For every art medium, there are clubs, societies and nonprofits that strive to bring the artists together, the community is always the focus and the nonprofit ClayHouston’s focus is the ceramic arts as its name suggests. ClayHouston stays active in the ceramic community by sponsoring exhibits, symposia, programs and workshops.
Saturday ClayHouston is hosting a Pop Up Market Place at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“We have 21 Clay Houston members participating, bringing a range of sculptural and functional work,” said Membership Chair, Sierra Estes in an email. “We want this event to connect our members and their work to a Houston audience that will enjoy learning from and supporting them. We know that the Heights will love the work that our members are bringing, we know that there will something for everyone!”
This is a first-time event for ClayHouston, the organization has an active and growing membership that numbers around 150. Hosting public events like the Pop Up Marketplace is part of their mission in community engagement.
Of the 21 ceramic artists attending, I know two participating, Michelle Heinesen and Doni Langlois. I own work by both artists, but I have room for more!
I interviewed Langlois last October, she is a regular at my markets and is accepted into juried fine art shows like Bayou City Art Festival.
After 25 years of creating ceramic art as a hobby, Langlois went full time a couple of years ago.
“I’m a little part engineer – so I love figuring out how to make a design that I want, which is why I like to hand build as opposed to throwing on the wheel,” Langlois said. “Painting always seemed tedious to me – I never knew when I was done – but I don’t get that way with clay. I also LOVE the way it smells…. muddy and earthy. And Fire …”
The event is indoors, a big plus these days and free. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St., Houston, TX 77008, this Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. clayhouston.org
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com