Alumni Artists-In-Residence


Madison Creech


Madison Creech is a multimedia artist with a dedication to digital fabrication. She received a BFA, as well as a BS, in textile, merchandising, and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University.

Madison’s research involves the parallels between bird migration and her own story of navigating and deciphering what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. Something happens when humans encounter an animal; this exchange cannot be translated into human knowing without distortion or loss.  In her art practice, Madison is constantly searching for tools and symbols to illustrate and challenge the fragmented and confusing relationship between animal and human.

Included in her exhibition record is a Surface Design Association juried exhibition, Explorations, as well as the juried public art show, Prints in Peculiar Places, for the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference.  She held a residency at the nationally recognized Techshop in Chandler, Arizona, where she received comprehensive training on digital equipment, as well as general wood- and metal-shop equipment.

Madison will be with HCCC from June through August, 2016. To learn more about her work, please visit http:/

Above, from top to bottom: Madison Creech. Photo by Matthew Creech. Madison Creech, "Black White and Grey," detail. Screen-printed cotton. 11 x 26 feet. 2015. Photo by Madison Creech.


Rene Lee Henry


Rene Lee Henry was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, and relocated to San Diego, California in 1990. She has been a professional graphic designer for the past nine years, but is striving to shift her primary career to full-time jeweler. She received her BA in Fine Arts with honors from San Diego State University in 2013, where she was the recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship Award, and received scholarships from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Rene is co-founder of VAR Collective; a group of makers that exchange ideas as well as creating and promoting group projects and exhibitions in San Diego. Her individual work has been selected for exhibitions across the United States, published in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces by Lark publishing; and was the recipient of San Diego State University Student Exhibition President’s Award.

She currently has a studio practice making one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry in San Diego, but will be temporarily relocating to Houston, Texas to participate in Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Artist Residency Program January through May 2016. While at HCCC, Rene will be focusing on new work pushing the focus beyond its current emphasis on formal elements to encompass a greater depth of meaning through personal narrative. This work will be based upon her fascination of modern day ruins and the “relics” left behind. To learn more about her work, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Rene Lee Henry. Photo courtesy the artist. Rene Lee Henry, "Collapse Production Series." 2015. Steel, resin, vegan leather. Photo courtesy the artist.


Carolyn Watkins


Carolyn Watkins is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her BFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.  She received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2015.

Carolyn has exhibited nationally in exhibitions, such as Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation, and at venues including the Jung Center in Houston, Texas, and the Indiana University Museum of Fine Arts.  She has completed multiple ceramic artist residencies, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and the Mendocino Arts Center in California. She has also studied ceramics at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.

Carolyn works primarily in hand-built ceramics. Clay is her chosen medium because she is drawn to the archival nature of ceramics and is fascinated by its ubiquity in people’s lives as an interface with the physical environment. Her forms are inspired by the human form and by historical ceramic vessels.

Carolyn will be with HCCC from June through August, 2016. To learn more about her work, please visit


Above, from top to bottom: Carolyn Watkins. Photo courtesy the artist. Carolyn Watkins, "Bud Vase." Stoneware, slip, glaze. 12 x 7 x 7 inches. 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.