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Next Meeting:  Next Meeting Saturday, September 24, Does ClayHouston have a future?


September 2016 Newsletter

I hope you have taken the opportunity to complete the survey about member program preferences and willingness to volunteer. The future of ClayHouston is up to each and every one of you. Do not assume that someone else will volunteer in your place. The ClayHouston board has done an outstanding job this year. Now it is time to strengthen committees and move some other members into leadership positions.

I have been a member of ClayHouston almost since its inception in 2004 and served on the board in various capacities for 8-9 years… I have lost count. ClayHouston has been instrumental in my ceramic career. I have met mentors who have become good friends. I began with taking baby steps with CH member-only shows, learning the ins and out of the show application process while making connections and friendships in the Houston art community and beyond. Just so many opportunities. Please don’t let CH lose its energy.

Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation, shouldn’t we have a clay organization that reflects our status? Make relationships. Get involved; you cannot expect a few to run this organization. Have something to say? Complete the survey by September 10th, come to the September 24th meeting to voice your opinion. If you can’t attend please complete the survey here and/or email your comments to me at by September 10th.

It is your organization, be involved.


Michelle Matthews




September Program


 The September 24th, general meeting will be held at TEA+ART at 613 1/2 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, the home of the ClayHouston Member Show opening November 4, 2016. Join us beginning at 10:00am to meet your fellow ClayHouston members. The meeting topic is the future of ClayHouston and will begin at 10:30am. Your attendance is important.

 TEA+ART will offer a select of tea and sweets for purchase.

October and November Programs

Looking for inspiration and knowledge?

Register now for CH workshops in Oct. and Nov.

Oct - Clay Leonard Workshop - Working with Molds 

Clay Leonard, Ceramic Assistant Professor, University of Houston Clear Lake, will teach a Ceramics with Molds workshop at UH Clear Lake on Saturday, October 1, 8:30 -4:00. Clay's work has been in both national and international shows as well as featured in Ceramics Monthly.


Morning - Clay will demo his work and how he uses bisque molds and other molds, to design and create utilitarian objects with an emphasis on slab construction using porcelain. He will discuss the benefits of bisque molds vs. plaster molds and highlight various design approaches to vessels, including utilizing paper templates. Afternoon - You will have a chance to explore and experiment with various molds that have been made for the workshop and are in the studio. Question and answer session and brief critique. 

Nov- Susan Shield-Polk workshop - High-Fire Charcoal firing

For those of us who are looking for something different and are curious about alternative firings, our November workshop will be the chance to experience a high fire, charcoal firing. Susan Shield-Polk of Lone Star College will share her knowledge of the process on Saturday, November 12th at Lone Star College. Each participant will be able to bring a bisqued piece to be included in the firing.

For registration please go Programs on the ClayHouston website.

Each workshop is $35 and limited to 15 people.  A additional supply fee of $10 is required to purchase a 25 lb bag of cone 6 porcelain for the Clay Leonard workshop. The discounted clay is provided by The Ceramic Store.

Member News 

Big Day in Clay - September 10th openings

September 10th Openings, three separate openings for Michelle MatthewsTracye Wear and Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, all are close to each other.

You are invited to an art exhibition titled White Clay/ Black Magic: burnished ceramics by Helena Gijsbers van Wijk. The show will take place at The Jung Center Houston, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. The exhibit is on view from September 1 to 28; the OPENING RECEPTIONis on September 10th, from 5 to 7 pm. Helena will be presenting her brand new body of work - sculptural burnished ceramics. There will be refreshments at the opening; beer will be generously donated by St. Arnold's Brewery.  

 Tracye Wear presents Ceramic Vessels, Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2016 at Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt  Houston, TX 77098. Reception for the Artist is Sept 10 6-8 pm. Artist conversation with Perry Price & Sheryl Conkelton is Sept 17 2 pm.

Michelle Matthews presents EMPTY SPACES, September 10 – November 12, 2016 at Galeria Regina, 1716 Richmond Street, Houston, TX 77098. ARTIST’S RECEPTION is Saturday, September10 6-9 pm.

 Thirst with Jessica Phillips, Susan Budge, Denise Greenwood Loveless and Abbie Prestonat Capsule Gallery, 3909 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 closes September 10th.

Vivian Pastor announces the opening of The fall biennial  at The Silos on swayers 1502 Sawyer Houston TX, . Oct 1 2016 ,5-9. 

