“CraftTexas Roundup”
Silent Auction Preview

To make an early bid on an item or purchase at the “Buy It Now” price, contact Suzanne Sippel at 713.529.4848 x 202 or ssippel@crafthouston.org by September 23, 2016. 

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Deer Creek Farm: Overnight Stay, Ranch Tour & BBQ Party
Donated by Michelle & Frank Hevrdejs and Phyllis Childress
Value: $4,000
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Buy it Now: $5,000

Explore the beautiful Brenham, Texas, countryside with a visit to a real longhorn cattle operation, only 75 miles from Houston!

  • Your party of six will stay in a very comfortable guest house for one night.
  • You’ll be given a ranch tour by the friendly staff at Deer Creek Farm. Deer Creek Farm is home to Deer Creek Longhorns, who have produced over 30 world-champion longhorn bulls and cows. Bring your cameras!
  • Enjoy a fabulous BBQ lunch for up to 40 of your friends, with entertainment provided.

Must be scheduled prior to March, 2017.  Dates to be mutually agreed upon.


Sunset Bay Cruise with Champagne & Hors d’oeuvres
Donated by Bill King, Paula Arnold & Ted Pinson
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Buy it Now: $3,000

Take in the beautiful Texas sunset in style on Bill King’s yacht in this cruise for 20 people. You and your friends will enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as you tour Galveston Bay.  Cruise date to be mutually agreed upon.


Bay Fishing in Rockport, Texas
Donated by Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Value: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,200
Buy it Now: $2,500

This fun weekend of bay fishing and delicious meals in Rockport, Texas, is perfect for an active couple or a guys’ getaway (up to three people)!  Join Marshal Lightman, who will be your expert fishing guide and chef, and enjoy the Lightmans’ sunny Rockport home for your accommodations.

Fish Camp Itinerary:

Day 1:  Arrive at the house on a Sunday or Thursday, any time after 3:00 PM.  Dinner and your favorite drinks will be ready for you that evening.

Day 2:  After breakfast, head out for a day of bay fishing for flounder, trout, red fish and black drum, with lunch and drinks on the boat.  Dinner and drinks will be provided again that evening at the house.

Day 3: After breakfast, head out for a second day of bay fishing. Enjoy lunch and drinks on the boat before returning to the house around 2:00 PM, in time to clean up and head home.

All fishing equipment, except waders and wading shoes, will be provided. Should you choose to wade fish, please bring your own wading equipment.  Trip dates to be mutually agreed upon. Rockport is located on the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 180 miles from Houston and about 30 miles north of Corpus Christi.


Pottery Class for Two at Third Coast Clay
Donated by Lotus Bermudez
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50
Buy it Now: $125

Lotus Bermudez, a ceramist and native Texan, is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for clay through her bodies of work and teaching. She holds an MFA and teaches ceramics at University of Houston, as well as pottery classes on the second floor of the Ceramic Store, Inc., at her business, Third Coast Clay. Lotus also served as the co-chair for Empty Bowls Houston and is a former resident artist at HCCC.

This class includes one potter’s wheel session for two people at Third Coast Clay. Session includes two hours of studio time and instruction, with all materials provided.  Work will be glazed and fired and ready for pick up two to three weeks later.


Two 30-Minute Glass Experiences
Donated by Three Dimensional Visions
Value: $90
Minimum Bid: $45
Buy it Now: $100

Experience the magic of glass blowing with a friend by participating in two one-on-one glass experiences at Three Dimensional Visions.  You select the form, choosing from paperweights, flowers, implosion bowls, and ornaments.  These are one-on-one experiences, but observers are welcome. Reservations are required, so plan on a lovely day out with a friend or loved one.


For a fun twist on the traditional silent auction, we reached out to several artists and challenged them to create a piece using one of three items–a bandana, a hat or a spur–in any manner they chose. The results are a fun and unique way to celebrate Texas-themed craft.


Artist: Susan Budge
Ceramic, 6” diameter
Value: $60
Minimum Bid: $30
Buy it Now: $70

Using a spur as a tool, ceramist Susan Budge created a new piece in her ongoing series of cut-out vessels. This small, metallic glazed piece is a lovely accent for any ranch office.


