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A note from our president


Hello Members!
The majority of the newly elected board members got together this last month to discuss the up-coming year and beyond.  We reviewed the By-Laws, created a budget and discussed the reorganized officer positions and responsibilities.  
New this year, each member will receive at the next meeting a membership card.  Printed on the card will be their picture, anniversary date of joining the guild and a list of vendor discounts.  The photo will be acquired from Facebook or email Cynthia, 1st VP – Membership a photo you'd like on your card.  Contact info for the board is the last page of each monthly newsletter.  Show your card to the vendors listed on the card to get discounts!  
See you on the 29th at our new meeting location at American Ceramics.
ps: don’t forget to bring a pottery related gift for the ever-loving stealing gift exchange.



What's Inside

Spring Gallery night sale

March Gallery show 

Meeting Mary Becker - bio included

Featured Artist Amy Justice

Meeting Reminder - new meeting place at American Ceramics

Etsy contact information requests

2017 Shows
to Enter


Feb 2017TPSG meeting minutes


Prior to the meeting, Pat provided coffee and snacks as well as clay related door prizes.


Kay called the meeting to order, thanked Pat for hosting the guild. Kay introduced herself as president and then the board, Ron, marketing, Sarah committee, Karen treasury, and Cynthia membership/scribe/newsletter, Ralph best of Texas and gallery shows. 


No minutes to approve as no Jan meeting. Visitors greeted, Mary Becker teaches ceramics at Mountain View Collage and Jean Marie Mary’s daughter and infant Isabel. 


Discussion of empty bowls last Friday, totals on everything still pends. 


Request for show information, Kay will demo at the Dallas empty bowl March 10th. Karen discussed juried art show in Bedford by the Bedford Arts Council, 5 different section is ceramics, deadline April 1st.


Main Street Arts Festival has invited the guild back April 22 and 23, weekend after Easter. Volunteers will be needed.


Herb Festival is in May 20 in Fort Worth and Botanical Gardens.


Ron discussed the coming gallery and sale March 25, 10-9, set up on Friday open at 9:00 anytime is fine to set up -  tear down on Sunday. Artist bring their own shelves. Pedestals will be provided for Gallery show.

Duty roaster will be forwarded for the sale.

Gallery show will have prizes for best in show $200 and two runner ups will get $50.00. All spots will be open to all guild members and non members.  FWCAC will be the judges and award the best of prize and runner up selections. Only ceramic and guild member items will be awarded prizes. Min price on any piece submitted must be $50.00. Items submitted do not have to be for sale.


New gallery manager is Mike Levy. FWCAC will provide water, wine and beer and have food trucks for people wanting food. 


American Ceramics will provide sponsorship for the Gallery.


Ron has set up website to include mailing list at 460 members currently.


Ralph discussed Best of Texas of Clay, looking at a title of “Elements and Principals of Ceramics”, wide area that will likely include many aspects of clay art. 

Looking at a student Best of Texas Clay on the alternative years. Will likely start entries in April, with notice at first of March, cut off in June/July for the show in Sept.  Ralph will be the person to send entries.


Ralph then introduced Melba Northum the speaker for the meeting and the meeting was adjourned for the presentation.



Please join us for our speaker Mary Becker at the meeting 3-29

Mary Becker, MFA, BFA 

Born in Pottsville, PA

Army Brat and an Army Wife

Lived in Texas since February 1997

Went to college with my children the first 4 of 6

Spent 25 years doing Early Childhood Education while decorating cakes and illustrating personal holiday cards for my own use and my family’s use.

Graduated from Barstow Community College with a humanities degree summa cum laude.   Moved to San Angelo TX and got my BFA cum laude while there.  Then my husband, youngest daughter and I moved to Denton TX for my grad school.  I received my MFA in ceramics from University of North Texas in 2007.  While at UNT I taught Design 1, Design 2, Drawing 1, and Drawing 2 from 2005 to 2010.  I have taught ceramics at TCCD NE from 2009 to 2016.  I am currently teaching Art Appreciation on line for Ranger College since 2010 and Ceramics at Mountain View College in Dallas where I have been teaching Art Appreciation since 2015.  

