May 2020 Newsletter

Dear ClayHouston members,

I hope you are staying safe and well as we enter the month of May. I have to admit, time is feeling pretty strange here. April passed quickly but also felt like many many months wrapped up in one! Ups and downs in the news, of course, but there were also some silver-lining moments to appreciate in our clay community, and it reminded me how thankful I am to be a part of this organization!

I hope you had a chance to attend our virtual Clay Creative event hosted on Instagram and Facebook by Denise Greenwood Loveless. I’m grateful for the time she took to show us her studio, a clay demo, and some of the work she has created. It was wonderful to get a glimpse into the world of her beautiful work! Thanks Denise!

I’ve also been enjoying our continuing Social Media Member Take Over series! I’m so happy that our members have been able to share their work with us. We can’t gather in person yet but these fun mini-visits almost make me feel like I’m there with them in person. It’s definitely a highlight of each week. We’re continuing those through May so keep tuning in!
We’re also introducing something new this month….*drumroll please*….virtual Clay Talks!   Join us on Thursday, May 21 from 6pm - 7pm on Zoom for a casual get-together. Feel free to bring a piece of work for show-and-tell if you’d like, or any clay questions/ideas you’ve been wanting to bounce around. It’s also just a chance to say hello and catch up. We’ll be sending out more details soon so keep an eye out.

Sadly, we have officially postponed our Pop-Up Marketplace. We are exploring dates for later this year and I’m hopeful that, as the months progress, it will become more clear how to safely proceed. We’re exploring a variety of alternatives for promoting sales of our member’s work and will keep you posted.

Speaking to that theme of exploration, we’re definitely charting some new territory here. We continue to brainstorm ideas for how to support our members and foster connections in the ClayHouston community despite the current situation. We’re always looking for ideas and inspiration and we’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to send an email to info@clayhouston.org if you have suggestions for fun activities or events you think everyone might enjoy.

As always, I hope you stay well and are able to find some creative distractions this coming month to brighten your day.

Jessica Phillips

President

ClayHouston.org

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Nicolle LaMere at HCCC

Congratulations to ClayHouston member Nicolle LaMere who was awarded a residency at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. We look forward to seeing the work she creates when the Craft Center reopens and her residency resumes.


Linnis Blanton at Beaumont Art League

Linnis Blanton is announcing a one person ceramics exhibit: "Mindscapes" at  Beaumont Art League, 2673 Gulf St., Beaumont, Tx  77703.  Exhibit runs until the end of May.  This is the best show that you cannot see in person.

The exhibit is on YouTube under Linnis Blanton or South East Texas Arts Council https://setxac.org/mindscapes-linnis-blanton or Mindscapes.

 


CH Members in 23rd Ceramic Competition Online Gallery 

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Abbie Preston Edmonson, Mary Fischer, Roy Hanscom, Pat Johnson and Clay Leonard have pieces in the San Angelo Online Exhibition.  http://samfa.org/23rd-ceramic-competition-online-gallery


Tracye Wear at Moody Gallery

Tracye Wear announces her exhibit Botanicals at Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt, Houston, TX. Dates TBA. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10:30 - 5:00, Sat 11:00 - 5:00.  www.moodygallery.com



Jo Zider - Clay Transformation Project

During this time of forced confinement Jo Zider has been thankful for the time to focus on her goal:  She is writing a book about “The Clay Transformation Project” which started with the first installation in west Texas on 13 April, 1990. The project began when I decided every five years I would place one of the pieces remaining from my "Shifting Sands" show into the landscape and allow it to be acted upon or consumed by nature. This past Monday was the thirtieth anniversary and completion of the project.

 


Melissa Symmonds at Mercer Botanic Gardens

Melissa Symmonds has work showing in the Children's garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens located at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road.  Exhibit runs from Jan 30 to end of June, 2020.




Teach Ceramics in Maine this Summer

Camp Laurel, one of New England’s premier co-ed summer camps, is seeking Ceramics Instructors for the summer of 2020.

Instructors will lead and assist with projects that teach skills and promote creativity. We are looking for artists who are passionate about their craft and would enjoying sharing this passion with children.  Apply Here


Jeff Forster at Sawyer Yards

Jeff Forster is pleased to announce his solo exhibition Ruin, Ruins, Ruining in Art Alley at Sawyer Yards.  The show is composed of 5 large scale outdoor sculptures.   Exhibit runs from Oct 5 thru Sept, 2020.




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Regional News

All Gallery Events at Foelber Pottery have been canceled for the months of April and May including our annual “Contained & Arranged” floral show and the “Texas Ceramists” show. 

In order to flatline the spread of COVID-19 the gallery will be closed at least until mid-April.  Pottery Classes are postponed until further notice. 

We wish everyone safety and good health. May you find creativity in the midst of turmoil.

John Foelber and Judy Adams




Empty Bowls Houston- TBD, 2020

Artists from the greater Houston area are elbows-deep in bowl-making in preparation for the 16th Annual Empty Bowls Houston to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on a date TBD. Each year, more than 1,000 unique bowls are created and donated to help raise funds for the Houston Food Bank’s mission to provide food for better lives in Houston and the surrounding counties.  For a $25 donation, attendees may choose a bowl and receive a simple soup lunch, enjoy entertainment in the HCCC garden, visit with artist demonstrators and feel good about helping to fill the empty bowls and tummies in Houston.

Bowl donations may be dropped off at the below locations:

·         June 10 - 26 at the Ceramic Store (1002 W. 11th St., Mon. – Sat.)

·         June 10 - 26 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Wed. – Sun.)

**Please double check with these locations on their hours of operation.



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