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       ClayHouston Newsletter     

September 2015


Greetings ClayHouston!!

We complete the Summer Series with a presentation by Cary Reeder on writing show proposals and grants. A painter, Cary has presented several workshops on this topic as well as being a recipient of a Houston Art Alliance Grant and a show at Lawndale. This presentation is open to members and their guests, for more information see below.                        

2016 is five months away but plans are already underway. Due to the success of Enriching Tradition: Making History Current with Randy Johnston and Tim Rowan, the Glassell School of Art MFAH has asked ClayHouston to participate in another joint collaboration. Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics at ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will speak as part of the annual Booker Lowe Lecture series in addition to demonstrations by two ceramic artists with the focus on mid-range electric firing. The dates are April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016.  We hope to have a ClayHouston member show as part of the event.

In November 2016, thanks to the efforts of Exhibition Chair Libby DeLyria, ClayHouston will host its first bi-annual Southwestern Regional National Juried exhibition at the Jung Center. It is a huge undertaking; one we feel will help to establish the credibility of the Houston ceramic community and its artists on a national level. If you would like to assist please contact Libby

We were very sorry to learn that 18 Hands Gallery will close in 2016. Betsy, Karen and Katy have been an incredible force in the community. As of now they will host the ClayHouston member show in November 2015.

Thank you to Natasha Hovey for the informative presentation at the July meeting. She is an amazing wealth of information.

All the best,

CH Board



Next Meeting  

Saturday, August 15 at 11am

 at the

Looscan Neighborhood Library,2510 Willowick,Houston, Texas 77027 (map)


Cary Reeder presents Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Proposal: Exhibition and Grant Proposal Writing for Scaredy Cats

Writing proposals for art exhibitions and grants can seem like a daunting process. In this talk, Cary Reeder will cover the basic elements of exhibition and grant proposals including developing an exhibition or project idea, writing a bio, CV, and artist statement, as well as developing a budget, all with the goal of taking the fear out of the proposal writing process.


Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has made Houston, Texas her home since 1998. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter in the early 80s and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston from 2006-2013. In between her stint as a graphic artist and returning to art school, she had a 20+ year career as a grant writer and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been included in numerous local, regional, and national juried exhibitions. In 2013 she had a solo show at Lawndale Art Center and a two-person exhibition at the University of Houston-Downtown, and received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. She was featured in New American Paintings in 2014 and teaches at the Art League Houston and the Glassell School of Art.


ClayHouston September meeting  Vivian Pastor, Program Chair is working with Michael A. Unger, Professor Art & Design at San Jacinto College about hosting a salt fire workshop. More information to come!


Clay Happenings….

McClain Gallery - Donna Green: Ceramics, Jul 18 - Aug 29, 2015

UHCL Art Gallery - Blooming Dreams and Fading Memories: Recent Ceramic Sculptures by Bernadette Esperanza Torres Exhibition on view August 14 – October 22, 2015, Opening Reception: Thursday, Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m.

18 Hands Gallery – Aug 1st White Linen Night

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft and Ceramic in the Environment, June 4, 2015 — August 29, 2015

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked throughout Harris County, TX for two years or more. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia Awardees are selected through a two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading curators and artists. A preliminary panel will evaluate all online submissions and select 10 finalists in late October. A second panel of curators will visit Houston in November to conduct studio visits with each finalist and select Awardees to receive unrestricted Artadia Awards between $5,000 and $20,000. The 2015 Houston Awardees will be announced in late November.

*The Houston Artadia Awards are:*
- Open to anyone living in Harris County
- Free of application fees and project outline requirements
- Merit-based
- Unrestricted

*Apply If You: *
- Have lived in Harris County for 2 years or more
- Are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program
- Would like to have your work seen by a panel of prominent curators


*Online Application: *


Members Congrats!!  

 Vivian Pastor announces The Summer Series at The Silos on Sawyer, 1502 Sawyer Houston, TX 77007, July 31,6-9. Her work is on view in suite 317 in the silos and also on Facebook at Vivian Pastor Pottery.                         


Brianna Deterling and Mary Aldrich will be in the CAMEO - Eighth Emerging Artist Show at Lee College, Baytown, Texas. The show runs until August 7th and features professors’/instructors’ work and the work of their students.

Brianna Deterling will be in the AMoA Biennial 600: SCULPTURE exhibition at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas, juried by Leigh Arnold, Assistant Curator, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas.  The show runs August 14th-October 9th, 2015.   Jeff Forster announces a closing reception from 10am-Noon on August 15th for his exhibition "A Decade of Decomposition and New Growth" at Mother Dog Studios.  An artist talk will be held at 10:30am.  Please contact Jeff for more information.

 Vivian Pastor announces her second Saturday August the 8th at her gallery space at the Silos on Sawyer. 1502 Sawyer Houston TX, on August 8th 2015 from 2-5. Gallery Space 317. 



