Meet your TCC Team

Lotus 

CLAY MATTER


Lotus

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 

Kuropottery


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.

 

Stacy

 

 

Michelle 

Hansdottir


 

Michelle is a contemporary ceramist, maker, and designer who lives and works in Houston Texas. Her Singaporean-Faroese heritage influences her work greatly – East meets West, a global perspective with a nomadic outlook. 

She had early roots with an apprenticeship at 17 with a ceramics arts studio in Singapore, followed by her role as a program coordinator, muralist, and arts instructor. She works in retail and education at the Ceramic Store of Houston, as well as teaching privately and making art in her studio under the moniker…HANSDOTTIR.

She has participated in exhibitions locally as well as overseas (The Goodwood Hotel, Singapore Int’l Women’s Convention, ClayOracle Gallery, Baylene). 2020 Is her third year of participation as an Empty Bowls Houston 100 Bowl Artist. Besides ClayHouston, she is also a member of the Visual Arts Alliance Houston and Fresh Arts Houston.

 

 

Sierra 

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.

 

Sierra 

 

 

 

Kiersten 

Bella Graffito


Kiersten 

 

 

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 

Exotic Bijou


Becky 

 

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.