Current Artists-In-Residence

Natasha Hovey

Natasha Hovey


Natasha Hovey was born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa. She received her BFA from The University of Iowa in 2011 and recently received her MFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As a sculptor working in ceramics, Natasha is driven to explore the body’s internal systems at a microscopic level, utilizing the concept of the multiple through a slip-casting process. Curiosity of human physiology motivates her to explore the unfamiliar workings and genetic mappings within the human body, specifically her own genetic variations. Her work is influenced by historical anatomical imagery, as well as contemporary computer-generated models that abstract raw organic matter into two-dimensional form.

Natasha has recently exhibited work at the MANA Contemporary in Chicago and the Glassell School of Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been awarded the University Wide Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, the Iowa Center for the Arts Council Award, and The University of Iowa Emerging Artist Scholarship. This past summer, she attended a ten-week residency at Sunday Morning @ European Work Center in the Netherlands, through NCECA’s International Residency Program.

She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about her work, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Natasha Hovey. Photo courtesy the artist. Natasha Hovey, "6P° 21’ DQ2’’" (detail), 2014. Casted ceramic, cement, foam, paper, cable, hardware,wood. 2014. Photo by Jim Escalante.


Jera Rose Petal Lodge


Jera Rose Petal Lodge is a jewelry designer who works primarily with steel and silver. Her wire-based artworks range from small-scale production and limited-edition work to large-scale, sculptural jewelry pieces. The forms she uses are frequently geometric in nature, utilizing patterns and repetition to create bold graphic shapes. Design and function are Jera’s primary concerns, and the strength and durability of steel allows her to create forms that are lightweight and visually delicate, yet sturdy and easily wearable. She often uses cold connections to introduce elements of motion, sound and playfulness into her jewelry.

Jera received her BFA in jewelry/metalsmithing from Edinboro University in 2012. Since graduating, she has worked as a jewelry production assistant, as a summer studio technician at Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, and, most recently, as a summer staff assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Craft. In 2013, she started her studio jewelry business and exhibited in Craft Boston’s Spring Show as an invited artist. She was recently published in 500 Art Jewelry Necklaces.

During her residency at HCCC, Jera plans to continue with her current bodies of work, dealing with jewelry as a set of non-static objects whose significance can change when placed on or removed from the body. She will also pursue new work that explores the pluralistic results of individual creative decisions that occur during the process of making. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through April, 2015. To learn more about Jera, visit

Above, from top to bottom: Jera Rose Petal Lodge. Photo by Amanda Shackleford. Jera Rose Petal Lodge, "Glamour Deluxe: Black & Gold," 2014. Steel, faux gold bead. Photo by Jera Rose Petal Lodge.


Sarah S. Mallory


Sarah S. Mallory is a multi-media fiber and book artist who has spent the past year creating artwork for exhibition and publication across the country and in the New York area.

Born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Sarah received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.  Upon graduating, Sarah was the recipient of the Fred A. Hillbruner Undergraduate Fellowship for her achievements in book arts, as well as the William Merchant R. French Undergraduate Fellowship for her achievements in fiber and material studies.

Influenced by off-campus study at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, Sarah began to infuse her book arts and fiber practice with the complex patterns, textures, and details of the natural world. By intricately cutting, layering, and stitching various colors of paper, Sarah creates illustration series, books, and large-scale installations that provide a whimsical lens into our surroundings on Earth and, occasionally, other fictional lands.

During her eight-month residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sarah will continue to pursue her book-making practice and investigate “unbound” formats and larger scale installed-paper narratives influenced by the natural world. She will be with HCCC through August, 2015.  To learn more about her work, visit

Above, from top to bottom: Sarah S. Mallory. Photo courtesy the artist. Sarah S. Mallory, “Arctic Ocean,” 2014. Hand-cut paper. Photo by the artist.

Colette Spears

Collette Spears


Collette Spears hails from Indiana, where she received her BFA in ceramics and BA in psychology from Ball State University in 2014. She worked as an educational assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts during the summer of 2013 and has spent time assisting renowned kiln builder, Ted Neal, with kilns for various clay studios in Indiana, Kentucky, California, and British Columbia.

In her work, Collette explores how art serves as a therapeutic expulsion for the body and mind through process. As someone who has worked to cope with generalized anxiety, finding a healthy outlet for excess energy is essential. She translates psychological tension into clay work, via carving, pattern and form, placing great emphasis on precision and craft. She explores concepts of perfectionism, connection, and vulnerability and is learning to embrace struggle as a critical part of a fulfilling, productive lifestyle. During her one-year residency, she will continue to develop a balance of pattern and form in her work, strengthen concepts, and hopefully find inspiration within the other artistic disciplines represented at HCCC.

Collette has exhibited nationally and was the 2014 NICHE Award Student Winner of the Ceramics: Sculptural category. She was also a NICHE finalist in two other categories and a Windgate Fellowship nominee. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about Collette, visit

Above, from top to bottom: Collette Spears. Photo courtesy the artist. Collette Spears, "Kitchen and Jar Set" (detail), 2014. Clay. Photo by Serena Nancarrow.

Rena Wood

Rena Wood


Rena Wood is a fiber artist from St. Louis, MO. She received her BFA in fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006 and earned her MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. While in graduate school, Rena received a graduate thesis assistantship and a research grant for travel to London to participate in a workshop at the Royal School of Needlework. Rena has completed artist residencies at the Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design in St. Louis, MO; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; and the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, ME.

Working primarily with textile materials and processes, Rena’s work “gives physical form to the ephemeral sense of memory.” Often using vintage materials, she combines her own history with that of a previous maker. “The time I spend working is marked by each stitch, each knot, and each repetitive act of my hands. I construct and deconstruct my materials to show a suspension between formation and falling apart, the acts of remembering and forgetting, and to represent time passing and time stopped.”

During her year-long residency at HCCC, Rena plans to expand her studio practice to develop large installations with textile materials and spend time on her labor-intensive stitched work. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. For more information, visit

Above, from top to bottom: Rena Wood. Photo courtesy the artist. Rena Wood, "Fabricated Perspective" (detail), 2014. Vintage lace, thread, felt. 9 x 8 feet. Photo by Rena Wood.