Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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December 12, 2014

From: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston, TX - This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents "Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition," a juried group exhibition and exploration of the concept of nourishment through the medium of clay.
The word "nourish" implies an act of caring, promoting or fostering life, growth, health, ideas and much more. "Nourishment" can represent a variety of concepts and ideas anything that acts as food for the soul. But at its core, an act of nourishment depends on a connection between one being and another. This connection and symbiotic relationship can be played out in many different ways, yielding a diverse range of outcomes.
The 13 artists featured in the exhibition express what the concept of nourishment means to them through a variety of processes and forms. They employ hand building, wheel-thrown techniques and slip casting to construct both functional and sculptural objects. Surface treatments range from raku to wood firing, terra sigilatta, mason stains and vitreous glazes. Whether utilizing an installation-based format or creating a decorative vessel, each artist uniquely expresses his or her personal interpretation of the concept through the endless possibilities of clay.
"Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition" was juried by Dan Hammett, Chair and Professor of Ceramic Art at the University of Dallas.
Featured Artists
Mary Aldrich
Andy Bally
Virginia Bally
Caroline Carey
Elizabeth DeLyria
Marcia Erickson
Judith Freeman
Joyce Joe
Lisa Kelley
Michelle Matthews
Tom Perry
Anne Steacy
Jo Zider
Founded in 2004, ClayHouston is a dynamic organization of ceramic artists: potters, sculptors, educators, students and people who simply love working with clay. ClayHouston members work to cultivate interest in the ceramic arts in the Houston metropolitan area and the southeast region of Texas. The organization plays an active role in the Houston community by creating exhibits, symposia, festivals, sales and educational experiences that showcase ceramic arts and ceramic artists. For more information, visit
Dan Hammett has been at the University of Dallas, Irving, since 1974, where he is currently a full professor and chair of the Ceramic Art Department. He has produced architectural ceramic-shell lighting, large-scale monolithic ceramic sculpture, as well as functional ceramics; participated in national and international exhibits and workshops; conducted field studies to museums in the U.S., Italy, Greece, Crete and China; received grants, awards and commissions; and developed and served as consultant/project manager for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' award-winning PBS-style film series. Hammett received a BA in education from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma, a BFA from The University of Kansas, and an MFA in ceramic art from The State University of New York College of Ceramics at Alfred.

Exhibition Date: February 6 - April 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

The opening will also feature "Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses" in the Main Gallery and "one day, late in the afternoon. . ." in the Front Gallery. Current resident artists' studios will be open to the public.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 5 PM
Spring/Summer Hours: Closed on Easter Sunday, July 4th and Sundays, July 4th Labor Day.

Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Admission: Free

Photo: Anne Stacy, "Body, Mind & Soul," 2014. Raku clay, metal. Photo by Anne Stacy.

For more information, call 713.529.4848 or visit