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Clay: Body, Mind, and Soul, A ClayHouston Biennial Regional Exhibit

  • 02 Apr 2016
  • 29 Apr 2016
  • The C. G. Jung Educational Center, Houston, Texas



ClayHouston, an organization dedicated to the craft and art of clay, is pleased to submit its call for entries for a regional ceramics group exhibition to take place in the art gallery of

The C. G. Jung Educational Center, Houston, Texas 

April 2 – April 29, 2016

Clay: Body, Mind, and Soul

A ClayHouston Biennial Regional Exhibit


While functional work in clay speaks to the needs of our body and spirit through the recognizable forms one uses in daily life - cups, bowls, teapots, plates, and ritual objects - nonfunctional clay works speak more to the cerebral side of ourselves through expressions of important ideas, feelings or designs. If done well, both can transcend function and nonfunction and speak to the viewer on a higher plane – can in fact, speak to the needs of our soul.

It is in this spirit that ClayHouston invites clay artists from the greater Southwest to participate in an exhibition celebrating “Clay: Body, Mind and Soul” with the best ceramics that the artists of the region have to offer.


Garth Johnson

Studio artist, writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century. His weblog, Extreme Craft, is a “Compendium of Art Masquerading as Craft, Craft Masquerading as Art, and Craft Extending its Middle Finger.” His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published by Quarry in November 2009. He has also contributed to the books Handmade NationCraftivityCraft Corps and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new book Nation Building. Johnson recently completed a term as a Director-at-Large on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He is leading a task force for a publication that will anthologize contributions to the NCECA Journal for their 50th Anniversary in 2016. For more information visit:

Guidelines and Specifications

·         Artists submitting must be residents of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas.

·         Artists may enter ONE to THREE works of which the primary medium is clay. Works may be functional or sculptural, figurative or vessel, one-of-a-kind or production.

·         Pedestal work must be no larger than 3’Hx2’Wx2D’ and be ready for exhibition. Floor installations must be stable and no larger than 4’Hx2’Wx2’D. No wall hung work will be accepted.

·         Work must have been completed within the last two years.

·         Works will be juried from digital images. These should be good quality, professional images, at least 300 dpi, sized so the largest dimension is 6 inches (1800 pixels), stored as JPEG files. You may submit one full image and one detail or alternate view per work.  

·         Name image files with the title of the work, period, entry number, letter “a” if additional view, followed by the .jpg file extension. Examples: Sunset.1.jpg, Sunset.1a.jpg. As selection is by blind jury do not include your name in the file name. Files labeled as such will be disqualified.

·         Each entry must have a title, materials and techniques description,  dimensions, a retail price or NFS specified, as well as a brief statement/explanation (100 words or less) addressing how the submitted artworks relate to the exhibit's theme Clay: Body, Mind, and Soul.

·         Awards will be given for one Best of Show ($1,000) and two Special Merit Awards ($750 each).

·         PLEASE check to make sure all files are complete and will open in their respective software. Please adhere to all format/file type requirements. Files that cannot be opened will not be reviewed by the juror.

Acceptances, Display, Delivery, Insurance, Pick-Up

·         Artists accepted will be notified by February 20, 2016. Accepted artists must furnish short bios and artist statements by March 15, 2016; these will be used for publicity purposes and will be made available for visitors during the exhibition.

·         Accepted artists will be required to complete and sign a condition report and loan agreement, which includes specifying an insurance value (1/2 of the retail price) for each work in the exhibition at the time of delivery. ClayHouston will take great care in handling delivered works and will insure all works during the exhibition. Artists are responsible for insuring their works during transit to and from the Jung Center.

·         Artists must arrange for delivery of accepted work during the week of March 19 - 26, 2016. The work should be clean, boxed (please place peanuts in plastic bags), protected, and ready for display. If there are particular display requirements, such as an arrangement of several elements, please provide specific installation instructions and/or sketches or images. 

·         Please ship the artwork to Anne Steacy, 4224 Riley St., Houston, TX 77005. Artwork may be dropped off BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT. If you plan to drop off artwork, you must have made arrangements with Elizabeth DeLyria (281-788-4473) prior to March 26th or your work will not be included in the show.

·         The sale of the work is handled by ClayHouston on behalf of the artist with 20% going the Jung Center.  It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that any applicable sales taxes are paid to the appropriate taxing authority.   

·         ClayHouston and the Jung Center reserve the right to disqualify accepted work if it differs significantly from the images submitted or is found to be objectionable in any way.

·         Pick-up of work will occur between April 30 and May 6.  Please email to make arrangements if picking up in person. If you cannot pick up your work, please include a pre-paid return shipping label inside the shipping container with your entry.  If a pre-paid return label is not included, or if the work is not picked up in person, work will remain in the possession of ClayHouston to do as they see best.


Official Call for Entries: December 15, 2015                    

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2016                    

Notification of Acceptances/Rejections: February 20, 2016

Submit Loan Agreement, Bios/Statements: March 15, 2016                      

Deliver Accepted Work:  March 19 - 26, 2016           

Exhibition: April 2 – April 29, 2016

Opening Reception: April 2, 2016, 5 – 7 pm      

Artists Pick Up Work: April 30 – May 6, 2016



Submit the completed application form and the entry fee of $35 on



ClayHouston, is a dynamic organization of diverse ceramic artists: potters, sculptors, educators, students and people who simply love working with clay. Founded in 2004, ClayHouston members work to cultivate interest in the ceramic arts in the Houston metropolitan area and the Southeast Texas region. The organization plays an active role in the Houston community by creating exhibits, symposia, festivals, sales and educational experiences that showcase ceramic arts and ceramic artists.

The C. G. Jung Educational Center

Founded in 1958, The C. G. Jung Educational Center of Houston, Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to continuing education for the human spirit through psychology, spirituality, and the arts and humanities. Their educational and outreach programs enrich lives and enlighten the spirit. Their classes promote a journey of personal growth and a deepening commitment to the community we share.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth DeLyria at 281-788-4473 or




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Houston, TX 77266

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