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2024 Texas Ceramics Symposium

Belonging in Contemporary Native American Ceramics

2024 Texas Ceramics Symposium

February 23-24, 2024

2024 Ceramics Symposium

The School of Art Ceramics area is proud to present the 2024 Texas Ceramics Symposium, inviting professional and student ceramists from Texas and the surrounding states to engage in two-days of conference and conversation on the topic of "belonging" in Native American ceramic practice. Belonging encompasses myriad relations among people, places, materials, and other inhabitants of our world; it is a richness of mutual obligation and reciprocity. Ceramics transform place, as the many artists who dig and process their own clay know. 


We are delighted to present Karita Coffey (Comanche) in conversation with Anita Fields (Osage/Muscoge) during the opening keynote event for the Symposium on Friday, February 23rd.  The keynote event will be followed by a reception for the exhibition BELONGING: Contemporary Native Ceramics from the Southern Plains in the galleries of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. These events are free and open to the general public.

The second day of the symposium will feature a panel conversation with the artists in the exhibition, a presentation on Indigenous Futurism by Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Caddo), and additional activities including a demonstration of a traditional Caddo pit firing of a clay vessel. See full schedule below.

ATTENDEE EXHIBITION: Symposium attendees are encouraged to bring a ceramic artwork (no bigger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches) for the Symposium Attendee Exhibition. There will also be an opportunity for symposium attendees to sign up to particpate in a Portfolio Slide Slam, in which each artist has 10 minutes to present 20 slides of their current work.

Von Venhuizen


Contact the Symposium Coordinator

Von Venhuizen
Associate Professor of Ceramics