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Dear ClayHouston members,

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 - AwardThe 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,

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

Tiffany Nesbit at Elgin Street Gallery II

Tiffany Nesbit announces the opening of her exhibition, “Serious Traits,” at Elgin Street Gallery ll, Room 144, located on the University of Houston’s campus. 4188 Elgin Street Houston, Texas. 77204-4019. Open during campus hours. Exhibit runs from Jan. 25th- Feb. 5th.  (uh school of art: , artist website:

Abbie P. Edmonson at HCCC

Abbie P. Edmonson has accepted a 3 month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft starting in February.

Daryl McCracken at Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Daryl McCracken’s “Fossil relic - Ewer” will be featured in the Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s national juried exhibition PLAYING WITH FIRE: Altered Atmospheres, to be exhibited March 13 – April 24, 2021 in the Schacht Gallery. Juror, Mark Shapiro, chose 68 objects out of several hundred entries.

Nicolle LaMere in Japan

Nicolle LaMere announces her acceptance into the international artist residency, at The Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Institute of Ceramic Studies, Shigaraki, Japan in late 2021. look forward to returning to Houston to share what I've learned in Japan!

Elizabeth Bentley in The Artist's Circle Gallery

Elizabeth Bentley has three pieces accepted in The Artist's Circle Gallery juried online exhibit, "Religion."  The exhibit can be seen at


Suzanne Shield-Polk at Redbud Gallery

Suzanne Shield-Polk has work in the upcoming 2021 Texas Sculpture Group Juried Exhibition at Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th St., Houston, TX, 77008. The exhibition runs January 16 - February 23, 2021, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 16, 6-9 pm.

For info call: 713-854-4246, or visit

Cynthia Wisener at Monterrso Gallery

Figurative clay sculpture by Cynthia Wisener showing at Monterrso Gallery.  Opening Saturday January 30, 5:00-7:00pm. Gallery open Saturday afternoons or by appointment , Spring Street Studios #104.  Show curated by Patrick Palmer.  1824 Spring Street, (281) 682-6628.

Anna Mayer at HCCC

Anna Mayer's solo exhibition, Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer opens at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on January 30, 2021. The show will run until May 8, 2021. Due to the pandemic there will not be an opening reception, but HCCC is open for in-person visits and welcomes visitors.

Roy Hanscom at Rockport Center

Roy Hanscom announces the opening of the COVID compliant exhibition "The Many Shapes of Texas Clay", at Rockport Center for the Arts on Feb. 6 at 4:00 pm. The exhibit runs from Feb 5 to Feb 28.

Carol Berger at Archway Gallery

Carol Berger has work in the upcoming show “Regeneration”. The show runs from February 5 – March 4 at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX. 77006 . Virtual Opening and Artist Talk is Saturday, February 5, 6:30 pm at Archway or Facebook Live. To View Works, visit Archway Gallery’s Online Store or arrange Private Gallery Tours by Appointment ( Contact: . Gallery Hours Updated On Website

Daryl McCracken at Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

Daryl McCracken’s "Watering can as an allegory of the conflict with time” was accepted to Epperson Galleries “National Clay Competition” juried by Scott Shields, Associate Director of the Crocker Art Museum.

The show features work from 45 artists from around the United States and runs November 14 - January 17th, 2021.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona St. Crockett, CA 94525, 510-787-2925, 

CH Members at Kinder Morgan

Gaby Bello, Caroline Carey and Melissa Symmonds were selected for the Glassell "Fall" exhibition at the Kinder Morgan Headquarters, 1001 Louisiana St # 1000, Houston, TX 77002.  Exhibition opens on Nov 23 and runs for 3 months. 

We are open for curbside pick ups and in-store visits. We have a limit of 3 people in the store at a time. You will be asked to fill out a contact tracing slip and have your forehead temperature checked before you can enter. We ask that you limit your time in the store to 20 minutes.

We have found a source for N95 respirator masks with and without valves.  In Stock now!

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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 (Map)


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