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Dear ClayHouston members,

I hope this letter finds you doing well, finding time to create, and taking care of yourself.

 We’re starting this month off by bringing back the Clay Creative! Join us on Saturday, May 14, from 1-3 PM as Naomi Peterson will lead us through Creating Dimensional Texture. Naomi will speak about her work and guide us through creating sprig molds. She’ll then demonstrate how she uses them to decorate her pieces. Lastly, Naomi will show us how she makes her tools for specific tasks while working in her studio. We hope you can join us at 902 Hardy Street, 77020. You can sign up on our website here

Last month, our board gathered for a two-hour planning session to dream and plan. I can’t express how brilliant this group of humans are and the unique offerings they continuously volunteer on behalf of our organization. They are doing the complex and vital work of planning, dreaming, and making plans to come to fruition for ClayHouston. I’m so grateful to be working alongside this board, who are daily working to create opportunities for our members, fund-raise for our future, and meticulously manage all the behind-the-scenes details to thrive as an organization. We have some exciting programs and events in the works for you all, and I can’t wait to share more soon!

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art presents its first annual Craft & Folk Art Expo on September 22-25, 2022, at the Orange Show World Headquarters in Houston, TX. How exciting for our city! If you’re interested in applying as an artist, dealer, or retail store, you can apply here.

Be sure to stop by the Plant Market Sunday on May 8, from 11-3 at the Holman Draft Hall (820 Holman Street). ClayHouston will be hanging out and sharing about our membership and selling some of our member’s work. This market will be full of some wonderful local makers selling their work + a raffle tent with prizes. Bring your mom and come say hello! We’d love to see you there!

Stay tuned for another Happy Hour + Meet and Greet at the end of this month. We had so much fun being together last time that we’ll be hosting these regularly. Keep a lookout in your inbox to sign up.

Lastly, this month’s recommendation is someone I’ve been following on Instagram for a few years Missy Graff Ballone @wellnessformakers. Her content is all about sharing ways to improve mobility and giving artists movements to reduce the risk of developing a repetitive strain injury over time. Missy’s videos, courses, and research are so valuable to those us regularly working in the studio. You can also learn more about her practice here

Until next time, take care of yourselves. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Cheering you on.


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 O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

Emily Rensink was accepted into the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts (Mill Valley, CA) online exhibition “It’s OK to Laugh”.  The show runs from April 15 - May 31, 2022. The show was juried by M. Louise Stanley. There will be an artist round table on Tuesday, April 19 at 4pm (PT).

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

Cynthia Wisener at Kinder Morgan

Cynthia Wisener has a piece in "Suburban Images", presented by the Glassell Studio School in the Kinder Morgan Building Lobby located at 1001 Louisiana St Houston.  Show is open through May.

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink at San Angelo Museum

Nicolle LaMere & Emily Rensink announces her acceptance to 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.


Emily Rensink at Del Mar

Emily Rensink has been invited to exhibit in the “56th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculptures Show” at Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christie, TX 78404.  The exhibition runs February 18 - May 6, 2022 with an opening reception tentatively scheduled for February 18, 2022 from 6-8pm. (


Jeff Forster at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Jeff Forster announces his participation in the exhibition “Nothing Goes to Waste” at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, January 29th-May 7th.  Nothing Goes to Waste showcases a survey of artists who find exciting ways to reuse and repurpose materials,  scraps, and castoffs through ingenuity. Highlighting works created from discarded materials like ceramic shards, cut paper, and marble remnants, the exhibition explores how salvaged material can inspire creativity and provoke curiosity about the impact various industrial and artistic processes have on the ecology of the planet. HCCC opening reception Friday, January 28 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.

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      Empty Bowls Houston is returning! The event, number 16 (!), will be held Saturday, May 14, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 10 am - 3 pm. You may donate small quantities of bowls -- we still have bowls donated for the cancelled 2020 and 2021 events -- at the Craft Center or Ceramic Store beginning (but not before, please) beginning April 1. Archway Gallery will again host its Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition during the month of May, with the opening reception on Saturday, May 7, 5 - 8 pm

      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

      Jeff Forster at Center for Centering

      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 11 am to 3 pm. Price: $75 Location: Center for Centering, 5005 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020

      Space is limited, so sign up today. Register Here


      The Fire Gallery

      The Fire Gallery announces its summer clearance sale.   Make offer - Best price deal.   Clearing out the displays.   May 6th and 7th at the Fire Gallery.   Special summer special on classes and memberships.   We still have room for you.   Filling up fast.   Call or go online for more information: 816-489-2478. Fire Gallery.  LeRoy Grubbs


      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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