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Below are links to and brief information about community organizations in which I am involved, galleries through which I sell my work, and lastly my artist wife Carolyn Dahl.

Empty Bowls Houston
With Lydia Busch and Marie Weichmann, I co-founded Empty Bowls Houston, holding our first event in 2005. Houston's 13th annual Empty Bowls event was held on June 3, 2017, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Potters, woodturners, and other media artists generously donated more than 1800 bowls! Bowl and artwork sales combined with sponsorships surpassed $100,000, all of which goes to the Houston Food Bank. This is equivalent to more than 300,000 meals for those in the Greater Houston area whose bowls would otherwise be empty. Thanks to everyone who "took a bite out of hunger." Thanks to our sponsors Whole Foods Market, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Ceramic Store, The Mad Potter, several generous individuals, and others. Thanks to all the terrific bowl artists, to Archway Gallery artists, to demonstrators, and our musicians. Special Thanks to our fabulous steering committee, who are individually and together, among the best teams I've ever worked with.

2018's Empty Bowls Houston will be held on Saturday, June 3, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

For more information about Empty Bowls and the Houston Food Bank, visit
(Photo courtesy of Paula Murphy) (Photo courtesy of Paula Murphy)

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is one of Houston's vital gems. The Center includes rotating exhibitions of national and regional craft, the Asher Gallery for retail sales, educational and outreach programs, and six resident artist studios. I was a docent for 12 years, artist-in-residence, and a Board member for 6 years, and my wife, Carolyn Dahl, served on the Advisory Council and two key committees for 10 years.

ClayHouston is the guild for clay artists – potters and sculptors – in Houston and Southeast Texas with the mission of promoting community through meetings and networking, encouraging professional development through workshops, programs, and exhibitions, and educating the public about ceramics and Houston-area ceramic artists.

Galleries and Shops

Copper Shade Tree Gallery
Copper Shade Tree Gallery is located in the heart of the historic town square of Round Top, Texas. The gallery features a large variety of decorative and functional crafts handmade by Texas artisans. Debbie and Gerald Tobola are wonderful people and will welcome you warmly and help you select your special gifts for others and for yourself. Gerald is an excellent coppersmith himself.
Asher Gallery-Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Asher Gallery offers an exceptional variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, and home decor by local, national, and international artists who work in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood, including many artists featured in the Center's exhibitions.

The Path of Tea
The Path of Tea, run by Chris McKann, is my favorite spot for loose-leaf organic teas as well as for an occasional quiet meditative pot of tea and journal writing or contemplate conversation. In addition to teas, Chris sells teapots, teabowls, and other tea items, including mine.

Carolyn Dahl
Carolyn Dahl is an artist, author, teacher, and poet. Her artwork has emphasized hand-dyed and hand-painted textiles, dyed paper baskets, nature prints on paper and fabric, and art quilts. She is the author of Transforming Fabric, a book that describes a variety of techniques for dyeing and painting fabric, and Natural Impressions, which both describes and inspires how to utilize available objects from Nature like leaves and flowers and even fish and butterfly wings to print onto paper and fabric, and in March 2014, The Painted Door Opened, a poetry and art book co-authored with Carolyn Florek. Carolyn also won the Grand Prize in an ekphrastic poetry competition co-sponsored by Public Poetry and Museum of Fine Arts - Houston. Carolyn and I have collaborated on creating pots that take advantage of her tantalizing talents with color and design. In 2011, we had a two-person show at Houston's 18 Hands Gallery entitled "Solos and Duets: Works in Clay and Cloth", the Solos being Carolyn's art quilts and my pots, the Duets our collaborative ceramics. See our Duets at the Collaboration Gallery page.
To learn more about Carolyn, her books, and her art quilts and other artworks, visit

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