December 5, 2021
“ClayHouston’s 5th Annual Bayou City Clay Crawl Offers Unique Tour of Artist Studios and Helps Fight Hunger in Houston. Houston’s first and only citywide tour of ceramic artists’ studio’s partners with Empty Bowls Houston and Houston Food Bank, Sunday, December 5, 2021. HOUSTON … ClayHouston’s Bayou City Clay Crawl returns Sunday, December 5, for its fifth annual event, providing the public with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to tour studios and to discover pieces created by ClayHouston member artists in time for holiday shopping. Bayou City Clay Crawl (www.clayhouston.org/BCCC) is unique in that we invite the public into our studios to talk to the artists, see some demo’s and just enjoy immersion in the clay world. And, of course, a wide variety of pieces will be available for purchase. The 2021 crawl is a Heights-centric crawl with bookends in East Downtown and Independence Heights, featuring 40-plus artists participating in seven studios/locations offering unique pieces ranging from traditional pottery to large-scale sculptures as well as installations and demonstrations. The event will be held from 10 am to 5 pm. This year, the event is partnering with Empty Bowls Houston, an international grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople to feed the hungry in their local communities, implemented locally to benefit Houston Food Bank. Empty Bowls Houston will have a table set up at the Nosami studio during the crawl. Visitors can choose from an assortment of handmade bowls available for a minimum donation of $25. 100% of Empty Bowls Houston sales go directly to Houston Food Bank.
BCCC 21- Press Release
The Bayou City Clay Crawl is free, and visitors can start at any location. Participating studios will feature resident artists as well as guest artists and Empty Bowls Houston. Bayou City Clay Crawl studios include:
Third Coast Clay – 8519 N. Main St. 77022 Lotus Bermudez, Stacy Kuropata, Allyn Martinez, Kiersten Rucker, Holly Glatzel, Lee Hudman, Angela Corson, Jessica Gutierrez, Melissa Symmonds. *** LIVE DEMO: 12:00 noon “Textured Frustum Jar with Lid” Bennett Fine Art Studio – 1805 Harvard St. 77008 Tanna Bennett, Maria Hernandez, Betsy Evans, Karen Fiscus, JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy Yu Cha Pak’s Studio – 1322 Harvard St. 77008 Yu Cha Pak, Renee Lieber, Carol Berger, Jessica Phillips, Maura Ferrero-Baroni Tracye Wear Studio – 1139 Waverly St. 77008 Tracye Wear, Karen Cruce, Kathleen Hamlet Damon Thomas Art Studio – 1112 Arlington St. 77008 Damon Thomas, Jeff Forster, Reema Forster, Yvonne Gerych Nosami – 739 E 7 1/2 St. 77007 Anne Steacy, Mara Cavalcanti Reid, Maria Raguel Morales, Jo Ann Williams, Mary Aldrich, Pilar Arango, Jill Whitten, Vivian Pastor, Lilly Lerner ***LIVE DEMO: 1:30 PM “Hand building, carving, and lighting of a chimenea” ** Empty Bowls location PotClub Studio – 3308 Garrow St. 77003
BCCC 21- Press Release
Michelle Heinesen, Courtney Hassmann, Anna Reyter, Tiffany A Nesbit, Jes Dougherty, Emily Rensink, Alison Miller, Sierra Estes, Jessica Kreuter ***LIVE DEMO: 3:00PM “Creating and decorating an Exquisite Corpse”
About ClayHouston ClayHouston exists to cultivate, promote, and advance the ceramic arts in the Houston Metropolitan area and beyond. We work to provide our members with opportunities through education, professional development, exhibitions, workshops, and programs while partnering with local arts organizations to further our reach. Additionally, we create recreational programs as an opportunity for our members to socialize, build community and learn from one another in a casual atmosphere. ClayHouston was founded in 2004 and is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. please visit www.clayhouston.org. About Houston Food Bank Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. In the last fiscal year, including COVID-19 response, we provided access to 159 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners of food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools. Filling gaps on plates, we have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and racial equity and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those in our communities, including services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability: nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance. We are a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston Country, and Brazos Valley. Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.”