Artist: Phyllis Childress
Bandana, cotton muslin, batting, 38” x 50”
Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $250
Buy it Now: $600

This soft, inviting lap quilt by Phyllis Childress is the perfect throw to have in any room. The cheeriness of the red bandanas pops against the white, giving a warmth of color to complement the coziness of the throw. Love is sewn into every seam, making the quilt the go-to piece after a long day on the back forty.


Bret Michaels
Artist: Madison Creech
Bandana, thread, 20 ½” square
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100
Buy it Now: $250

As a guru of pop culture, fiber artist Madison Creech made a cheeky reference to the bandana–as the favorite accessory of Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison. Although “every cowboy sings a sad, sad song,” once you add this to your collection, you’ll need “nothin’ but a good time!”


Artist: Nathan Dube
Bandana, shibuichi, brass, 2” x 1”
Value: $350
Minimum Bid: $175
Buy it Now: $400

Inspired by both the patterns of the bandana and the nostalgia it invoked, Nathan Dube fashioned a cunning neckerchief slide that would make any cowboy proud. For those who do not feel quite at home on the range, Nathan would be happy to adapt it for use as a brooch.


Cowgirl Gets the Blues
Artist: Terry Fromm
Spur, sterling silver, enameled copper, CZ, brass
1 ¾” x 2 ¼” on 18” choker
Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $250
Buy it Now: $600

This gorgeous pendant by Terry Fromm is a stunning example of artistry and craft. The rich, deep color captures the eye, and is the perfect accessory for a night on the town, whether you’re in blue jeans or ball gowns. Anyone would be happy to get these “Blues,” cowgirl or not!


Artist: Masumi Katoaka
Bandana, dried intestine,12″ x 10″ x 4″
Value: $250
Minimum Bid: $125
Buy it Now: $300

This soft sculpture by early resident artist Masumi Katoaka is an intriguing piece that demands the eye. Paired together, the fabric and intestine are transformed into a thought provoking work.  This is truly a conversation piece, albeit perhaps one to have away from the livestock.


Skull Flask
Artist: Lotus Bermudez
Bandana, ceramic, cork, 8” x 6” x 2 ½”
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100
Buy it Now: $250

Noted local ceramist Lotus Bermudez took a different tack with this project, using bandanas to create a witty accessory to one of her pieces. Really, what could be a more suitable covering for this flask than one made from bandanas, which can be used to cover the skull? (Note: no horse thieves were harmed in the making of this piece).


Belle Epoque in Texas!
Artist: Anna Mavromatis
Cowboy hat, fabric, paper, yarn
12″ x 15″ x 4 ½”
Value: $300
Minimum Bid: $150
Buy it Now: $350

Anna Mavromatis brings a unique spin to the traditional cowboy hat. With a muted color scheme and adorned with handmade flowers, it’s a great choice on the prairie or on Prairie Street. No cowgirl should leave home without it!


Artist: Edward Lane McCartney
Bandana, sterling silver, copper, brass, stainless steel
3” diameter
Value: $600
Minimum Bid: $300
Buy it Now: $700

Metalsmith and mixed-media artist Edward Lane McCartney does it again with this absolutely stunning brooch. Meticulously crafted, it is a perfect blend of textures and color. Saddle your fastest horse, and bid now, before someone else rustles it away!


Bindu Paisley
Artist: Graciela Socorro
Bandana, resin, clay, acrylic, 3 1/4” diameter
Value: $250
Minimum Bid: $125
Buy it Now: $300

CraftTexas 2016 artist Graciela Socorro incorporated a bandana into her Bindu (dot or point) body of work. The patterns of the bandana shine through layers of acrylic, weaving around the bright colors, with joyful energy. This piece will always brighten up your day, no matter how long you’ve been riding the trail.


hi-ho silver
Artist: Mary Beth Woiccak
Bandana, denim, embroidery thread, 16” square
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100
Buy it Now: $250

If the title doesn’t ring a bell, please stop reading and bid on one of the earlier objects. If it does, you’re in on the piece made by Mary Beth Woiccak. What better reference to use for inspiration than the most famous of masked men, the Lone Ranger? This work is a great marriage of the maker’s work and our challenge.  “Hi ho Silver, away!”