Read below to see Asher Gallery’s top artist picks for your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts and other springtime shopping. Please note: some items have limited availability.
$38 – $180
“The unifying theme of my ceramic work is growth. Through the subtle stretch of a vessel’s neck in exploration, or the serpentine thrust of a teapot spout, they are caught in the ‘stop-action’ moment. My works often take on a playful biomorphic turn to animate themselves and project a haughty attitude.
In my world, traditional wheel-thrown silhouettes are altered into bulbous shapes, grafted into the iconology of land-sea-air. My home studio is a perfect incubator. It is where I cross breed and graph a bird’s neck here or a crustacean there, capped with a mushroom. My mosaic of surface embellishments is heavily influenced by my fascination with 17th-century Staffordshire ceramics and my personal collection of mid-century Hob-nail Milk Glass.”
Above: Eileen Braun, “Blue Mug” and “Yellow Mug.” Ceramic. Photo by HCCC.
Using the finest of natural fabrics and custom-blended colors, Cosette has revitalized and adapted the ancient techniques of marbling to create timeless fashion and accessories for today.
The craft of marbling or “Ebru” dates to the 15th century in Turkey and Persia. Color is floated on a liquid base, drawn into a design and picked up by the fabric. Each fabric is unique and cannot be duplicated exactly. Any slight imperfections in the design attest to its hand-made character.
Above: Hand-painted silk ties by Cosette. Photo by HCCC.
$135 – $164
Jenne Giles is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art. She received her B.A. in Art and Art History from Rice University in 1997. After working professionally in the arts and trades, she began her own business, Harlequin Feltworks, in 2007. Her enterprise is dedicated to creating unique pieces of wearable art that combine her love for painterly color, sculptural form, folk art and costume. Jenne is thrilled to be working at felt’s cutting edge of fashion and design.
Above: Jenne Giles, “Coral Scarves.” Felt. Photo by HCCC.
Linnea Oliver (Bird of Virtue)
$18 – $83
“I create thought-provoking, intricately detailed, handcrafted accessories for men and women. I believe that jewelry shouldn’t overpower a person but, rather, should complement your natural confidence and style. My designs are modern, yet delicate, elegant with an edge. Lately, I’ve been drawn to the variations and warmth of high-quality hardwoods. In addition to using natural woods, my designs feature playful, hand-painted splashes of color—my nod to pop culture and the fun, lighthearted fashion moment we’re living in.”
“Conceptually, I also draw inspiration from the architecture of geometry and music. Being a musician, I’m fascinated with the mathematical components of music and the patterns that make us feel something when we hear a melody. This fascination with the mathematical, the patterned, and the organic is evident in many of my creations.”
Above: Wood Hexagon and Stripe Cuflinks by Linnea Oliver. Photo by HCCC.
$85 – $480
“My ability has caught up with my imagination, and my newest work is a combination of blowing and molding techniques, which allows for the large disc shaped viewing vessels. I stitch the slide film together to tell a bigger story. Inspired by natural materials such as the pureness of cotton right off the plant, seeds from trees, and other riches found only in one’s back yard. The jewelry is made with Borosilicate glass, film, glass powder, frit, and stringers.”
Above: Melissa Schmidt, “Pink Hummingbird Necklace.” Glass. Photo by HCCC.
$180 – $1,500
Caitie’s work is informed by her observations of the many places she’s lived, from rural Virginia to Central America. She is interested in themes of urbanization, architecture, and social development. During her residency at HCCC, Caitie will use the local landscape of Houston to inspire a new body of work that will be a mixture of ink and wire drawings for the body and for the wall. Caitie will be with HCCC from December 2013 through August 2014. To learn more about her work, visit http://www.caitiesellers.com/.
Above: Caitie Sellers, “Richmond Necklace.” Sterling silver, steel and heat patina. Photo courtesy the artist.
$30 – $130
“Over the years I have collected many found objects with the hope of one day turning them into ‘something.’ But it was the vintage tin cans I had that truly inspired me. The vivid colors, great typefaces and wonderful subjects lend themselves to being unique pieces of jewelry. And they vary so. . . some have amazing saturated colors and others are beautifully romantic, which really embodies both sides of my personality. . . My current work is a combination of geometric shapes that are all hand cut. I find beauty in their imperfect silhouettes, as well as the distressed nature of the tin. By narrowing the subject matter into something as simple as a circle or rectangle, I give it new life by changing the context in which it is viewed. Being creative is a gift and passion that I love and embrace. I am continually inspired by found objects of the past and look forward to where they will lead me in the future.”
Image courtesy HCCC.
Above: Large circle bracelet by Kari Stringer. Photo by HCCC.
$50 – $550
Demi’s attraction to jewelry is forged by the opportunities it presents the maker, offering an intimate three-dimensional way to construct ideas. Through experimentation, her chosen materials reveal their individual qualities, which are then used as information that dictates the fabrication of each composition. The intimacy of jewelry encourages a physical interaction between the viewer and the object and compels the viewer to inspect intricate details of materials and workmanship. Her work questions our relationships with materials and skills, adapting the aesthetic and structural language of vernacular architecture to organize, build and conceptually guide the jewelry. During her yearlong residency at HCCC, Demi intends to continue to build upon these formal relationships through material experimentation and research. She will be with HCCC through August of 2014. For more information, visit http://www.demidemi.net.
Above: Demi Thomloudis, “Pink Links Cement Necklace.” Photo by HCCC.