Artists by Name

Adam Gruetzmacher

Adam Gruetzmacher

Adam is a studio potter living and working in Minnesota. His work is inspired by industrial processes and the American studio pottery tradition. Adam takes great joy and pride in making every-day objects that work well and are crafted with care and consideration.

He hopes that his objects can be comfortably employed in one’s life; beautiful in its ability to accomplish a given task and agreeable enough to do it every day.

Above: Adam Grusetzmacher, “Vase.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tana Acton

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Through her unique perspective as both a dancer and choreographer, Tana Acton combines air, movement and light to create pieces that are at once delicate and solid. Acton’s contemporary jewelry can be worn casually or dressed up. Each piece of fine art jewelry is created from a single “thread” of precious metal; either sterling silver, 12k gold-filled, or copper. The filament is wrapped precisely and tautly on a frame structure or “loom.” The pieces may or may not have a kinetic element housed in the structure or riding on the crossing wires. The “fabric” created has a faceted effect from the light finding each individual crossing, yet leaving space and air to breathe through each piece.

Above: Gold cuff by Tana Acton. Photo by HCCC.

Nicole Aquillano

Fascinated by the potential of place to define and connect us, she uses subtle narratives on functional work to elicit memories of past experiences. Nicole Aquillano establishes a close personal relationship with each piece; influenced by a nostalgia for her childhood home. Architectural imagery drawn from my photographic collection – inlaid with intense attention to detail directly into the porcelain clay becomes blurred by the movement of glaze. Aquillano is driven by a desire to hold onto that which will inevitably be lost. Her memories and experiences are carved onto objects intended to be both used and collected.

Above: Nicole Aquillano, “Assorted Shakers.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Amanda Bartlett

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Amanda Bartlett is a recent 2018 graduate and BFA recipient of Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry. Her work uses pattern and ornamentation that is informed by the excess and sensuality of Baroque cathedrals, Rococo interiors, and Moorish architecture. Color is a focal point, often in bright, bold and neon palettes.She uses Rhino CAD 3D programming software, industrial color application, and traditional metalsmithing techniques to create her wearables. Amanda has shown her work in Earrings Galore, Ware/Wear, Cold Connections, and THREE. She is currently working on a new body of work as the 3-month resident at the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Harlan Butt

Harlan Butt is influenced by the flora and fauna of places he has lived. From the cell structure of plants and animals to the multiplicity of stars in the sky to the days in our lives, repetition gives structure to chaos. The making of art, for him, is more than a record of these things; it is part of the experience of discovering connections and part of the act of being alive.

Above: Harlan Butt, “Blue Jay Vessel.” Metal. Photo by HCCC.

Ceibo Bags

Ceibo is a handbag-accessory vegan brand created by Maria Cadena in Houston, Texas in 2016. Its name refers to the Ceibo tree, one of Maria’s favorite trees which grows along the Pacific coast in Ecuador. Cadena is a self-taught designer from Guayaquil, Ecuador who moved to Houston during 2014. She has a major in Marketing and Economics and started designing women’s accessories nine years ago when she created her first brand.

Above:  Ceibo Bags, “Mini Square Ring Bag.” Vegan fabric and brass hardware. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jon Clark

Jon Clark

Jon Clark works with office supplies he manipulates to interpret nature’s process of intrinsic mathematical and divine proportions. The Divine Proportion is the base line equation for Clark’s creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, it can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms. Experiencing the balance of the relationship of parts to the whole, he is able to explore endless creative possibilities. Clark enjoys the history of the proportion’s application in the arts and architecture because it subliminally references an inclusive relationship between us and nature.

Above: Jon Clark, “Colored Pencils.” Mixed media. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Claire Drennan

Claire Drennan is a fiber artist and fashion designer, exploring the intersection of art, craft, and sustainable materials. Drennan’s pieces are wearable, whimsical and versatile, as well as ethical and sustainable. Drennan uses a knitting machine, which is roughly the size of an electric piano and nearly fifty years old. The machine makes use of a binary punch card computer and a knitting carriage that is manipulated manually across a bed of latch-hook needles. Drennan is continually inspired by the capabilities and limitations of this elegant Machine.

