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Houston Breakthrough 1979-07 - 1979-08 - Page 18. July 1979 - August 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1537/show/1526.

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-07 - 1979-08
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date July 1979 - August 1979
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript o > clay gallery opens by Velma Cato As far as Ethel Bilyeu knows, there is no other clay gallery in the country. Bilyeu plans to introduce the Phoenix Gallery to the community in late July. It will deal exclusively with porcelain and pottery as an art. "We will have the works of ceramicists (who are) contributing unique styles to the field of clay work," Bilyeu says proudly. She worked hard to get ready for her opening (July 21). Bilyeu paneled, painted, wired the gallery for indirect lighting and built the display pedestals for the work. "I didn't know how to do any of this (before); but no one was going to do it for free, and I couldn't really afford to pay someone." So she learned new skills and together with some pottery students, their parents and a few friends, the work got done. At age 37, Ethel Bilyeu is getting to know herself, but she says she doesn't know if the revelation would have come on its own. "Eight months ago my husband left me, so I had to fend for myself, and that was frightening. I can't ever remember being alone." Bilyeu has been married twice and has three children: 18-year-old twin daughters and a nine-year-old son. "There has always been someone around, which has been my affliction. Now the focus is on me. Sure, I still have the kids, but there's more time for me." Although she was initially unprepared to deal with the dislocations in her personal life, she did have the advantage of owning her own business. "I had something to build on. I was already in business, (even though) my earnings didn't make me economically independent." Bilyeu owned and operated Pottery Works in the same location as her new gallery (South Shepherd at Bissonnet), and taught pottery in the back room of her shop. "That was mostly a hobby. Teaching pottery helped pay the rent." Now Bilyeu needs more than just to pay the shop rent. So she set about obtaining other survival skills. "I enrolled in two courses: an automotive repair class and a self-defense course." During this time the concept of a ceramics gallery came to her. Pottery has been considered more craft than art. But Bilyeu says, "All of that is changing. Pottery is finally being recognized as a legitimate medium of creativity. It takes just as much skill and ingenuity as painting and sculpturing. Robbin Hopper of Canada, one of the artists in the opening show, is acclaimed as a master in the making of porcelain. "He is one of the few potters who has learned to control coloring in the firing process," Bilyeu notes. "Hopper's work has officially gained the label of art by his peers and the U.S. Customs Office, which certifies imported pieces and affixes their value." Bilyeu's opening features the works of national and international award winning ceramicists. She is particularly pleased with her Raku pieces. The Raku process requires that the clay be slowly fired until red-hot. It is then placed in reduction, along with newspapers or hay, to cool HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 18 JULY/AUGUST 1979