This month, five new artists begin their residencies at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. There are many different reasons for them to choose HCCC. Some were drawn to the program by the city of Houston itself, with its vibrant arts scene and cultural community. (In fact, many former resident artists choose to settle here afterwards.) Others are attracted by what our program offers: a monthly and quarterly stipend, studios with 24/7 access, and monthly professional development opportunities. The quality of our program is clearly demonstrated by how applicants are finding us; currently, most are referred by word of mouth from colleagues or instructors. Continue Reading »
Texas is brimming with artists, offering you beautiful work exemplified by individuality and spirit. Check out these fine examples of Texan craft to see how they stand out from the mass-produced, and see why we think buying handmade is the ideal choice for consumers. Continue Reading »
Ashley Powell, HCCC Curatorial Assistant, and Kathryn Hall, HCCC Curatorial Fellow, recently interviewed former resident artist, Christina Carfora, at the end of her residency. Christina is currently living in Denton, Texas, teaching ceramics at Texas Women’s University, working in her studio, and taking graduate classes.
Ashley Powell: We’ve noticed a relationship between your drawings and your ceramic sculptures. Can you tell us how they work together and inform each other?
Yes, the two are definitely very integrally tied together, and, often, when I’m working on a piece, I’ll start with a sketch. However, I sort of vacillate back and forth, and, as I’m working on a drawing, it often inspires other concepts and other pieces. When I’m working on my sculptures, I think of other ideas for drawings. I like this aspect of the drawings because you don’t have to deal with gravity like you do in the very structural ways when making sculptural work. When working on the sculptures, I really like getting the clay in my hands and being able to feel the tactile-ness. I also like the way people emotionally interact with the sculptural work on a different level. Continue Reading »
The holidays have officially arrived, and that means the shopping season has begun! HCCC’s Asher Gallery has a wonderful selection of gifts for all the people in your life who appreciate the handmade. To give you an idea of the wide variety of beautifully crafted objects to choose from, we decided to ask the HCCC staff to share with readers what their favorite gift items are.
Executive Director, Julie Farr, chose Lisa Wilson’s brooch series and said, “Lisa Wilson has pushed her sculptural boundaries into exquisite, delicate glass-enamel work that enhances her metal skills in her Floral Brooch series. And her enamel anvils, embellished with a flower, speak to the Southern women—delicate but, oh, so strong.”
As an educational component of the current exhibition, Ctrl + P, HCCC is hosting a working FDM-based (Fusion Deposition Modeling) 3D printer on loan from TX/RX Labs, a nonprofit hackerspace in Houston. The printer continuously prints plastic manifestations of digital creations during viewing hours. This is the first of many 3D printers that TX/RX Labs is creating and donating to schools in the Houston area as part of its SchoolBOT project, which seeks to increase science and technology interest among children and adults. HCCC’s Ashley Powell asked TX/RX’s Roland Von Kurnatowski III about their cutting-edge organization. Continue Reading »
Earlier this month, HCCC hosted Ethan Lasser, curator of the current exhibition, The Tool at Hand, for a members-only exhibition tour and reception. Lasser is the Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard Art Museums’ Division of European and American Art. He is also the former curator of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he organized The Tool at Hand. HCCC curatorial staff, Ashley Powell and Quinn Hagood, had the chance to briefly interview Lasser during his whirlwind 24-hour trip to Houston. Continue Reading »