Calls for Entry 

BEST OF TEXAS CLAY Due July 31, 2015

 ClayHouston Member Show at 18 Hands November 7, 2015. More information to come.                                  




Artist In Residence 

Artist In Residence at Midwestern State University Ceramics Department

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2015 through August 15, 2016 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal) 

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Priority is given to applications received by Saturday, August 1, 2015.

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, please go to: Interested contact Steve Hilton, Associate Professor


Lone Star College CyFair needs instructors to cover several sections of Art Appreciation for the fall semester.  The campus is located at Barker Cypress Rd. and West Rd., a couple of miles off Highway 290.   Faculty start work on Aug 17 and Classes begin August 24, but we need a couple of weeks to process employee paperwork, so don't delay.   Please contact our department chair, Laura Fisher for information.



A big thank you to Beck's Prime in the Heights as they have agreed to host ClayTalks for the rest of the summer!  ClayTalks will meet on the second Monday night of August (10th) at Beck's Prime from 7PM-9PM.  Feel free to come and go as you need for your schedule.  All levels of clay experience are welcome!  There is no obligation to bring work in order to participate in the events of the evening. 

If you have questions regarding bringing photos or a device, please email Lisa Kelley at

More news....
                                            Archaeology and Art: Tsuchigama Project                        

A one-day symposium on the ancient art of the Japanese dirt kiln

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9am – 5pm

free and open to the public

Tsuchigama or “dirt kiln” is recognized by scholars as Japan’s earliest high-fire kiln type. It fell out of use over 700 years ago when the Anagama kiln became popular and has not been in ceramic practice since. Japanese sculptor Tadashi Hirakawa and a team of

archaeologists have uncovered and excavated sites of ancient tsuchigamas and have been collaborating for several years to recreate the ancient kiln type. The team has successfully made and used two tsuchigamas in Bizen, Japan and is working hard to revive the techniques and styles associated with the tsuchigama, such as Bizen-ware, as a contemporary art practice.                         

This summer, Tadashi Hirakawa travelled to the US and teamed up Chris Powell (TCU Associate Professor of Art) to create a tsuchigama in Sevier County, Arkansas. With the help of two students from Japan, Yukiko Akai and Tomoko Sakamoto, and a TCU ceramic student, Sydney Williams, the tsuchigama was built in thehillsides of Southwest Arkansas where natural resources were pulled from the land. Photographs documenting the building and firing of the kiln can be found on the Tsuchigama Project Facebook page.


To celebrate this collaborative project and to draw attention to this ancient ceramic practice, a one-day symposium is being held to discuss old and new style Bizen-ware and the longer term potential of reviving the tsuchigama. Alongside the symposium, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts will also host an exhibition of old style Bizen-ware and new works made in the Arkansas kiln by Yukiko Akai, Tadahsi Hirakawa, Chris Powell, Tomoko Sakamoto and Sydney Williams.






On August 13th, an exhibition of works fired in the Arkansas tsuchigama will be held at Gallery 76102 in Fort Worth, TX. The exhibition, TSUCHIGAMA/EARTHEN KILN will remain on view through September 30.

  Symposium presentation schedule, August 8th (subject to change)

 9:00am           Introductions and breakfast welcome for speakers and audience, with refreshments

10:00am        Masakage Murano, An Introduction to Ancient Potteries in the New World and its interpretation in Contemporary Art

10:45am    Akira Ito, History of Bizen-ware

11:30am    Kei Ishii, Changes in the structure of the Kiln of Bizen

12:15pm    break for lunch

2:15pm     Henry Moy, Contemporary Native American Ceramics

2:45pm     Chris Powell, Tsuchigama, why here, why now?

3:15pm     Tadashi Hirakawa, The Mystery and Possibilities of the Tsuchigama

4:00pm      refreshment break

4:15pm     Atsushi Nakai and Yukiko Akai, to lead a discussion between presenters with audience participation encouraged.

5:00pm     Celebratory finish to the day with a Taiko Drum performance by

 the Fort Worth Japanese Society 


Presenters and featured participants: Yukiko Akai, Tsuchigama Project Committee

Tadashi Hirakawa, Chair of Bizenware Board and Tsuchigama Project Committee

Hiroko Kubo, TCU MFA Graduate and Tsuchigama Project Committee

Kei Ishii, Bizen City Board of Education Lifelong Learning Division

Akira Ito, Medium-Early Modern Bizen Research Chairman and Bizen History Forum Executive Committee

Masakage Murano, Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of KyotoHenry Moy, (BA, MAT) The Quintus H. Herron Director

Atushi Nakai, Professor at Graduate School of Regional Resourse Management, University of Hyogo

Chris Powell, TCU Associate Professor of Art

Sydney Williams, TCU BFA Studio Art - Ceramics




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