Nancy Wilson announces her participation in ARToberFEST 2016, a juried fine arts festival in Galveston, TX on October 15 & 16, 2016. For more information, pleasevisit

Thomas Perry and Jo Zider have pieces selected for inclusion in "Genocide: Man's Inhumanity to Mankind" exhibition co-sponsored by Redbud Gallery and the Holocaust Museum.

The exhibition will run from September 20 through January 1; an Artist Reception will be held Thursday, October 136 - 8 pm. (Thomas' wife, Carolyn Dahl, will also have a mixed-media artwork in the show.)

CraftTexas 2016 opens September 23 including work by members Jeff ForsterTanna BennettBrianna DeterlingClara HoagNatasha HoveyMary Fischer,Clay LeonardJennifer Quarles and Kamila Szczesna. Included are ceramic artist Merrie Wright, George Bowes and Angel Oloshove. CraftTexas 2016 is September 23, 2016 — January 8, 2017 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street, Houston.

ClayHouston Member Show

at [Tea+Art]

613 1/2 W 19th Street

Houston, TX 77008


The ClayHouston Members Show is open to all members, this is not a juried show and all work is accepted. The Gallery does have the right to pull work that it determines is not appropriate for the general public. Each member can enter up to three pieces. Click here for prospectus.


September 24, 2016     Call Opens

October 15, 2016          Application due

October 23, 2016          Work dropped off at gallery

November 4-27, 2016    Show dates at [Tea+Art]

November 4th, 6-9PM    Gallery Opening

November 27, 2016       Pick–up unsold work at the gallery



Send you images to TEA.ART Heights ( attention Lee Garcia.


ClayHouston is a Cultural Partner with HOUSTON ART FAIR AND Texas Contemporary Art Fair see below.

Houston Art Fair opens September 29 and runs through October 2, and will feature 45 international art galleries presenting modern and contemporary art and design. ClayHouston is once again a Cultural Partner. Click here to get your VIP PASS. 

The new location, Silver Street Event Space is a unique venue in the heart of the Washington Avenue Arts District. Check the ClayHouston website for access information mid-September.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair 2016

Texas Contemporary, Houston's premier modern and contemporary art fair, returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center this September 29th - October 2nd. Texas Contemporary’s highly anticipated sixth edition will solidify the fair as an international influencer within the art world, highlighting the tradition of creativity and artistic patronage that is essential to and synonymous with the city of Houston.

Joining the fair's sixty-five top local, national, and international galleries are New York City's ZIEHERSMITH and Manhattan and Buenos Aires based Henrique Faria Fine Art, both making their Texas Contemporary debut this fall. Galeria Enrique Guerrero will return to the fair along with Other Criteria, Frederieke Taylor, Joseph Gross Gallery, ACA Galleries, JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY, Walker Waugh, Galerie Nicolas Robert as well as Houston tastemakers Betty Moody Gallery, Inman Gallery, Barbara Davis Gallery, David Shelton Gallery, and Cindy Lisica Gallery.

Texas Contemporary is pleased to present the second edition of its celebrated focus section The Other Mexico. This year features five emerging spaces from four different cities - Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and Monterrey - including josegarcia, Parallel Oaxaca, Lulu, and FIFI projects. Produced in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Houston, the program highlights the city's special ties to the galleries, artists, collectors, and tastemakers of Mexico and Central America.

To learn more about Texas Contemporary please visit

VIP Passes for select patrons and membership

VIP Pass:

Your VIP link invites your select patrons to the Texas Contemporary Opening Night Preview, Thursday, September 29th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, and provides complimentary admission to all public hours.

Opening Night Preview

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Complimentary 1-Day Tickets for your General Audience

1-Day Ticket:

Your 1-Day ticket link gives your clients access to ONE of the following days.

Public Hours

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 11:00am to 7:00pm

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 11:00am to 7:00pm

Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Location & Fair Hours

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX 77010

Opening Night Preview

Thursday, September 29 | 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Select Patron Pass: 5:30PM entry

Patron Pass: 6:00PM entry

Complimentary VIP Pass & Multi-Day Pass: 8:00PM entry

Public Fair Hours

Friday, September 30 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Saturday, October 1 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Sunday, October 2 | 12:00PM - 6:00PM

For more information about Texas Contemporary and Art Market Productions, please visit


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Houston, TX 77266

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