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August 2019 Newsletter


Our new ClayHouston General Members this month are Craig Clark, Dave Jatos and Aimee Savage.  We also have a new Artist in Residence at HCCC, Audrey Legalley. 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.

We have the pleasure of welcoming Lillian Ayienga, a PHD student from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen China to Houston.  Lillian’s PhD study is focused on researching ceramic materials to develop and process a porcelain clay body using a rock material from her country. She is also developing colored glaze recipes using the same clay body. Lillian made contact with us though our member Kelley Eggert.  We are hoping to have a pot luck social with Lillian in August. The when and where will be advertised as soon as the dates are set. 

Spill the Dirt: Artist Talk and Demonstration with Zoe Gross is scheduled. Zoe Gross is a recent artist in residence at HCCC. To join Zoe Gross for an afternoon of conversation digging deep into her creative and technical process go to our website. Registration is open and there are a few seats left. The date and time is August 31, 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM at the Craft Center.

September brings Traveling Purses at Nosami Studio, 739 7 1/2 St, Houston, TX 77007, September 28th with Lilly Lerner.  Lily will discuss her experiences with putting on a solo exhibition abroad. 

More upcoming events include;

Artist Talk with Jeffrey Forster, Chris Silkwood and Damon Thomas is rescheduled for October 4 10:00 AM till 12:00.

A symposium Clay Bodies with demonstrating artists Thaddeus Erdahl and Lorna Meaden is scheduled for October 19 & 20. Seats are limited so register early.

The ClayHouston General Members Meeting will be held November 9 at the Glassell School of Art. Registration is open.

The Bayou City Clay Crawl is scheduled for December 8 at various studios inside the loop. Betsy Evans and Jessica Phillips are firming up the inside the loop hosting studios. A call for visiting artists will go out in August. If you plan to apply to be a visiting artist you will need to update your member page to have at least 6 pictures of your work so the most appropriate studio assignments can be made.  Also, make sure all of the information on your page is still current.

If you are in the market for anything clay related check out our web site.

Anne Steacy


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Workshop with Zoe Gross

Please join ClayHouston and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for Spill the Dirt, an artist talk and demonstration with Zoe Gross. This will be held on August 31 at HCCC (4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002) from 11AM-2PM. Zoe will lead us in a conversation digging deep into her creative and technical process. She will begin with an artist talk exploring her artistic inspiration, her graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her experience as a resident artist and arts educator. Following the artist talk will be a live demonstration of Zoe’s building process covering advanced coil construction and textural surface design where participants will be encouraged to ask questions regarding their own work. The artist talk will begin at 11AM, followed by a demonstration at 12:30PM. Register

Clay Creative with Lily Lerner

Clay Creative will be held on September 28 at Nosami (739 71/2 Street, Houston 77007) studio. Lily Lerner will share and discuss her experiences with showing and having a solo exhibition abroad.

Member News

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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.

Artist Talk with Nell Gottlieb

Nell Gottlieb will give an informal talk about her installation “Bearing Witness” on Saturday, August 10 at 1 pm in the  Brad and Leslie Bucher Gallery, 2nd fl., Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston, 77006.

Angel Oloshove at Museum of Human Achievement

Angel Oloshove announces her work has been included in the exhibition "The Nude Show" at the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas. Exhibition opening is August 16 from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. The show runs from August 16- August 31. For more information please visit:

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work, “Timeless . . . . . In our time”, accepted in the Glassell Student Exhibition Time at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. June 14 to August 30, Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.


Eileen McClellan at Beeville Art Museum

Eileen McClellan is pleased to announce that her sculpture, “Trilogy”, was selected for the 2019 Texas Artists Exhibition at the Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin St., Beeville, Tx. 78102 The opening will be held on August 3rd from noon until 2 and the show will continue through August 24th. The Beeville Art Museum is a gem of a venue located in the Esther Barnhart House built in 1910. It is well worth the drive just to see this beautiful turn of the century home.

Vivian Pastor and Laura Sprague in Without Borders

Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency is pleased to announce the exhibition Without Borders at the Mönchskirche Gallery in Salzwedel, Germany, on view July 4 through August 4, 2019. Curated by Hans Molzberger and Michelle Matthews, Without Borders will feature eight Houston artists, including Vivian Pastor and Laura Sprague, whose work is influenced by the landscape, history, and local community in nearby Hilmsen. The exhibition concludes a month-long residency program. 

Thomas Perry in From the Ground Up XXVIII

Two of Thomas Perry's ceramic works were selected by juror Naomi Clement for the From the Ground Up XXVIII regional exhibition at the Las Cruces Museum of Art,  August 2 to October 19, 2019. The biennial exhibition is sponsored by the Las Cruces Potters Guild, and this year's juror is Naomi Clement.

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.  

Sierra Estes, Maria Morales, and Melissa Symmonds at Glassell

Sierra Estes, Maria Morales & Melissa Symmonds have work in the juried 2019 Glassell Student show at the Glassell Studio School, 5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. Symmond's piece won a merit award plus the vendor award from the Ceramic Store.  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.

Michelle Matthews at Mother Dog Studios

Michelle Matthews exhibition, "Resilient" is at Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut Street, Houston, TX 77002. 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.


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Cindy Lisica: “The Artist as Brand: Takashi Murakami”

Join VAA as Cindy Lisica, owner of Cindy Lisica Gallery, offers a lecture entitled "The Artist as Brand: Takashi Murakami" at The Printing Museum, 1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019, on Saturday, August 3, at 11:00 am.


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