Richard Florance

Richard Florance resides in Shoreacres, a small city on Galveston Bay. He is a lifelong resident of the Houston-Galveston area. He is retired from Semasy Inc., a plastics manufacturing company in Houston, which provides merchandising aid for retail briskness. Over the last 30 years, in his spare time, he learned cabinet making. Upon his retirement, after golf did not require enough hours, he started wood turning, which had been an interest for many years. This has indeed become an outlet for his creative abilities. He has been turning wood for over seven years and has made over 900 bowls, each of which is unique. His bowls have been distributed worldwide.

Richard’s other activities include civic and community participation, as well as being involved with his church and enjoying his nine grandchildren.

Above: Richard Florance, “Cocobolo Bowl.” Wood and Turquoise. Photo by HCCC.

Terry Fromm

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Terry Fromm loses herself in the process of making. Fromm’s jewelry and metal art are constructed from a variety of metals which are often manipulated so that they mimic the looks and characteristics of softer materials. Inspired by flowing forms observed both in nature and in draping textiles, Fromm creates finely crafted jewelry and sculptural containers by transforming flat, stiff sheets of metal into simple, sculptural forms with an illusion of softness and movement. The metal is formed by hand–through hammering, heat and twisting–into elegant, casual and intriguing works of art. The resulting pieces have soft flowing contours that can stir a quiet inner sense of balance and beauty.

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René Lee Henry

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René Lee Henry’s jewelry is inspired by the stylized architecture from the modernist era as well as exploring the effects of time and decay on man-made structures. Combining these two influences, this body of work encompasses geometric and biomorphic forms, using hard lines along with organic colors and textures to create an architectural environment declined by age and neglect. Using polished surfaces marred with corrosion, the pieces reflect a once hopeful future that has been left in ruins.

Above: Rene Lee Henry, “Interconnected Series #5.” Mixed media. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Holden

Sarah Holden’s work investigates how female identity is constructed and performed. Holden sources and celebrates imagery and histories of women that rebel against cultural expectations of how women are “supposed” to act. Holden uses traditional and non-traditional craft techniques to challenge these expectations by creating a role reversal through material. Beautifying steel and turning lace into strong and structural elements allows Holden to interrupt their expected gender roles and create rebellious and beautiful adornment.

Maia Leppo

Maia Leppo

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Maia Leppo is a contemporary jewelry artist who seeks to question the traditional forms found in jewelry. By deconstructing the shape of the gem, and reconstructing the resulting template into fabricated jewelry, she questions the perception of value and the ways that value is assigned to these products. Specifically, how this value changes based on materials, trends, and personal preference.

Above: Maia Leppo, “Trumpet Necklace.” Steel and silicone. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Wyatt Little

Wyatt Little

Growing up Houston based ceramicist Wyatt Little used to watch a lot of ‘Saved By The Bell’. “I remember carrying around those brick phones, like the kind Zack had on the show,” they were bulky and huge–not exactly the sleekest technology. The combination of these nostalgic items, and learning how to cast led Little to pursue ceramic art. Little’s designs begin with a memory or a treasured object. The results are decidedly quirky, whimsical objects that can be scattered throughout an apartment as standalone bits of décor, or, like his phone vases, used as catchalls for knickknacks or treasured flora. “My designs are my way of immortalizing the things I’ve always cared about,” Little says.

Above: Wyatt Little, “Computer Planter.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jera Rose Petal Lodge

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Jera Rose Petal Lodge is a jewelry designer working to create steel and silver wire-based artworks. Her pieces range from small scale production and limited edition work to large scale sculptural jewelry pieces. The forms Lodge uses are frequently geometric in nature which utilizes patterns and repetition to create bold, graphic shapes. Design and function are her primary concerns and the strength and durability of steel allows her to create forms that are lightweight and visually delicate yet sturdy and easily wearable. Lodge often uses cold connections to introduce elements of motion, sound and playfulness into her jewelry.

