Artist Marcus Helton pours his morning cereal into a handcrafted, ash-blackened bowl.

Visitors can view his usable ceramics from mottled, earthy bowls to gleaming, red-hued pitchers through May 11 at the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

He sculpts clay into bowls, cups and plates and glazes them. After they are fired in the wood kiln, ash clings to the glaze in haphazard drifts and swirls.

Helton, of Algoa, works at Custom T’s in Alvin as embroiderer and has taken COM professor George Bowes’ ceramics classes since 2010.

The gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is op en from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and by appointment, in the Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 409-933-8354 or 409-933-8348 or visit

Free workforce safety classes

Learn to avoid fire and environmental regulation violations in two free classes by the Risk Management Institute: Fire Safety in the Workplace on Friday and Environmental Regulations on May 19.

Is your company prepared in case of a fire emergency? This course covers fire hazards, types of fire, prevention of fires, fire extinguisher use, and how to develop and maintain an effective fire emergency evacuation plan. Sherrie Wilson, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration instructor, will teach the class.

Environmental Regulations will cover basic concepts of core environmental regulations such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. Steve Laughlin teaches this course. Laughlin was a guest on the Martha Stewart show and the Dr. Oz show. His engaging presentation is filled with real-world examples and applications.

All classes will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 320 Delany Road in La Marque.

To register, contact SeAlice Hemphill, 409-933-8365 or

COM elected to student government board

COM students will again be ambassadors for community college students on a statewide level.

COM was recently elected to serve as the parliamentarian school for Region V of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association.

“As a member of the parliamentarian school, I hope to learn how to communicate my goals and beliefs to a large group of people, as well as learn how to work better with others to reach a common goal,” said Cameryn Tam, of Friendswood, COM Student Government Association vice president.

As parliamentarian school, the COM Student Government Association is charged with enforcing the provisions of Region V’s bylaws and constitution.

The Texas Junior College Student Government Association provides student leaders with a venue to speak on student issues. During an annual convention the organization passes resolutions on issues affecting students and gives these resolutions to the Texas legislature.

For more information, visit

Inside COM is compiled by the communications office at College of the Mainland.

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