Five Women Artists Working in Metals, Ceramics, and Glass

Posted March 12, 2016 in Blog

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Kat Cole, “Boulder Necklace.” Mixed Media. Photo courtesy of the artist.

As part of the #5womenartists campaign, this week we bring you five talented women artists working in traditional craft media. This group of female artists is special because they are represented by Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC).

Kat Cole is a Dallas-based metalsmith who 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–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. As the co-founder of Jewelry Edition, Cole travels across the country to support and promote the work of emerging jewelry artists, seeking new ways to attract and educate people about contemporary jewelry through technology and pop-up shows.

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Kat Cole, “Structure Brooches.” Steel, enamel and brass. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Kat Cole, “Urban Landscape #2.” Tin, brass and steel. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Glass artist Heather Palmer believes the things we bring into our homes are extremely important. “A home should be a treasure chest of the life we have lived,” she says. Her work is a balance of organic patterns and shapes with modern lines and colors. By exploring the line between natural and manmade, her glass objects are distinct and original.


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Heather Palmer, “Assorted Aqua Nests.” Glass. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Heather Palmer, “Red Bubble Vase.” Glass and driftwood. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jennifer Hill is a ceramic studio artist currently working and teaching in Austin, Texas. Her petite studio inspires her to create ceramics of diminutive proportions that derive from the luscious flora and fauna from “the Garden Isle” in Kauai, Hawaii. Hill enjoys making objects that have an unexpected, yet satisfying tactile experience. She primarily uses hand-building  and wheel-throwing techniques to create an unusual and perplexing structure for utilitarian purposes. She was an artist-in-residence and instructor at Chester Springs Studio in Pennsylvania, and later moved to Oregon to teach at Portland Community College and Multnomah Art Center. In Kauai, she consulted for art programs in public schools and exhibited artwork, including the notable Hawaii’s Modern Masters in Waikiki.


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Jennifer Hill, “Assorted Hive Vessels.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Jennifer Hill, “Assorted Hula Spectrum Sculptures.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Jennifer Hill, “Sorbet Bowls.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Christina Carfora creates narrative ceramic sculptures that explore the mind and human relationships. Each of her pieces begin by choosing its title, followed by a series of sketches communicating the narrative. Carfora pays particular attention to the face’s subtle nuances or the posture of the piece and the story is completed in the details. She constructs the work using slab and coil construction, as well as altered wheel-thrown forms. Other techniques include colored slips, glaze, salt-firing, raku and cold finishes. The use of imagery and symbolism such as people, animals and organic forms, are used as a vehicle to tell stories about triumphs, failures, opinions or revelations that we all experience at some point in our lives. Carfora was a resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013, and is currently a graduate student in the ceramics department at the University of Florida.


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Christina Carfora, “Consequence of Our Consumption.” Colored slip on ceramics with cold finish and metal. Photo by Allen Cheuvront Photography.


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Above, from left to right: Christina Carfora, “The Passing of the Passenger Pigeon (detail).” Underglaze and slip on ceramics. Photo courtesy of the artist. Christina Carfora, ‘Convergence and the Space Between.’ Glaze and slip on ceramics. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Caitie Sellers, a former resident artist at HCCC, was recently the co-director/resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and is a current member of The Elevator Collective, a multi disciplinary craft studio in Richmond, Virginia. Sellers creates abstract and literal interpretations of the architecture that surrounds her. Her work is informed by observations of the many places she has lived in, from rural Virginia to Central America. Sellers is interested in themes of urbanization, architecture, and social development, and uses the local landscape to inspire her work for both the body, and for the wall.


Caitie Sellers in her studio at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013. Photo by Kim Coffman.


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Caitie Sellers, “Helix on Omega.” Argentium silver and oxidized copper mesh. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Caitie Sellers, “Assorted Crescent Hoop Earrings.” Argentium silver and oxidized copper mesh. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Caitie Sellers, “Highway Bangle.” Argentium silver and oxidized copper mesh. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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  • Renee Cole

    I love all of these women. They are empowered to bring their art to life and share it.
    Kat Cole introduced me to a network of women metal smiths and their dedication to their work. I personally have a greater appreciation for the time they commit to their craft.

    • jweitz

      Thank you Renee! And these are just a few of the many talented women artists working in craft…

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