Lotus, a native Texas ceramist, is enthusiastic about sharing the passions of clay through her bodies of work and teaching. She holds a MFA, taught ceramics at University of Houston and currently teaches pottery classes at her business Third Coast Clay.
Lotus was the Co-chair for Empty Bowls Houston, served as an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and teaches workshops. Lotus’ future goals are to push the awareness, growth, and appreciation for clay in the Houston area through connecting with other artists and education of the history, craft, and concepts of clay.
Stacy, a born and raised Houstonian, is one of Lotus’ former University of Houston students. It was at U of H that she first fell in love with clay and began her journey in ceramic art. After graduating, she then went on to earn her MFA in ceramic sculpture from Houston Baptist University. Since that time, she has taught ceramic sculpture and pottery to students of all ages, both in academic and private settings.
She has show her work across the state of Texas as well as internationally, and has participated in programs such as the Atelierhaus Hilmsen and Sojourn residencies. Stacy has a passion for sharing the gift of clay with others, and volunteers with organizations such as ClayHouston and Empty Bowls.
As a ceramic sculptor and potter, Stacy enjoys creating both small and large scale ceramic artworks as well as functional pottery. Stacy’s sculpture is heavily informed by archaic art and architecture, patterns found in the nature and geological forms, all seasoned with a hint of her deep love of science fiction, mythology, and fantasy. Her pottery takes these these and combines them with the everyday kitschy objects she grew up seeing in her grandparents’ homes, incorporating imagery and motifs that inspire the best memories in her heart.
Stacy joined Third Coast Clay in 2015 as the Tuesday evening instructor. Today she teaches ceramics courses at Houston Baptist University and sells her own line of functional work, lovingly named Kuropottery.
Sierra earned her BA in Ceramics in 2015 from Union University. In 2016 she moved to Houston with her husband to pursue a ceramics career in Houston. Houston’s rich restaurant scene and support of the arts has been the perfect place to start a fulfilling career producing wholesale dinnerware for restaurants. Sierra also began making wholesale work for retail shops around Houston and the US, as far as Alaska.
When she isn’t filling orders she is creating new work for craft markets in Houston and around central Texas. While in Texas she enjoyed being a board member at ClayHouston (2018-2020) where she planned the annual members Pop Up Market.
Sierra received a full scholarship from Penland in 2019 to attend a session to learn about harvesting and processing wild clays. She ahs been featured in the juried craft market, CraftHer Market in Austin 3 times. Her work was featured in the ClayHouston Regional Show in 2018 and her Fermenting Crock won Best in Show in the ClayHouston 2019 Members’ show.
Sierra’s dinnerware has been featured in the following restaurants: Theodore Rex, Indigo, Decant, and Degust. You can find a list of her retailers at her website estesceramics.com.
For over 30 years Daryl has focused on clay as a medium to produce good pots, working primarily with stoneware and porcelain in wood fired, soda and gas reduction kilns. The work is often a combination of wheel-thrown and handbill part.
He frequently incorporates a love of drawing; using wax resist to paint figures on these vessels. In addition to organizing exhibitions and popup markets, he runs an online business and exhibits work in numbers regional and national juried exhibitions.
Sharing his love of clay with others, he has taught at several universities, colleges, and workshops.
Daryl was part of the initial group which formed the grass-roots ceramics organization Clay Houston to serve as a network for education and support of clay artists. He also supports the Houston Food Bank by donating over 100 soup bowls each year for the Empty Bowls Houston.
To learn more visit Bayou City Pottery or @bayoucitypottery on social media.
Allyn Martinez is a practicing ceramist and sculptor based out of Tomball, TX.
Allyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston, with a BFA in Sculpture, in 2012. Her main practice in college was ceramics/fibers, mixed media, and large-scale sculptures.
After college she worked as a studio assistant/apprentice to Houston Ceramic Artists/Sculptor, Lotus Bermudez, from 2012-2016. During her time as a studio assistant, she began teaching adult and children’s classes at Third Coast Clay in the Heights. She also regularly took and assisted with ceramic workshops with various Houston based artists. While teaching classes in the Heights, she set up a home studio and began teaching one on one and semi-private classes in her home studio.
Currently, she has built a studio on her property in Tomball, TX. The studio is fit for full production and completion. Her studio includes, a kiln, raku kiln, wheel, slab roller, and space for glaze formulations. Her main focus recently has been a series of sculptures using body casting, clay, and fibers. Due to COVID she has limited teaching out of her home studio. She currently provides private lessons and has been teaching art elective classes at a school in Magnolia, TX.
Kiersten is a former public school Art Educator who is now focusing on her own artwork via her Bella Graffitto website. She is also reestablishing her series of adult centered Art classes offered at bars in the Houston area via Dazed Art Studio. She never lost her love of clay and is a former student of Lotus.
Kiersten works on her own Abstract Expressionist artwork in her home studio in Humble. Though she studied areas of Radio and Television production, Photography and Ceramics, she began to see more of herself in Abstract Expressionist work. She has been working on branching out into more Art shows in the Houston area and selling her mixe4d media pieces. She has had work displayed at Insomnia Gallery, Hardy and Nancy Studios and most recently The Big Show 2021 at Lawndale Art Center.
Although she left public education, Kiersten still feels that it is important to continue her involvement in the Texas Art Education Association and find ways to help support Art educators across Texas and especially the Houston area.
Becky helps keep the wheels on the track of this crazy train we call Third Coast Clay. She keeps us focused and is the mastermind behind our technology and paperwork needs.
Becky helps us crazy artists be artists and is the glue that holds us together. When you call Third Coast Clay for questions or information, Becky is the warm and patient voice you will hear.