August 2020 Newsletter

Dear ClayHouston members,

I hope you are staying well! It’s been another month of ups and downs but, as always, a highlight for me is connecting with my ClayHouston friends.

Speaking of which, our virtual Clay Talks on Zoom have been a wonderful opportunity for ClayHouston members to visit with each other and July was no exception. Members who participated shared some beautiful new ceramic work with the group and we also covered all sorts of helpful topics including gold luster techniques, where to find studio equipment as well as pricing work and shipping resources. I hope you’ll join us for the next event on Thursday August 20 from 6 - 7pm. And, mark your calendar, we’ve added Virtual Clay Talks every third Thursday of the month for the rest of 2020! 

We recently sent you a link to our July Member Survey. Thank you to all who have responded so far! We’re grateful for your feedback and really appreciate the ideas and suggestions you’ve been sharing with us! If you haven’t had a chance to respond, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to do so. The survey will be available online until August 15.

This month marks the kick-off of Laura August’s 5 week seminar “Mud & What it Makes”. It filled up quickly and we’re really excited to partner with Laura on this academic programming. I’m also excited to announce that ClayHouston was able to make a $350 donation ($50 for every CH member seminar registration) to Crafting the Future! Crafting the Future (www.craftingthefuture.org) is an organization that supports the effort to build racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of craft, art and design.

Be on the lookout for an invitation to our upcoming Virtual Clay Creative event taking place on Saturday August 29th. As you know we have moved most of our programming this year into the virtual realm. It makes some things harder, for sure, but it has also opened up the opportunity to connect with new people outside of our city. This month, we’re very excited to have Virginia Felix of Kera Clay hosting Virtual Clay Creative. Virginia is based in Brooklyn, NY and will be sharing some insight into her work and studio practice. Read more about Virginia and her work at www.keraclay.com or on Instagram: @keraclay. I hope you’ll join us!

As we look toward Fall and our planned events it is becoming increasingly clear that we will need to continue adapting to COVID-19. Due to safety concerns, we have made the difficult decision to convert our 2020 Member Exhibition to a virtual format instead of the in-person exhibition that was going to take place at Sabine Street Gallery. We will be sending more details soon as we open the call for entry.

We are also in the planning stages for the 2020 Bayou City Clay Crawl. Our event this year is set to take place on Sunday December 6. We’re currently planning a hybrid virtual/in-person event and will shift plans as needed depending on the status of COVID-19 towards the end of the year. We’ll be sending out a call for entry with more information soon.

Finally, I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you for being a part of ClayHouston. This pandemic has created so much uncertainty, but I continue to look forward to the day when we will safely gather together again! In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

Take care,

Jessica Phillips

President

ClayHouston.org

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August Virtual Clay Talks

A casual ClayHouston ZOOM 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.  Thursday, August 20, from 6 - 7pm. Register Here


Denise Greenwood-Loveless in delecTABLE

Art Students League of Denver presents delecTABLE: the fine art of dining. A national juried exhibition. Juror Liz Zlot Summerfield. (This was reformatted to an online show, after the pandemic. Originally slated to begin in March). The show begins July 28th through Aug 31.  https://asld.org/delectable-2020/ Denise has 2 pieces in the show: "Pat Butters" and "Shotz".


Ron Loyd in Tiny But Mighty II: A National Exhibition of Small 3D Artworks

Description: Tiny but Mighty is an exhibition of small three-dimensional works from across the country which do not exceed 8” in their longest dimensions. Exhibition dates: Thursday, August 6th 2020 - Saturday, August 29th 2020.




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. Fall 2020. http://nicollelamere.com

Other ceramic residencies granted:

Kirstin Willders, Clay (Alfred, New York) Fall 2020 Winter 2021 http://www.kirstinwillders.com

Joan Brown, Clay (Philadelphia, PA) Winter Spring 2021 https://www.joanclarebrown.com



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






Store is closed for vacation starting June 27th and will re-open on July 7th

 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 (Rescheduled to  2021)

With Lebeth Lammers

This workshop will work with colored porcelain clay

$400.00

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