2015 ASHER GALLERY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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Asher Gallery, located within Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, is a remarkable destination to find the perfect gift, collect the newest artist, and learn more about artists and craft making.  Please note: some items have limited availability.

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WOVEN CUFFS | $200 – $380
Tana Acton, “Basic Woven Cuffs.”
Gold filled wire, sterling silver, turquoise, pearls and malachite.
Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Through her unique perspective as both a dancer and choreographer, Tana Acton combines air, movement and light to create pieces that are at once delicate and solid. Her contemporary jewelry can be worn casually or dressed up. Each piece of fine art jewelry is created from a single “thread” of precious metal; either sterling silver, 12k gold-filled, or copper. The filament is wrapped precisely and tautly on a frame structure or “loom.” The pieces may or may not have a kinetic element housed in the structure or riding on the crossing wires. The “fabric” created has a faceted effect from the light finding each individual crossing, yet leaving space and air to breathe through each piece.

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WACKY BOX | $75
Margaret Berrier, “Wacky Wyoming Box.”
Enameled copper and silver, cardboard.
Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Native American petroglyphs and pictographs caught Margaret Berrier’s interest when she participated in a field trip in 1986 to sites in Utah. Since then, she has continued to research, record and photograph other rock art sites in throughout the western United States as well as Mexico, Australia, Spain, Egypt, Scandinavia, and Italy. Her work is inspired by actual images made by ancient peoples. Looking for petroglyphs and pictographs is an adventure! Her work is made by piercing, sawing, construction, forming, enameling, and etching. Berrier feels like the ancient artists are trying to communicate with us and she tries to make each piece a spiritual creation as well as an artistic one.

BLOWN GLASS GIFTS | $46 & $88
Bill Burch, “Ruffle Vase” & “Cream and Sugar Set.”
Blown glass. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Bill Burch finds there is nothing quite as exciting as shaping and forming molten glass; a material you can never actually touch despite the tender and intimate relationship with the medium. No piece is ever quite reproducible or predictable which adds to the excitement and mystery of glass. Burch’s work (available online and in-store) emphasizes the process of blowing and forming hot glass using design elements that can be incorporated into the molten material. His challenge is to add these designs and still maintain the integrity of the process by capturing the beauty implicit in the simplest form, line and color.

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PERFORATED EARRINGS | $150
Kat Cole, “Perforated Structure Earrings.”
Steel and silver. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Kat Cole finds meaning and connection through the observance of places she inhabits. Natural landscape, architecture, color palette and distinct regional culture are channeled into her work along with the anti-aesthetic aspects of a place: the abandoned buildings and factories, scrap yards, piles of trash. Using found materials in her work allows Cole to create a direct connection between art, object and place.  The tins, rusty bolts, scraps of plastic and metal are transformed in conjunction with vitreous enamel and steel– the world’s most recycled metal–to make jewelry and sculpture distinctly of a place and time.

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FROGGY BOWL | $360
Louise Fischer Cozzi, “Froggy Bowl.”
Polymer clay. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Louise Fisher Cozzi’s work involves surface design and its manipulation to pose visual questions concerning perception and curvature. To achieve this goal, Cozzi employs an intricate series of complex steps involving etching, image transfer and silk screening to reach a surface of infinite depth and mystery. Each piece of jewelry is handmade from polymer clay: an incredible synthetic material with chameleon-like properties. Color and texture variations are a natural part of the process. Polymer is very durable. If and when needed, polish gently with a soft cloth.

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HOOP EARRINGS | $120
Duo Duet, “Flutter Hoop Earrings.”
Suede and silver. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Benoit and Meghan’s paths converged at the Rhode Island School of Design where they fell in love. Benoit first suggested exploring Ultrasuede because of its lightweight and amazing colors. Their intent was to push the 2D material to evolve into 3D sculptural pieces. Inspired by origami, nature, repetitious shapes and patterns, ideas began to flow and the first designs were created. Duo Duet is shaped by clean, minimal aesthetic and their method of approaching design through experimentation. Their pieces are defined by all of the unique details such as materials chosen, clasps and mechanics. The local arts scene helps to support and inspire Benoit and Meghan in their business of Duo Duet.