I love sculpting and coil-building pottery!  I enjoy all aspects of working with clay.  I love the feeling of the clay on my hands – I love the joy I get as I work out the balance of a sculpture successfully and see it “come to life” with animation and color.  I still occasionally decorate a cake and I still like to paint landscapes and non-objective art works. I am happy with what I do and I truly care about my students.  I want each one to be as successful as they will allow themselves to be.  I see my role as a facilitator to be as important as my role as an instructor.  I also see myself as a lifelong student and continue to study and learn as much as I can - not only about ceramics but many other interests as well.

Andy Warhol has said: "How can you say one style is better than another? You ought to be able to be an Abstract Expressionist next week, or a Pop artist, or a realist, without feeling you've given up something… I think that would be so great, to be able to change styles."

I have from time to time changed my focus on materials and my focus on the building process.  Currently I am all about layering different types of coils and I love the Danish White Clay.


TPSG has selected a new featured artist, Amy Justice. Amy will featured in Guild advertising for the next six months. The "EYE"  will be offered in a drawing to those who signup for our mailing list at the 2017 Spring Gallery Night Sale March 25th. 


Amy Justice is a professional potter, armed with a BA in Fine Arts, and an emphasis in Ceramics. She has been a working artist for more than eight years. When asked why clay, Amy’s response was, it is the most diverse and accurate medium to visually project the inner workings of the craziness in my head.


More of Amy’s work can be seen at


 For members that have ETSY shops and want to connect with other TPSG members that also have ETSY shops, please send your info to Cynthia Brinson @ and I will publish your information in the newsletter so we can all link up and support/follow fellow artists. I personally am a member of both the ETSY mud team and DFW artists. If we wanted we could likely form our own TPSG team and promote our sales to wider audience. 
Welcome new members. Izahia Davalos and Lori Dudley

2017 TPSG Officers

President : Kay Bernier                     
1st Vice President - Membership: Cynthia Brinson
2nd Vice President – Education: Sara Murphy
3rd Vice President – Marketing: Ron Hollister
4th Vice President – Shows and Sales: Ralph Tobin  
Treasurer: Karen Brown

Programs to come include a photography instruction, potters making a living and educators in clay. Any suggestions for speakers is welcomed. Contact Sara h Murphy.
Please join us at our monthly meeting.  The last Wednesday of each month - except December or January.  But other than those months, we'll be meeting at American Ceramics at 7pm.

2442 Ludelle Street  Fort Worth, Texas  76105
Call: 817-535-2651

Are you interested in becoming a member?  Find our membership application here.
$50 regular membership
$35 students enrolled in high school, college or university
or $35 for 70 and older.
(proof may be required if we can't believe you're 70!)

If paying on line at, $2 is added for
processing fee.
Art on the Greene 2017
Location: Richard Greene Linear Park 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, Texas 76011
Show Dates: May 26-28, 2017
Show Hours: Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm,
Sunday 10am-5pm
Application Deadline: 3/29/17 Midnight CST

Art on the Greene takes place in Richard Greene Linear Park, which is located between The Texas Rangers Ballpark and Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Now in its 6th year Art on the Greene will feature up to 125 artists in one of thirteen different categories.

Phone: 817-797-2424
Mostly Clay” Open Call!!! 
Bastrop Clay Arts 2nd Annual Spring Invitational 

Bastrop Clay Arts will sponsor the 2nd annual “Mostly Clay” Spring Invitational on April 7-9, in historic Bastrop, Texas with clay artists and organizers Melanie Shaw, Susan Hanft, and Marie Blazek. This is a dynamic exhibition/market of artwork will include works by approximately twenty artists and will be held at the beautiful Espavo Studio, located at 924 Main Street in Bastrop. Times are Friday evening, 5:30p to 8:30p, Saturday 10:00a to 6:00p, and Sunday noon to 3:00p. Two-dimensional and mixed media artists will be exhibited and artists from the Central Texas area are welcome to submit their works. There will be refreshments, demonstrations and more about the history of clay in the region throughout the event. 

“A pot is a living thing. Its association so markedly human.” Bernard Leach 

For more information contact
Many festival dates are not confirmed for 2017.  Watch these websites for application dates:
2017 Texas Pottery & Sculpture Guild Board Members:
(Photos are their Facebook profile pictures.)

Kay Bernier: 817-681-1335
1st Vice President
Cynthia Brinson: 817-262-2641

Treasurer / Membership
(Financial Whiz)
Karen Brown
2nd Vice-President
Sarah Murphy 817-838-6218
3rd Vice-President
Ron Hollister: 817-366-2244

4th vice president shows and sales
Ralph Tobin
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