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.

Heather McCalla (Tiny Badger Ceramics)

Heather McCalla is an artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Originally from San Diego, California, McCalla studied furniture design and woodworking while attending San Diego State University. She obtained her BA in Applied Design in 2006, and worked as a finish carpenter and independent designer for three years before moving to Wisconsin in 2010. McCalla received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2013 where she subsequently lectured in the furniture design and woodworking department. She moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2014 to become a Fountainhead Fellow in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tana Acton


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


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.

Kat Cole

Kat Cole has an interest in the anti-aesthetic aspect of a place: the abandoned buildings and factories, scrap yards, piles of trash and detritus found in the streets. This is the evidence of human inhabitants, both past and present. Using found materials in her work allows her to create a direct connection between art, object and place.  The tins, rusty bolts, scraps of plastic and metal are transformed in conjunction with vitreous enamel and steel to make jewelry and sculpture that is distinctly of a place and time.

Above:  Kat Cole, “Assorted Pile Outline Necklaces and Earrings.” Enameled steel and silver. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.

Maria Eife

Using new technologies combined with traditional craft skill and values, Maria Eife creates jewelry that is an exploration of materials, processes and structure. Her most recent collection, Loops and Cages, is the result of virtual, three-dimensional play. Using CAD software, Eife creates complex forms that are reproduced in plastic and metal. 3-D printed nylon is a flexible, and lightweight material suited perfected for jewelry. The precious metal line is designed in the same fashion, but is then printed in wax and cast using the lost wax technique.

Above: Maria Eife, “Donut Bangle.” 3-D Printed Nylon. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Melle Finelli


Through fabrication and forging metal, Melle Finelli is able to manipulate her materials to create form and space, capturing movement in solid form. Melle loves the engineering challenge of putting each new piece of jewelry together, combining multiple techniques in order to create a balance of precision and chaos. Through piercing, bending, forging, and pounding, she creates miniature sculptures.

Above:  Melle Finelli, “Succulent Ring.” Silver. Photo by  HCCC.

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


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.

Jenne Giles

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.

Jenne Giles, “Coral Scarf.” Felt. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Terry Hagiwara

“Let my pieces speak to you.”

Born in Kyushu, Japan, Teruhiko (Terry) Hagiwara came to the U.S. in 1969 and to Houston in 1981. Though he enjoys a day job as a research physicist in the petroleum industry, he has been passionate about ceramics since he began taking classes at Houston’s Glassell School of Art in 1989. He is inspired by that which is almost, but not quite, symmetrical, delighting in the element of chaos a slight skew brings to the order and control of symmetrical forms.

Terry works with high-fire stonewares and sometimes wood fire, but more often with raku firing. With raku, he uses glazes, whether metallic copper or crackle white, in simple geometric surface designs.  He also uses a process he calls “jade finish,” during which he omits any glaze and instead burnishes, applies slip, then removes the slip after raku-firing.

Terry Hagiwara, “Lattice Basket Vase.” Ceramic. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.


René Lee Henry


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.

Jason Kishell

“My work addresses the way things grow, live, receive support from the environment, decay and ultimately start again. The features that are produced through these actions are the source of my visual vocabulary. The subtle details found in the natural world, the cyclical quality of life, and the way nature interacts with human society are the topics I generally work with. The media used in my work reflects my appreciation for process and learned skill. I enjoy the process of making just as much as the end result.”

“Smug Mugs are inspired by my series of sculptural works that feature mouths with various expressions. Each one is unique and completely handmade–thrown on the potter’s wheel, hand carved, glazed, and china painted. These mugs are meant to be used. They are made of porcelain and are dishwasher and microwave safe, although heating liquids in a separate container and washing by hand will extend the life and finish of the mug.”

Jason Kishell, “Texas Orb Weaver Mug,.” Ceramic. Photo by HCCC.

Maia Leppo

Maia Leppo


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


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’ 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.

Hannah Oatman


Hannah Oatman’s current work explores the power of color and form using enameled copper, steel, and silver. Her colorfully enameled components, combined with stark black armatures, encourage an exploration of the surface and of the piece as a whole. She makes objects that are playful and curious, urging the viewer to handle and consider them as objects first and then as engaging adornments.

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


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


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.


Delaney Smith

Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation and transformation through repetition. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013, and is currently an artist member of Box13 Artspace.

Above: Delaney Smith, “Backyard Series #10 “ Tracing paper, natural ink dyes. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Eric Stearns

Eric Stearns creates sculptural, pierced raku art that conveys a fragile and fleeting existence. He uses the raku process to accentuate the intersecting fragility of life, passionate connections, and the pain of betrayal, using the matrix hand carved into each piece. With a strong interest in mathematics, Stearns creates patterns that explore relationships between glaze color, and texture, to elicit emotional responses. “Each piece created is an attempt at a reflection of who I am as a person and as an artist at the moment my hands touch the clay.”

Above: Eric Stearns, “Boxed in.” Ceramic. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Amber Tiemann


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.

Marisa Wilhelmi

Marisa Wilhelmi, the founder and creator of Marisa Wilhelmi Designs, was born in Brazil to a talented family. Wilhelmi’s maternal grandparents were skilled craftspeople in the garments industry and have been an immense source of inspiration and encouragement throughout her life. After moving to Houston, and gaining access to a variety of materials, Wilhelmi’s creativity flourished and vison took shape. Combining the vibrant colors and culture of her home in Brazil, and her family’s background in fashion, Wilhelmi’s Smartsew boasts fiber-based wearables that are both accessible and focused on the very best craftsmanship.

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


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.

Rebecca Zemans


Strong yet delicate, ancient but modern, Rebecca Zemans’ designs are contemporary with a classic look. They derive from Zemans’ fascination with the similarity of biological organisms viewed through a microscope and celestial bodies viewed through a telescope. Zeman’s creates comfortable everyday jewelry that complements and expresses the exceptional qualities of the individual. Each piece tells its own story; every blow of the hammer, every bent curve of silver or gold, every precious stone collected from a far-away land becomes part of a one of a kind wearable work of art.

Above: Rebecca Zemans, “Infinity Cuff.” Gold fill wire. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.