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May 2018 Newsletter


Another busy month. But first let me mention some world news. Michelle Matthews, our past president, is in Italy at La Meridiana on a residency program and reports that it is wonderful! 

And now for the local scene.

Betsy Evans, Fundraising, submitted the HAA grant application for the Festival Grant to help support our 2nd annual “Bayou City Studio Crawl”...fingers crossed.

Jessica Phillips, Exhibitions, will be sending out the call for the Members Only Show in June. Time to get to work! We are going to combine the Members Only Show reception with the Symposium reception Oct 20th. This will give all of us an opportunity to mingle with Jessica and Adam as well as our local artists.

Laura Sprague, Programs, has arranged a workshop “Formula for Growth” with Greg Reuter, sculptor and professor from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi on November 10th. Registration will open in May. His site iswww.gregreuterart.com. Check it out!

Ron Loyd, Communications, reminds us of the “Member Spotlight” requirements which are “having your member gallery populated with 6+ images & resume.” So get your gallery populated, it is a wonderful way to highlight your work.

Registration is open for the symposium “Beyond Surface: Identity Through Clay” Oct 20/21, I know it seems a long way off but seats are limited so register early.

Till next time.

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.

Mellissa Symmonds Shows Off
at UHCL Gallery

Melissa Symmonds, ceramic student of Jeff Forster at the Museum of Fine Arts' Glassell School of Art, announces her participation in the CAMEO Emerging Artist Show - 2018 at the University of Houston - Clear Lake Art Gallery, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Bayou #1613, Houston, TX 77058.  The exhibit runs from May 31st - Aug 2nd.  The opening reception is Thursday, May 31, 6-8:00 pm. 

Emily Howard Exhibits
at BOX 13 ArtSpace

Emily Howard announces the opening of her exhibition, "Not For Medical Use", at BOX 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Tx 77011, in the Back BOX Gallery on May 26, 2018, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Her exhibition runs from May 26, 2018 through July 21, 2018. To view her work, click here http://emilyhoward.squarespace.com/

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“Multiplicity - Creating with Repetition”
at Sawyer Yards

"CAMEO Emerging Artist Show" 
at University of Houston-Clear Lake Gallery

"Not For Medical Use"
at Box 13 Artspace

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Stone Bowl Farm offers one-month, two-month or three-month woodfire-focused, ceramics residencies in rural Vermont from June - December, 2018. Residencies include room, most food, some clay and all firings. Surrounded by rolling hills, lakes and rivers, Stone Bowl Farm is a perfect retreat for honing your craft, learning a new skill, and working with other artists. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2018. For more information and applications, visit www.stonebowlfarm.com


Empty Bowls Houston is an international effort to fight hunger, started in Houston 14 years ago to benefit the Houston Food Bank. The annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 11-3, and is a collaboration between Houston area ceramists, woodturners and artists working in all media and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Since its inception, Empty Bowls Houston has raised $801,550 for the Houston Food Bank. (This equals more than 2.4 million meals to our neighbors in need!)             

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees select a bowl from over 1,500 unique, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area artists, then receive a simple lunch of soup and bread provided by Sweet Tomatoes. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world.

Empty Bowls Houston Preview Party

Don’t care for crowds? Do you want to be the first to spot that special bowl, meant just for you? Pencil in the date now for the exclusive, ticketed event being held at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on Friday May 18, from 6-8.  It will be a fun night of mixing and mingling with light bites, beer, wine and artist demos.  Tickets can be obtained through the Houston Food Bank website.

Archway Gallery Invitational Empty Bowls Exhibition and Silent Auction Benefiting the Houston Food Bank

Once again, Archway Gallery is hosting an Exhibition and Silent Auction with the proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.  The Exhibition opens with a reception Saturday May 5th(5-8 p.m.) and continues through the month.  Over 35 works of art have been donated by the Archway artists and notable area ceramists, fiber artists, and woodturners.   Collectors can preview and bid on the art and bowls through an online bidding program set up by the Houston Food Bank. Avid bidders will be pinged every time they're outbid so it's hoped that more money will be raised for the Houston Food Bank that feeds 800,000 individuals each year through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and relief charities.

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