Above: Jera Lodge, “Asymmetrical Necklace.” Steel and silver. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Lotus

Lotus’ functional work reflects the way she lives from the way she cooks to the way she likes to shop. Her designs are based on her passions including cacti, Texas and science. Lotus is constantly stimulated by the world around her and feels compelled to translate it into a way that can be shared with others. Inspiration for sculptural work is based off the human figure and Lotus’ un-verbalized concerns about life and the human condition. Many of the forms are influenced by the objects she collects.

Left: Lotus, “Spike Cup” and “Skull Mug.” Ceramic. Photo by HCCC.

Didem Mert

Didem Mert

Didem Mert makes connections between the utilitarian object and its counterparts; the user and/or the object’s environment through Geometry, texture, and functionality. Different textural surfaces are created in Mert’s work by using pinched marks juxtaposed between smooth, defined lines and edges. Bright colors or luster shapes paired against a soft earthy color palette create high-contrast focal points in the work. The simple line-work on the pots showcases food in its presentation. Mert’s work strives to bring forth a sense of tranquility in its minimalistic design.

**The use of luster glaze makes these pieces not safe for use in the microwave**

Above: Didem Mert, “Butter Dish.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Angel Oloshove

Angel Oloshove is a Houston, TX, based ceramicist who has quickly garnered attention for her unique whimsical ceramics. After attending CCA, Oloshove moved to Japan and took on an involved craft practice. Working in toy and doll production for a Japanese-based company, Oloshove met toy fabricators who were supremely talented and had honed their techniques for many years. Oloshove incorporates those experiences as well as pop cultural influences into her work today. With ceramics that are utilitarian in nature, Oloshove hopes her pieces can permeate the sanctity of someone’s daily ritual. In this way, the artworks become a part of someone’s life, reminding them of forgotten acts like drinking the morning coffee.

Peter Olson

As a professional photographer, Peter Olson has traveled the world many times over. From corporate culture to religious iconography, Olson finds meaning in the repetition of human expression. The images encasing each ceramic piece are left by ink from photographic prints that when fired, burn away leaving a permanent and detailed image from the iron oxide in the ink. These expertly collaged individual pieces give way to a fixed visual narrative, a kaleidoscope of imagery than spans centuries and continents. When joined this way, each motif contributes to a network of increasing complexity.

Above: Peter Olson, “Skull 2 vessel.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Bryan Parnham

Bryan Parnham grew up in a creative environment, being challenged to observe and react to his surroundings. Even as a child he wanted to make things despite not having the tools or materials. Parnham began his jewelry practice in 2011 when he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University, Craft/Material Studies Department.  There Parnham developed a range of techniques to produce a metal surface as the substrate for figures and drawings. Parnham’s metal work conveys ideas through line, figure, and deliberate composition with consideration for aesthetics and adornment, as well as social and cultural thinking.

Gillian Preston

Gillian Preston

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Gillian Preston’s process begins by blowing a plate of glass in a hot shop choosing and applying layers of color that will serve as the canvas for her glass wearable’s. Glass powders are inset into these sandblasted into the glass and fused to the plate in a kiln. A few firings in a kiln complete the process as each piece takes its one of a kind shape. Broken Plates makes reference to the work’s origin as each wearable was cut and created from a piece of hand blown plate glass, resulting in a highly unique line of jewelry that captures the qualities of blown glass.

Above: Gillian Preston, “Glass Geo Cuff.” Blown glass and brass. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Connie Roberts

Connie Roberts does not consider herself a folk artist, although she doesn’t mind how people label her the “Whistle Lady.” Roberts creates her own category of folk and craft art through sculptures that contain not just a whistle, but an element of fun and whimsy. Roberts’ equally loves things that are humorous from Mad magazine to Monty Python to the evening news. She believes that the essence of good art is that it is attractive enough to draw you in for a closer look, yet has sufficient content to make the time you spent with it worthwhile.

