ClayThings Studio, 1366 Ben Mar Overlook, Cove, Texas

281-303-0279; mblanders@verizon.net; facebook.com/cottonlakepottery

ClayThings is the official name of my business but since our move to Cove, Texas in 2001 where we built our home overlooking Cotton Lake, I decided to name the pottery making part of the business Cotton Lake Pottery.  There is much more to ClayThings than just the pottery.  I give lessons in working with clay; create sculpture; make ornaments; plan workshops; and have a pottery shop.  Lessons can be for either making pottery or sculpture.

Come to My Studio and Look through the Selection I Have for Sale. Buy Direct from the Potter Heself and You'll Always Get a Better Price Than through a Gallery. Call First - 281-303-0279

Before November of 2013, I had never heard of a yarn bowl but now I cannot keep enough of them made.  Never realized how many people love to knit and want these items which are hard to find.  Contact me if you are interested in getting one.  I ship a lot of pottery all over the United States.  I've shipped pots to Canada and China, New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Maine and all over Texas. If you live in the Houston area, check out Twisted Yarns in Spring Texas.  They sell my yarn bowls. 

This is a custom order - cookie jars for Michael Savino, owner of Michael's Cookie Jar , 5330 Weslayan St. in Houston, Texas. Great Cookies Too!

ClayThings is conveniently located one mile south of Interstate10 at exit #800 coming from the west and exit #803 coming from the east.  We are five minutes from either exit.  If you are a collector and are traveling this direction, you should stop by and take a look but call first or you'll just have my seconds to choose from, located outside where you can drop payment for them in the mailbox right there next to the pottery shelf.

My Sculpture and Pottery is also for Sale through the Art Center of Baytown, 110 West Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas, 281-427-2222, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4 pm

Here are some sculptural pieces I've been working on.  Both "Hoggo" and "Saint Mark" took Best of Show in a recent competiton in Baytown - "Face Off" a 3D competition in the challenge of both implied or actual masks.  Juror, Richard Williams wanted to recognize the skill of both masks and so gave the first place award for a "Body of Work".

"Hoggo", clay slab mask, implied, debris ash glaze

"Saint Mark", clay slab implied mask, wood ash glaze

Extended Holiday Hours until December 23rd. Monday-Saturday, 10-4 pm; Sunday, 1-6 pm

My pottery selection is constantly changing and I do custom orders too.  All glazes are lead free, dishwasher and microwave safe.

 The Gallery at the Art Center of Baytown is open year round and exhibits for sale the work of over thirty local artists.  You can find paintings in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, and charcoal sketches.  Among other media you will find functional and decroative clay pottery and sculpture, photography, original jewelry creations, wood sculpture, stained glass, painted porcelain and a variety of other media that changes throughout the year.  It is well worth your while to make the trip out to Baytown for the day but not on a Monday as many shops are closed that day.  There are restaurants close by as well as the Baytown Historical Museum, the Wetlands Center less than a mile away, a classic saddle and western wear shop, and several antique shops.  I always have a good selection of quality, hand made pottery and sculpture.  

Mid-November, Christmas Gallery Opening at the Art Center of Baytown.  Runs through the end of December. 

December 8, 2012 - "Christmas on Texas Avenue" - all day event with many vendors selling arts and crafts, gift items, food, classic car show, new car models, entertainment, pictures with Santa, face painting, ornament design, magic and much, much more.  Please consult christmas-on-texas-avenue.com

 Ongoing:  The Art Center of Baytown, business hours, Wed-Sat, 10-4 pm.

 Holiday Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 10-6 pm; Sunday, 1-6 pm.

Marsha Geer Landers has considered herself an artist most all her life, recalling her love of mud, crayons, coloring books and plain paper when nothing else was available. She loved nature and its beauty and was fortunate to live in rural areas where she could wander barefooted for distances that parents no longer allow their children to trek. It was different back then. But always she drew pictures of trees, birds, animals, flowers, flood waters and sometimes people though the latter were not quite as interesting to her.  She especially loved playing in the mud and perhaps that is why clay became a passion over her initial two dimensional medium of drawing and painting.

 Upon graduating from high school, Marsha attended college, met her future husband, married, began a family and so left her education on a back burner two years after high school. But in 1979, she returned to college and this time around it was for fun.  She took some courses she wanted to take and not necessarily for any particular degree plan. That is where she had an introduction to the ceramic medium and her first teacher, Jack McClendon, greatly influenced her. Marsha pursued more art courses and eventually earned her Bachelor's and then a Master of Arts, Humanities. She also credits one of her university professors, Nick de Vries, for her continued direction in the ceramic medium, for that has given her greater insight to the history of the world and for Marsha, more importantly, this nation, America, which has been home to her ancestors since 1638.

 "You'd be surprised what you can learn when you get into people's kitchens, the utensils they used, and the food they ate.  The best way to study the history of any country is to study the ceramic vessels or other means of storing food for their various civilizations."

 Marsha became a member of the Houston Potters Guild Shop, Inc. in 1992 and remained with that business until it closed in 2011. Currently, she has her work for sale at The Art Center of Baytown, located at 110 W. Texas Avenue in Baytown, Texas. It is the home of the Art League of Baytown.  Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10 - 4 p.m. with special occasions having extended hours. Telephone is 281-427-2222.

 Marsha's work can also be found at Shadow Box Gallery and Frame Shop, 23858, Highway 59 N., Kingwood, Texas 77339.

 Marsha is a lifetime member of CAMEO (Clay Arts Museum and Educational Organization), The University of Houston, Clear Lake, Student/Alumni Art Association, Salt Grass Potters, and the Art League of Baytown

 Cotton Lake Pottery is a part of Marsha's ClayThings Sculpture Studio and both are located in Cove, Texas. 

The Art Center of Baytown

Located at 110 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas, the Art League of Baytown currently has on exhibit the work of over twenty artists to include paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, greeting cards, and mixed media sculpture.

The Art League offers classes in watercolor and acrylic, children's art, "Girl's Night Out" art workshops, greeting cards. 

 We hold an annual "Parade of Road Kill Chairs" in October and invite anyone to participate.  No cash prizes but it is fun to see how people can take an old chair that is doomed for the dump and make it into something spectacular.

 Please check out the section on The Art Center of Baytown for additional events coming up.