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Dear ClayHouston members,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June! I hope you are doing well and keeping busy as summer arrives. I’ve been so grateful for all of the ClayHouston connections and virtual events this past month. Sharing this time with our members makes the days a bit brighter and I’m looking forward to more in the coming months.

In May we introduced our first Virtual Clay Talks event on Zoom and it was so wonderful to see so many of you! Thank you to all who attended, I loved having a chance to catch up. It was great to see what you all have been working on and I especially enjoyed hearing the tips and techniques being shared. I hope you will join us again this month for another Virtual Clay Talks event on Thursday, June 25, from 6-7pm. Register Here

We also had a lot of fun with Jeff Forster and Anna Mayer during our Clay Q&A event on Instagram Live. It was a great conversation where we learned more about Jeff and Anna’s work as well as an exploration of the topic of Wild Clay for our #TXWildClayChallenge. If you weren’t able to tune in for the live discussion it is now posted on our YouTube channel:

Oh, did I mention we now have a YouTube channel? Woo!!! We’re planning to post our video archive there so it’s accessible anytime! We also are now on Twitter if you’d like to follow along ( and, as always, you can find fun news and updates on our Instagram account ( and Facebook ( (

I hope you saw our recent email about the ClayHouston Member Giveaway. (yay!) We thought it would be a fun treat to brighten up these stay-at-home times. Don’t forget to enter your name into the drawing for a chance to win! One lucky ClayHouston member will be chosen in a random drawing and be notified on June 15th.  Enter Here

In other news, please note that the Reuse Warehouse has an updated policy for visitors: Your name must be on the list at the warehouse ahead of time in order to visit. Just let us know that you would like to visit the warehouse by sending us an email at and we will notify the warehouse staff and verify your ClayHouston membership with them. See more info on the Local Resources page of our website.

Looking ahead, our Member Exhibition is still currently scheduled for October 3, 2020 - January 9, 2021 at Sabine Street. We will be opening up a Call for Entry later this summer so I hope you’ll start thinking about work you would like to submit!

It is still unclear when we will be able to gather safely again in person but, in the meantime, I look forward to our continued virtual connections and I hope you stay safe and well.

Jessica Phillips


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

Nell Gottlieb at Community Artists' Collective

Nell Gottlieb's exhibition "Choked on Cotton" at the Community  Artists' Collective, 4101  San Jacinto  Street, Suite 116, is open by appointment (contact Gottlieb will be there June 4-6 during appointments. The Exhibit runs from May 22 - June 20. Links to the virtual opening video and to a zoom conversation with Ann Johnson  will be posted shortly  on  the CH FB page.

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.

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.

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.

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 We are open for curbside pick ups. Just send us an email or call with your order. When you get here open the back of your vehicle. Then call us and let us know that you are here. We will load your items into the rear of your vehicle.  Mon - Thurs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm 

We are also doing 20 minute in-store appointments (must call to schedule)

Laminated Clay (new date)

With Lebeth Lammers

This workshop will work with colored porcelain clay

August 14,15 &16 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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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 2020 - Update

The 16th annual Empty Bowls Houston event has been cancelled. The health and well-being of our volunteers, Craft Center staff, demo artists, sponsors, and guests is our top priority.
We are still considering ways to continue to get bowls out there, primarily through the Urban Harvest Farmers Market, once the market returns to a more convenient mode. The customers of the market have always been very interested and supportive of Empty Bowls, and many people have told us they wish we would be there more often.

As we organize the mini market events throughout the remainder of the year, we will post updates on our social media pages and the Empty Bowls website.
Obviously, we had hoped to raise significant money for the Houston Food Bank by this time of year. The Food Bank can certainly use funds, given what it is doing to feed those in need during this difficult time. Here’s to hoping we can still find a way to take advantage of your generosity of spirit for the community and your talents.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns: Sam.L.oldham@gmail.comIf possible, please store your bowls for next year.  If you cannot store them, please let me know and I'll arrange a safe pickup.

Kelly Montana in conversation with Erik Hagen:"Journeys through Time"

Artist Erik Hagen andCurator Kelly Montana,the Assistant Curator at The Menil Drawing Institute, explore the intersection of art and science in front of Hagen’s 48” by 72” painting.

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The VAA program will occur as a live webinar with time for QA on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 AM


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