LATTICE BASKET VASE | $350
Terry Hagiwara, “Lattice Vase.”
Ceramic. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Terry Hagiwara works with high-fire stonewares and sometimes wood fire, but more often with raku firing. With raku, he uses glazes, whether metallic copper or crackle white, in simple geometric surface designs.  He also uses a process he calls “jade finish,” during which he omits any glaze and instead burnishes, applies slip, then removes the slip after raku-firing. A selection of Terry’s work is available in our online shop and in-store.

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FLUTED BOWL | $70
Jason Kishell, “Fluted Bowl.”
Ceramic. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

As a young child Jason Kishell could transform into any animal. He spent several years as a mad scientist and a few more as a ninja. Kishell managed a graveyard of dead bugs entombed in coffins made by rolling mud into a ball and creating a hole with his thumb. The common thread in Kishell’s childhood occupations was an interest in the unknown, fantasy and transformation. The creative work he makes as an adult is very much rooted in these same interests. The cyclical quality of life and the role of humanity within the natural world dominate his conceptual themes. He examines the contrasting forces of life and death and how much they are nearly the same.  Kishell also explores the relationship that humans have with nature; specifically through scientific study and adventure.

GEOMETRIC JEWELRY | $230 & $395
Jera Rose Petal Lodge, “Angled Fan Necklace” & “Five Felt Bracelet”
Necklace: silver and steel. Bracelet: steel and felt. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Jera Rose Petal Lodge is a jewelry designer working to create steel and silver wire-based artworks. Her pieces range from small scale production and limited edition work to large scale sculptural jewelry pieces. The forms Lodge uses are frequently geometric in nature which utilizes patterns and repetition to create bold, graphic shapes.  Design and function are her 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. Lodge often uses cold connections to introduce elements of motion, sound and playfulness into her jewelry. A limited selection of Jera’s work is available in our Asher Gallery Online Shop, and also in-store.

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FLEECE TOYS | $50 & $29
Joelle Medici, “Oddvark” &  “Murray, the Small Penguin.”
Fleece, child safety eyes, and polyester fill. Photo by HCCC.

While working on her design degree at the University of Memphis, Joelle Medici began making little creatures from fabric sample scraps. They were great for fun and made unique gifts and stocking stuffers. Now, Medici loves leaving them for thank-you gifts when staying with friends–and still puts them in everyone’s stockings! While each of Mr. Sogs Creatures may be similar, their handmade nature leaves each with its own unique personality. Creatures are made of new anti-pill fleece and filled with a premium washable polyester fiberfill. Please note that creatures are machine washable on the delicate cycle. Tumble dry low.

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RAVEN | $250
Mark Orr, “Raven on Foundry Pattern.”
Mixed media. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Since man’s earliest history the raven and crow have held an honored position in mythology and spirituality. Native American tradition holds the raven and crow as the courier of energy flow. Northwest coastal tribes believed the raven was the creator of the heavens, earth and sea. For Southwestern Native Americans he was their storyteller. For Mark Orr, the raven and crow represent the scavenger of his found objects from the past and are also a messenger of spirituality. In Orr’s work, the key symbolizes the opening of doors and welcoming positive change into our lives. The bird perched on a ball serves as a representation of living in balance.

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RAWHIDE CUFF | $45
Georgia and Dave Rowswell, “Rawhide Cuff.”
Rawhide and metal accents. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Dave and Georgia Rowswell began thinking about designing a line of jewelry using rawhide. After years of experimentation with materials and designs, rawhide’s durability, lightness and translucency all began to point towards a uniquely suited material for jewelry. The Rowswells formally launched Rawhide Studio in the Spring of 2013. Their founding goals continue to be the design and crafting of a line of contemporary jewelry with a Western sensibility. Please take care to avoid prolonged exposure of your Rawhide Studio pieces to water; while rawhide is quite durable, it becomes soft and pliable when wet.

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INDUSTRIAL FLOWERS | $380
Lori Swartz, “Industrial Flower Necklace.”
Silver. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Lori Swartz began as a metal smith in 1998 working with silver and gold which she heats, forges and solders together. As a multi-media artist, Swartz has been allowed to express herself in ways that are both private and public. In her own life, Swartz attempts to be energized by the jewelry-making process rather than be deadened by the product. She feels that we often forget about authenticity due to teachings that there is value in the canned, pre-packaged, foil-wrapped and zip-locked. Since there are so many plastic things marketed as originals, Swartz started creating her own line of pieces. She encourages you to use her jewelry as a prompt to tell your own story.

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