FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER
I hope this newsletter finds you keeping warm and well as we begin the month of February.
You may recall that the ClayHouston board began working on some new initiatives in 2020 to support access and inclusivity in ceramics. I am thrilled to announce that on February 8th we will be launching one of these efforts: The ClayHouston Award for BIPOC Ceramic Artists.
This award is dedicated to provide funding for ceramic artists in Texas who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. ClayHouston has created this award as part of our ongoing effort to cultivate greater diversity and access in the field of ceramics, with a focus on Texas artists. In addition, we acknowledge the heavy toll of the combined forces of COVID-19, systemic racism, and the economic uncertainty currently facing many BIPOC communities. ClayHouston will award two individual winners with $1,200 each. One winner will be chosen from each of the following two categories: ‘Emerging’ and ‘Mid-Career and Beyond’.
I’m also excited to announce that the award will be juried by: Natalia Arbelaez and Adam Chau of The Color Network, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, and Roberto Lugo. We’re honored to have the opportunity to partner with these artists in our efforts. Please visit the ClayHouston website for more information - Award. The award will be open for entries from February 8 to March 22, 2021 and the winners will be announced on April 26th, 2021.
Our programs chair, Marie-Hélène Nguyen, has been hard at work lining up new events for ClayHouston members. Be on the lookout, we’ll be announcing the date soon for a special MFAH Speakers Bureau Event on Zoom highlighting the exhibition: "Between Sea and Sky: Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond". Marie-Hélène is also organizing a Virtual Clay Creative studio visit featuring Michelle Heinesen. We will be sending emails soon so you can register to attend these upcoming events!
Do you enjoy reading the Member Spotlight profiles on our website as much as I do? Would you like to be featured? To be selected, make sure your member profile is up-to-date and includes 6-10 images of your work. We’d love to learn more about you and what you’re up to!
I hope to see you all soon! In the meantime, take care and stay well,
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
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TEXAS TALKS ART: JAMES C. WATKINS (LUBBOCK) IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHRYN HALL
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Join artist and educator James C. Watkins in conversation with Kathryn Hall, curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, on Facebook Live, as part of Texas Talks Art.. James is the most recent recipient of HCCC’s Texas Master Award that recognizes career artists, professionals, and educators who have made a significant impact on the field of craft in Texas. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm - https://www.facebook.com/crafthouston/live_videos/?ref=page_internal (Map)