpture (real clay) at the Fire Gallery, 2102 Edwards St #1, Houston TX 77007 on June 11th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  Snacks and refreshments, BYOB.    Call or go online for more information: 816-489-2478. Fire Gallery

      Also on June 11, from 10 to 5:00, see the latest exhibition from the Geil Kiln - fired with reduction to cone 10.



      Opening for Experienced Ceramics Instructor

      Evelyn Rubenstein JCC now hiring an experienced ceramics instructor to teach and lead a variety of ceramic offerings to adults. Instruct both wheel throwing and hand-building ceramic classes and/or workshops. For more information - download




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