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June 2019 Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to summer!

In today's news “The Mayor seeks proposals for local arts projects to compete for federal grants” This could be a great opportunity for us at ClayHouston, check it out!

Congratulations to all our recent grads from many area programs and universities. Yea! You did it.

Now, on to welcoming our new and returning members,  Paula Chandler, Jesus Dougherty, Susan Loewen, Jennifer Shaw and Katelyn Pipkin. Please take a moment to get to know them by visiting their member pages and be sure to welcome them in person if you get a chance.

ClayHouston members took a very active part in Empty Bowls 2019 with donations to the Archer Gallery silent auction, bunt bowls for the opening reception and many contributions to the Day of Bowl sale. Karen Fiscus, a ClayHouston member, has met the 100 bowl challenge for the last 7 years. She has made and donated 700 bowls raising $17,500 to benefit Empty Bowls Houston/Houston Food Bank. For every $1 donated to Houston Food Bank, they can provide three meals, so that means that Karen's contribution alone has provided 52,500 meals to our neighbors in need. A big thank you to Karen.

Ceramic classes, if you have some time in your summer schedule to hone your skills learn to throw or just play in clay remember to check out our list of local classes.

We are working on finalizing our three-week residency at Atelierhause Hilmsen Germany in June 2020. Check it out at and stay tuned. We hope to have the call for applicants in July.

The True North artist talk with Jeff Forster, Damon Thomas and Chris Silkwood had to be rescheduled due to flooding rains, The new date will be sometime in the fall after folks get back from vacation.

Remember to register for our 5th annual symposium “Clay Bodies,” hosted at Glassell Oct 19 & 20. The artists are Lorna Meaden and Thaddeus Erdahl. We are very excited to have Jessica Kreutter as our Keynote Speaker and Kathryn Hall as our Panel Moderator. Again, space is limited so please register early. Register Here

For more information on any of our events please scroll down and remember we are always looking for suggestions for events, workshops and programming. 

Anne Steacy


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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.

Nell Gottlieb, Vivian Pastor & Marisol Valencia Earn

Glassell Certificate of Achievement

Nell Gottlieb, Vivian Pastor, and Marisol Valencia are exhibiting their work in the Certificate of Achievement Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston, 77006, opening on June 7 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The exhibit runs from May 24 - August 11.  

Melissa Symmonds at Glassell

Melissa Symmonds has a work selected for the 2019 Glassell Student show at the Glassell Studio School, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  The reception will be held on June 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  The show runs from May 24 - Aug 11.

Nell Gottlieb and Eileen McClellan in VAA Show

Nell Gottlieb and Eileen McClellan have work in the 36th Juried Open Exhibition of the Visual Arts Alliance, opening at Silver Street Studios, West Wing, 2000 Edwards Street,Houston TX 77007 on June 26 from 6-8 pm.  Show closes July 13.

9 Members in Multiplicity Exhibit at the Silos

Angela Corson, Evelyn Coufal, Jane Greenberg, Gabo Martini, Vivian Pastor, Mara Cavalcanti Reid, Anne Steacy, Melissa Symmonds and Marisol Valencia are showing their work in the Multiplicity exhibit at the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St, Houston, TX 77007.  The opening is on Wednesday,  May 8, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Refreshments are provided.  The exhibit runs from May 6 until June 29.


Michelle Matthews at Mother Dog Studios

Michelle Matthews will be speaking on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM about her exhibition, "Resilient", at Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut Street, Houston, TX 77002. Mother Dog will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM that day. Matthews’ exhibition runs from May 10 through July 31, 2019. To view her work click here    

Damon Thomas in True North 2019

Damon Thomas’ mixed-media sculpture, “Home Fire,” is one of eight large-scale sculptures included in True North 2019 the sixth iteration of the annual public sculpture exhibit along Heights Boulevard. Standing approximately seven feet high, “Home Fire” combines ceramic “logs” with a metal “flame” and base. This is the first year that ceramic sculpture has been included since True North began in 2014. On view Mar 10 -  Dec 15. For more information:

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Jeff Forster in True North 2019

Jeff Forster has “North Space Ruin” in the 1800 block of Heightsin "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  Located at the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work accepted in the Glassell Student Exhibition “Water” at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. from Mar 22 to Jun 14,  Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.

Virginia & Andre Bally at San Antonio Art League

Virginia & Andre Bally are currently exhibiting their work in the San Antonio Art League and Museums members gallery from April 5th through June 30. The San Antonio Art Leagues museum and exhibition space is located in San Antonio's historic King Williams District, 130 King William Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204. (

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk at TANK Project Space

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk announces an opening of her site-specific installation “Past forgotten, Presence unknown, Future imminent”. The exhibition takes place at TANK Project Space at Spring St. Studios, 1824 Spring St, Houston TX, 77007. The installation is on view from April 13 to June 29, 2019. The artist’s reception date TBD

  The ceramic Store will be on vacation starting June 29th and will return on July 9th.

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Regional News

Talk by Charles Criner

VAA announces their June 1 program, a talk by Charles Criner, Artist in Residence at The Printing Museum on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 AM located at 1324 West Clay Street,Houston, TX 77019.

He will speak about his work, the influence of the Afro-American experience, and the meaning and history of Juneteenth.

Charles will sign prints of his Juneteenth posters which are always collectors’ favorites.


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