What happened today, Gilbert?

Posted October 21, 2015 in Blog

By Ann Morton

In contemplating the What Happened Today? project, I hoped that maybe, just maybe, someone would be inspired to write a note on multiple days to chronicle their own life and become an active part of this effort. I got my wish, but from a quite unexpected source. It may surprise many to learn that a number of our 3 x 3 notes have been returned by prisoners in the Harris County and Montgomery County jails. Continue Reading »

Ann Morton: Assembly Process

Posted September 15, 2015 in Blog

Now the long awaited assembly has begun for the What Happened Today? exhibition textiles, we thought we’d share a few photos of the assembly process for you to see.

There are two kinds of textiles that will be formed from the amazing contributions from the citizens of Houston – a delicate, quilt-like textile using the thousand-plus 3″ x 3″ notes submitted over the last six months; and a thick, tufted rug-like textile made from the woven newspaper modules that groups and individuals have spent so much time making during the course of this project. Even at this point, the end product is still formulating, as we await the final collection and count of all the elements that have amassed since February. Continue Reading »

Ann Morton: Community and Process

Posted June 25, 2015 in Blog

When visitors experience the What Happened Today? exhibition that will be on view at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft starting September 18th of this year, they will encounter a physical object – a deeply textural  and, I daresay, unusual textile. Made up of the daily writings of a wide cross-section of Houstonians, and also the hooked-rug-handiwork of a diverse collection of groups city-wide, this sculptural expression will be a rich, and interesting object to experience!


Artist Ann Morton, and HCCC Exhibitions Intern, Madeleine Sanchez. Photo by Kim Coffman.

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Ann Morton: What Happened Today?

Posted May 20, 2015 in Blog

Embarking on a project such as the What Happened Today? exhibition leaves the richness of the outcome up to the members of the public who get involved. This can be unnerving, but in the case of the citizens of Houston, the results are every bit as interesting as we’d hoped. With the generous partnership of the Houston Chronicle, we expect thousands of notes to make their way to HCCC through July.
We’d like to share just a few out of hundreds of 3”x 3” notes that have been submitted so far. Enjoy the texture of what has been shared–the character of the handwriting, the thoughts–and most of all, what happened on these days.

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Staff Picks for Holiday Gifts!

Posted November 25, 2014 in Blog

Read what the HCCC staff has to say about some of their favorite gift items from Asher Gallery.


Brian Ferrell, “Scotch Whiskey Set.” Pewter, Mahogany, Maple, Rubber. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

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Q&A with Our Volunteers

Posted November 19, 2014 in Blog

Among the many reasons to celebrate this month, we will be honoring HCCC volunteers during the Asher Holiday Soiree on November 20. Our volunteers are the people that keep us running–providing administrative support, pouring drinks, leading tours, and filling a wide variety of other needs. We asked several of our volunteers to tell us why they donate their time for HCCC.

Jon Emmanual

Jon Emmanual volunteers regularly at Hands-on Houston events. Photo by HCCC.

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Kathryn Hall on “In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists”

Posted October 29, 2014 in Blog

We asked HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Kathryn Hall, to give us her thoughts on the current exhibition, In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists, on view now through December 19, 2014.


Christina Carfora, “Invasion of a New Environment”, 2014. Stain, underglaze and glaze on ceramic. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

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Elizabeth Kozlowski on “CraftTexas 2014”

Posted October 14, 2014 in Blog

We recently asked HCCC Curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, to give us her thoughts on the current exhibition, CraftTexas 2014, on view now through December 24, 2014.


Award of Merit Winner: Olivia Neal, “Tropophobia”, 2012. Handwoven Jaquard cloth, artificial sinew, lanyard, re-recorded cassette tape with Shangrilas’ “Walking in the Sand.” 8 feet, 6 inches x 3 feet. Photo by Olivia Neal.

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A New Cycle Begins

Posted September 11, 2014 in Blog


Jera Lodge in her studio at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

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 »

Buying Handmade in Texas

Posted August 14, 2014 in Blog

Harlan Butt, "Horned Toad Vessel #3." Metal. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Harlan Butt, “Horned Toad Vessel #3.” Metal. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

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 »