MARCH 2023 NEWSLETTER
I hope that you were able to attend both the private gallery tour of “Metamorphic Amalgamations” with Jeff Forster and our Clay Creative with Rebekah Sweda in February. Rebekah just concluded her residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and we are so excited to follow her in her future endeavors. Thank you, Rebekah and Jeff!
Spring is almost upon us and we’re looking forward to some fun events! Join us in March for a Pinch & Bitch - for those of you who are new to ClayHouston, this is a casual event where you pinch pots and chat about creativity, technique, life in the studio, and more. Details and registration info will be shared soon.On April 1st, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will hold its Craft Community Day. This is a free event featuring local artist guilds and community groups. It’s open to visitors of all ages and will include craft demonstrations, studio visits, and HCCC’s current exhibitions. Make sure to stop by the ClayHouston table to say hi!
Mark your calendars! ClayHouston’s 5th Annual Pop Up Market will be held from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 7 at Asch Building (825 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007). This is a one-day event for ClayHouston members to sell their functional and sculptural works to the Houston community. More information regarding registration will be sent out at a later date. Keep an eye out, as space will be limited!
On Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days), the Houston Cactus and Succulent Society will hold a sales event. They are looking for two to three ClayHouston members/vendors to sell ceramic pots (with good drainage holes) on a first come, first served basis. A few important details: HCSS takes 20% of sales and payments at the event are made through one main checkout/terminal. Once all sales are tallied and processed, HCSS will pay the vendor via check. Please contact HCSS’s President, Andrea Varesic, if you are interested in selling your plant-friendly wares.
Finally, the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Houston will be held Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and they are putting out an Artist Call for Bowls! This event is loved by many and I know that ClayHouston members look forward to donating AND attending to help benefit the Houston Food Bank. Please scroll down for more information on how to donate bowls and contact Samantha Oldham should you have any questions.
As always, the ClayHouston board and I are thankful for your support! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Empty Bowls Houston- May 20, 2023
Artist Call for Bowls! The 17th Annual Empty Bowls Houston will be held Saturday, May 20, 10 am – 3 pm at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Each year, more than 1,000 unique bowls are created and donated to help raise funds for the Houston Food Bank’s mission to provide food for better lives in Houston and the surrounding counties. For a $25 donation, attendees may choose a bowl and receive a simple soup lunch, enjoy entertainment in the HCCC garden, visit with artist demonstrators and feel good about helping to fill the empty bowls and tummies in Houston.
Bowl donations may be dropped off at the below locations:
· May 8th - May 19th at the Ceramic Store
· May 8th - May 19th at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
**Please double check with these locations on their hours of operation.
If you would like to participate in this year's event by donating bowls, please let us know so that we may help keep you informed.
More information about the event can be found on our website.
Contact Samantha Oldham (Sam.L.Oldham@gmail.com) for assistance with your questions.
Kathleen Hamlet Open for Classes
Kathleen Hamlet is pleased to announce that she is opening her studio to private clay and clay related lessons on a variety of topics. Topics include handbuilding, slip casting, mold making, and basic studio practices, including the use of power tools.
Kathleen has been a clay person since 1988 and her specialty is Nerikomi (colored Porcelain laminated together to form patterns).
If there is more interest, a bigger studio space is also an option.
Address: 501 1/2 Canadian St. 77009- Lindale Park just east of the Heights 512-567-5518
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Call, text or email for any and all questions.
OPENING SPRING 2022: HTX Clay is a membership-based studio offering open studios during all business hours, learning opportunities for all experience levels, workshops, private and group experiences, and more. Local clay artists Abbie Preston Edmonson and Jessica Gutierrez wanted to create a modern, beautiful, and inspiring ceramic studio where Houstonians can learn about clay and find community.
Please follow us @htxclay, check out our website for more details, and subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates + be invited to our grand opening!
The Fire Gallery
LeRoy Grubbs announced CLAY RECYCLING at the Fire Gallery. Recycling cone 5 and cone 10 clays. Give me a call to confirm before drop off at the Fire Gallery. 2102 Edwards St #1 First Industrial Studios Houston TX. I have a Peter Pugger 50 pug mill. I’ll recycle the clay in exchange for fresh remix + $10 for 50#. Bring in the old, the dry and the muddy.
Call or go online for more information: 816-489-2478. Fire Gallery.