To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork
February 2 – May 12, 2019
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Tom Loeser: Please Please Please in the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists. Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.
(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2018 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork, a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade, as it compares the different creative paths taken by three makers of contemporary functional ceramics.
As one of the earliest forms of material engineering developed by humankind, ceramics and the production of functional objects has been central to humans’ use of clay throughout history. Since the Industrial Revolution, however, the necessity of handmade ceramic ware has been diminished, just as the development of plastics has made the many ceramic forms originally used for storage obsolete. To make functional pieces by hand today is a choice made by the artist to go against the current of all other means of mass production, and the decision by the user to purchase these pieces represents a clear desire for the unique qualities of the one-of-a-kind over the ubiquity of all other options.