Above: Connie Roberts, “Zombie Lady.” Pine wood. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Caitie Sellers

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Caitie Sellers. Sellers’ 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. Sellers uses the local landscape to inspire her work for both the body and for the wall, drawing inspiration from free way systems, power lines, and the everyday industrialism we see past every day, but fail to recognize. “She seeks to find the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials such as brick, wire and asphalt. She transforms imagery of architecture and urban infrastructure into jewelry with her fine mastery of such metals as copper and silver.”

Above:  Caitie Sellers, “Rose Window Brooch.” Sterling Silver and copper mesh. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Amber Tiemann

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Amber Tiemann began with painting and always found herself drawn to working with color. Tiemann prefers bright, bold colors along with the use of enamel, polymer clay, resins and colored stones within her work. Crisp, strong lines enhance the modern aesthetic within her jewelry. Design inspiration comes to Tiemann in different ways; sometimes it’s from the clean lines of industrial design while mid-century modern art also has a great influence in her design process finding herself constantly inspired.

Above: Amber Tiemman, Gold druzy tear necklace and Red coral earring. Silver, coral, enamel, and swarvoski crystal. Photo by HCCC.

Georgina Trevino

Georgina Trevino’s work investigates the inner structures of buildings and the process of casting cement while capturing geometric, minimalist and organic shapes. Trevino is interested in the differences between Mexican and American architecture, and structures made from cement vs. hollowed unfinished structures. Although the cement forms themselves look heavy, most of the pieces are hollow and very lightweight. Trevino strives to create the illusion of heaviness, but the pieces are the complete opposite, allowing you to wear them comfortably. She uses materials like: latex gloves, condoms, plastic shot glasses, coffee milk cartons and toys to create these unusual forms and textures.

Elizabeth Woll

Elizabeth Woll’s whimsical, hand crafted, acrylic jewelry reflects facets of mid-century design in California.  Woll moved from Boston to California in 2012 and launched WOLL Jewelry which is a growing and evolving collection inspired by a California dream. Currently working in San Francisco, her line of jewelry and accessories incorporates laser cutting technology and traditional metalworking techniques. When not busy in the studio designing, Woll is exploring her new home from the desert to the coast and everything in between.

Rena Wood

Working primarily with textile materials and processes, Rena Wood’s work gives physical form to the ephemeral sense of memory. Often using vintage materials, she combines her own history with that of a previous maker. The time Wood spends working is marked by each stitch, each knot and each repetitive act of her hands. She constructs and deconstructs materials to show suspension: formation and ruin, remembering and forgetting, the passage and stopping of time.

Above:  Rena Wood, “Shibori Scarf.” Silk. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Laura Wood

Laura Wood

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Laura Wood makes jewelry to express her creative interests which, for many years, has been the human body. Wood began her career in the arts studying dance. This led her to make adornments for the body, activating pleasure and enjoyment through wearing. Each piece is very much an effort in creating body-conscious work. Material exploration and the lineage of jewelry history also inspire Wood to challenge herself in the work while evolving alongside a world with new technology and processes. Wood strives to enhance the silhouette of the body and create work to be worn as a celebration of performance and adornment.

Above: Laura Wood, “Lace Brooch.” Brass, sterling silver and powdercoat. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dustin Yager

Dustin Yager

Dustin Yager received his BA in studio art from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and his MA in visual and critical studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Yager has exhibited his work most recently in the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction’s juried art show in Bloomington, Indiana. Yager’s work draws attention to the fact that we are both consumers and producers of culture. Culture exists on a variety of scales, from incredibly personal experiences to the values embodied by our material belongings, creations, displays, and actions.

Above: Dustin Yager, “Yummy Ceral Bowl.” Ceramic. Photo courtesy of the artist.