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.


Madison Creech


Madison Creech is a multimedia artist with a dedication to digital fabrication. She received a BFA, as well as a BS, in textile, merchandising, and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University.

Madison’s research involves the parallels between bird migration and her own story of navigating and deciphering what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. Something happens when humans encounter an animal; this exchange cannot be translated into human knowing without distortion or loss.  In her art practice, Madison is constantly searching for tools and symbols to illustrate and challenge the fragmented and confusing relationship between animal and human.

Included in her exhibition record is a Surface Design Association juried exhibition, Explorations, as well as the juried public art show, Prints in Peculiar Places, for the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference.  She held a residency at the nationally recognized Techshop in Chandler, Arizona, where she received comprehensive training on digital equipment, as well as general wood- and metal-shop equipment.

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

Above, from top to bottom: Madison Creech. Photo by Matthew Creech. Madison Creech, "Black White and Grey," detail. Screen-printed cotton. 11 x 26 feet. 2015. Photo by Madison Creech.


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.


Carolyn Watkins


Carolyn Watkins is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her BFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.  She received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2015.

Carolyn has exhibited nationally in exhibitions, such as Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation, and at venues including the Jung Center in Houston, Texas, and the Indiana University Museum of Fine Arts.  She has completed multiple ceramic artist residencies, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and the Mendocino Arts Center in California. She has also studied ceramics at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.

Carolyn works primarily in hand-built ceramics. Clay is her chosen medium because she is drawn to the archival nature of ceramics and is fascinated by its ubiquity in people’s lives as an interface with the physical environment. Her forms are inspired by the human form and by historical ceramic vessels.

Carolyn will be with HCCC from June through August, 2016. To learn more about her work, please visit


Above, from top to bottom: Carolyn Watkins. Photo courtesy the artist. Carolyn Watkins, "Bud Vase." Stoneware, slip, glaze. 12 x 7 x 7 inches. 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.

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