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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.


Marie-Hélène Nguyen


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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

Naomi Peterson in Materials Hard and Soft

Naomi Peterson's piece "Flowerpot" was selected for the 36th annual Materials Hard and Soft exhibition and will be on view from February 3 - May 6, 2023. 

Address: 400 E. Hickory St. Denton, TX 76201,940-382-2787, Online exhibition:

Linnis Blanton at Foltz Fine Arts

Linnis Blanton announces the opening of his ceramics exhibition Spirited Vessels along with painters Leila McConnel and Ottis Huband. The opening reception is March 4th from 6-8 pm, at the Foltz Fine Arts, 2143 Westheimar, Houston Tx. 77098. The exhibition will run from March 4th through April 29. (713) 521-7500

Vera Hashem at Ardest Gallery

Vera Hashem’s piece “Reef Rhapsody” was selected to show at Ardest Gallery’s March “Salt Life exhibit” in Magnolia, TX. The exhibition will be on view from March 11th through March 31st, 2023, with an opening reception on March 11th from 5-8pm. (Ardest Gallery, 903 Honea Egypt Magnolia, Texas)

Naomi Peterson at The Clay Studio

Naomi Peterson was selected to participate in Small Favors, a juried exhibition in Philadelphia, PA at The Clay Studio. The show opens with a preview reception Friday, April 28th, 5-8pm and will run until July 2, 2023.

1425 N American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


Naomi Peterson in Above Board Ceramics

Naomi Peterson was selected to participate in the 3rd Annual Above Board Ceramics online exhibition that opens March 12-18.

Updates prior to the exhibition:,

Naomi Peterson at Love Texas Art

Naomi Peterson's  “Mud Pies” were selected to show at Love Texas Art's exhibition Out Of The Fire, a group exhibition celebrating the diversity of approaches to the materiality of ceramics by women artists based in Texas.

The show runs February 4 - March 19, 2023. Gallery is located at 501 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Naomi Peterson at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Naomi Peterson was selected to participate in Emergence at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens during NCECA. The group exhibition opens March 13-August 31.

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH, 513-281-4700,, Mon-Sun 10am–5pm, Parking: $10, Admission: $15.50 - $24.00


Emily Rensink at Del Mar College

Emily Rensink’s piece “My $#^! Don’t Stink” was selected to show at Del Mar College’s 57th Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show in Corpus Christie, TX. The exhibition will be on view from February 16th through May 3, 2023, with an opening reception on February 17 from 6-8pm.


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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 ( 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
Instagram  HamletKathleen55,
Call, text or email for any and all questions.



Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques with Randy Brodnax & Don Ellis at Third Coast Clay 
March 3rd, 4th, & 5th 9am – 5pm each day, Cost: $650 

This workshop offers layer after layer of knowledge, analysis, and a whole lot o’ fun. This workshop is for all skills levels, don’t be intimidated if you are a beginner. There will be something new for everyone. Different throwing techniques will be demonstrated between firings.

We will have 2 raku kilns and a Downdraft low-temp wood/sawdust kiln to play around with. Methods will include stannous chloride fuming, glass fusion, saggar, horsehair, interfere mica, naked raku, copper matte, and a critical evaluation of traditional raku firing processes with an unlimited atmosphere of experimentation and results.

Max 25-30 people. Please bring 8 grogged bisque pieces (like raku or Soldate-60 clay) or some will be available for purchase at time of event.

Lunch will be provided each day, and if we’re lucky Randy will cook one of his Louisiana specialties Sunday!

7 Week Session 2 enrollment is open at Third Coast Clay

Ceramic lessons for 7 consecutive weeks, same day and time each week and an additional 8 hours open studio time throughout the session.

All classes are structured for mixed levels of experience. Whether you are curious about ceramics, experienced or haven't touched clay in a long time, our instructors are here to help you reach your potential. Morning and evening classes are available:.

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri 11-1:30 & 6-8:30 & Tues 2-4:30, Cost: $350

Touch N Go Mini's Ceramic Wheel Lessons at Third Coast Clay
Sunday’s: 2/19; 3/12; 3/26 from 1pm - 3pm and 4pm - 6pm,  Cost: $80

Perfect for a ceramic wheel experience. You'll be able to create as many pieces as you like; but may only choose two (2) pieces to take home after the firing process is complete. Includes all clay, tools, glazes, firings, and instruction from ceramists. Your pieces will be ready about 2-3 weeks after class.

Final Season Raku Firing Workshops at Third Coast Clay

limit 8 students per session.

Saturday, Feb. 18th from 10am – 2pm (Studio Members Only/Cost: $0)

Saturday, Mar. 18th from 10am - 2pm (Final Raku Workshop until fall/Cost: $100)

Please bring two bisque pots (clay with grog is best) approximately 11" tall x 6"wide or smaller. No plates, platters, or flat slabs. If you don't have a pot, we will have some for sale $20 a pot. All glazes and tools will be provided. Refreshments: Pot luck style/BYOS (Bring your own snack) 

Child and I Hand Building Workshop at Third Coast Clay
Sat. Mar. 25th from 1-3, Cost$80 per Adult & 1 child, $30 for each additional child

Hand building ceramic workshop for an adult with a child under 18 years old. (If you have more than one child please contact us to book the additional children.) email: text: 832-907-2560

You'll be able to create as many pieces as you like; but may only choose two (2) pieces each to take home after the firing process is complete.

Studio Memberships

Studio membership applications are being accepted at Third Coast Clay, 8519 N. Main St, Houston, TX 77022, visit for more information. 

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



Job Openings

Monart School of Art Pearland is looking for a ceramics teacher who would enjoy working with kids, ages 5-16. Candidate would work Monday - Friday. This post offers 35-40 hours a week.

They should have a Bachelors' in ceramics. Should have skills in hand building as well as wheel throwing. Should have knowledge of glazes.

Address: 12310 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584.

If you feel that you are the right fit, please  email me at Do include your resume and some pictures of your ceramic wares.

Four Circle Studio Seeking Wheel Throwing Instructor 

Four Circle Studio is in search of a wheel throwing instructor to teach private lessons for 1-2 students at a time in a small, sun-filled, intimate studio setting. 

We are looking for someone who has experience teaching wheel throwing to beginners, loves meeting new people, and is available to teach classes 3-4 days a week, including evenings and  at least one day on weekends. Instructors will also have access to use the studio space when no classes are in session. 

If interested, send us an email at Please include any relevant experience and photos of your work if you would like to share!

If you would like to see the studio and learn more about our operation, visit our website or find us on instagram.


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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