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April 2018 Newsletter


Spring is here with all the beautiful flowering trees and not so beautiful green film. I wish you the best in combatting the allergy season. 

NCECA was a great success. Can you imagine over 5,000 people that play in the mud in one place? Demos, lectures, exhibits and lots to buy. I am sure all the new toys will improve my practice greatly. ClayHouston was well represented with many members in attendance. Mark your calendar; next year is Minneapolis, March 27 - 30, 2019. 

Now for what’s happening on the local scene. 

ClayTalks, our second Monday get together, has been put on hiatus for the next few months. We are restructuring and plan to have it back in the fall. We need your input. If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please let me know. A special thanks to Vivian Pastor for hosting over the past years. 

Sierra Estes, our Membership Chair, is working on a members only pop up sale. Keep an eye out for a Doodle Poll to get your input. 

Betsy Evans, our Fundraising Chair, with the help of Nell Gottlieb, is busily working on a grant application to help us with the development of our 2nd Annual Studio Crawl in December. 

Special thanks to Dody Carter for the Tai Chi lesson and to Denise Greenwood Loveless, Karen Fiscus and Sierra Estes for volunteering at Craft Day. 

Symposium update: Bridget Bray, the Nancy C. Allen Curator & Director of Exhibitions at the Asia Society Texas Center, will be our Keynote Speaker; and Anna Walker, the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), will be our Panel Moderator. And of course our demonstrating artists will be Jennifer Lind Datchuk and Adam Fields 

Remember to check out the new items on the web site, “Area Art Shows” and the “Swap Shop”. Both are set up for you, our members, to advertise upcoming events and sell any excess equipment. 

Happy Easter!

Anne Steacy

P.S. If you’d like to be more involved, please contact me at info@clayhouston.org

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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 a up-to-date profile page with at least 6-10 images of your work currently on display.

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Clay Houston is excited to announce that a Members Only sale is in the works for this summer, but we need your help. We will be sending out an email to all CH members containing a Doodle poll that will have a handful of questions for you to vote on. Please take a few moments to answer the questions so that we can create the best sale experience for our members. If you are not yet a member, this is a great time to join and start reaping the benefits of Clay Houston Membership!

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is looking for volunteers! 

Volunteering with HCCC can be a great way to learn more about contemporary craft, give back to the Houston community, and even build your skills and resume toward a future career in the arts. We are always looking for new faces to join our wonderful team of volunteers. Learn more about opportunities  here.

An ideal volunteer will have a passionate interest in craft, be reliable and punctual, and be able to commit to 10-20 volunteer hours per year. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer, please  click here. For more information, please contact Education & Programs Manager, Tarina Frank at tfrank@crafthouston.org.


It's that time of year again when the Empty Bowls Committee starts gearing up for another great event, and it all starts with you.  We are asking for bowl donations of course! Last year we had over 1500 bowls donated in a variety of mediums -clay, wood, paper, metal and fiber and over 700 people attended the event. This year's event is being held Saturday May 19th at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, from 11-3.  

Bowl donations may be dropped of at HCCC or at  the Ceramic Store from May 1st through May 17th. 

Are you interested in taking on the 100 Bowl Challenge? If so, send us an email and we'll  give you all the details. 

Thank you so much!!

Renee LeBlanc           mudgirl101@gmail.com 
Samantha Oldham    sam.l.oldham@gmail.com
Empty Bowls Houston 2018, Event Co-Chairs

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Regional Clay News

The 2018 Six Pack Show Call for Entry DEADLINE is April 9.  This year's TCAA member show will be held April 20 - 22nd at San Angelo's Coop Gallery in conjunction with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Ceramic Weekend.  

Entry is open to current TCAA members.  Memberships run January to January. Awards include 1st ($350), 2nd ($250) and 3rd ($150) place prizes as well as Honorable Mentions ($50).  Work is juried on site; images are not required for entry.

To register for the 2018 Six Pack Show:

1. Log in to texasclay.org  using your email address and password. 

2. Renew your Exhibiting Membership . Your show entry fee is included in your Exhibiting Membership renewal.

3. Read the full call for entry details and complete the online entry form by 11:59 pm on April 9 .

(Images are not required for entry.  Awards will be selected on site by our juror and announced at the opening reception.)

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