Current Artists-In-Residence


Susan Budge


Susan Budge was born in 1959, in Midland, TX, and grew up in Crane, TX; Carlsbad, NM; Monahans, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; and Albuquerque, NM. In 1983 she earned a BFA in Ceramics at Texas Tech University, moved to Houston, and worked as a flight attendant while attending University of Houston Clear Lake. After earning her MA she was awarded two Artist in Education Grants from the Texas Commission for the Arts. During that time, she discovered her love for teaching. She taught at San Jacinto College in Houston, then moved to San Antonio College, became Head of Ceramics, received tenure, and earned a MFA at UTSA and earned full professor.

In the thirty-eight years that she has worked in clay, she has had 30 solo exhibitions and has been included in hundreds of invitational/juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Susan has work in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Greece, The United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, The San Angelo Museum of Art, the Art Museum at Northern Arizona State University, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Susan has received public commissions for Brackenridge Park, The South Texas Center for Blood and Tissue, and Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio, Texas. Corporate Collections include Tessoro, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Five States Energy. Her recent museum exhibitions include The Nave Museum, The Goddard Museum, The Art Museum of South Texas, The Beeville Art Museum, and The Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Susan has also shown with Avis Frank Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and City Hall in Houston, as well as with The Plaza Club, Cinnabar, and Dock Gallery in San Antonio.

Susan will be retiring from San Antonio College in 2015 and moving with her son to Houston for a year long residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She will be at HCCC from September 2015 through August 2016. To learn more about her work visit,

Above, from top to bottom: Susan Budge. Photo by Ansen Seale. Susan Budge, "Teal Cut Form," 2014. Ceramic, 50" x 16" x 7". Photo by Ansen Seale.


Julia Gabriel


Julia Gabriel is a handbag designer and maker from Houston, Texas. She began her artistic training in ballet at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, but found she was more drawn to mending the costumes and fixing sewing machines than being on stage. Her desire to create brought her to the Craft & Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her BFA in 2011. After graduating, Houston called her back home.

In August 2014, Julia launched her brand, Julia Gabriel Studio, with her first collection (Fall/Winter 2014) of handbags, backpacks, and small goods. Using principles from architecture with the precision and elegance of ballet, Julia designs handmade accessories with striking geometric silhouettes in a bold palette. Everything from dyeing to cutting to sewing is done by hand, and made-to-order. The success of her new brand has been recognized by several local publications including Houstonia Magazine and the Houston Press, as well as some international publications and blogs.

During her yearlong residency at HCCC, Julia will be sewing each bag from her current collection while designing and prototyping for the next season. She will be with HCCC from September 2015 through August 2016. To learn more about her work, please visit http:/

Above, from top to bottom: Julia Gabriel. Photo by Alex Barber. Julia Gabriel, "Rec Crossbody," Spring/Summer 2015. 9" x 2" x 6". Vegetable tanned leather, 100% cotton canvas, brass hardware, nylon strap. Photo by Joshua Anderson & Tyler Swanner.


Rene Lee Henry


Rene Lee Henry was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, and relocated to San Diego, California in 1990. She has been a professional graphic designer for the past nine years, but is striving to shift her primary career to full-time jeweler. She received her BA in Fine Arts with honors from San Diego State University in 2013, where she was the recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship Award, and received scholarships from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Rene is co-founder of VAR Collective; a group of makers that exchange ideas as well as creating and promoting group projects and exhibitions in San Diego. Her individual work has been selected for exhibitions across the United States, published in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces by Lark publishing; and was the recipient of San Diego State University Student Exhibition President’s Award.

She currently has a studio practice making one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry in San Diego, but will be temporarily relocating to Houston, Texas to participate in Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Artist Residency Program January through May 2016. While at HCCC, Rene will be focusing on new work pushing the focus beyond its current emphasis on formal elements to encompass a greater depth of meaning through personal narrative. This work will be based upon her fascination of modern day ruins and the “relics” left behind. To learn more about her work, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Rene Lee Henry. Photo courtesy the artist. Rene Lee Henry, "Collapse Production Series." 2015. Steel, resin, vegan leather. Photo courtesy the artist.


Younha Jung


Younha was born in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States in 2012. She graduated from Silla University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. Earlier this year, she obtained an additional Master of Fine Arts from Kent University.

Younha specializes in wearable modern jewelry. Her work expresses emotional changes that humans feel as part of a course of adaptation to the change in their surroundings. Currently, she is making jewelry made from re-purposed steel and found objects collected from a particular building. She believes that these materials represent the environment and situation in which they were found, and the artwork she creates with them expresses a point of view as an insider/outsider about a particular place in time.

Her work is both site specific, yet universal, because the materials and found objects she uses are commonplace and familiar. Her goal is to reconfigure them in surprising ways; therefore, a new environment and a place where she can focus on her work are essential for her future artwork.

She will be with HCCC from August 2015 through May 2016. To learn more about her work, please visit http:/

Above, from top to bottom: Younha Jung. Photo courtesy the artist. Younha Jung, "VDH 103," 2015. Steel, steel mesh, pvc, found object, powder coating. Photo courtesy the artist.


Wen-Dan Lin


Wen-Dan Lin was born in Taiwan and raised as a bilingual man. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 and recently received his MFA from Arizona State University. He exhibited at the National Student Juried Exhibition at the 2015 NCECA conference in Rhode Island, and recently won the Zahner Art and Sculpture Competition where he had a sculpture enlarged and fabricated by the architecture firm Zahner.

Wen-Dan’s work is about finding solace in the everyday; not burdened by the circumstances that defined us, nor biased towards the agents that enforce it, the act of transforming mundane objects into novelties serves as a metaphor for freedom beyond confining conditions. Clay is a humble material that offers the freedom of manipulation, providing the ability to disguise itself as other substances. His goal is to utilize this quality and mimic ordinary materials to emphasize the beauty of the mundane.

During his yearlong residency at the HCCC, Wen-Dan plans to explore different installation methods, as well as expand his visual vocabulary. He will be with HCCC from September 2015 through August 2016. For more information, visit

Above, from top to bottom: Wen-Dan Lin. Photo courtesy the artist. Wen-Dan Lin, "MER Justice," (detail). 2015. Ceramic, skateboard, trucks, and wheels. 8” x 36”. Photo courtesy the artist.

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