2023 Silent Auction Preview

At this year’s Spring Luncheon, HCCC presents a silent auction of exquisite sculpture, jewelry, and objects created by current and former HCCC resident artists. Works by many of these artists are in the personal collection of our honoree Judy Nyquist.

Preview a limited selection of the auction items below, and, if you wish to place a bid or purchase a piece at the Buy It Now price, please contact Natalie Svacina at nsvacina@crafthouston.org or 713-529-4848 x 111.

See all of these items, and more, in person at the Crafting a Legacy Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 4th!

Dichroic Stands
Triptych of dichroic acrylic
3.75 x 3.75 x 2 1/8 inches , 2.75 x 3.75 x 2 1/8 inches , 2.75 x 2.75 x 2 1/8 inches
Value: $1,250
Minimum Bid: $700
Buy It Now: $1,400

Bennie Flores Ansell was HCCC’s Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Resident Artist in 2022. Working in themes that address migration patterns, light, and shadow, her work deconstructs and re-contextualizes photographic materials. She creates objects, installations, colorful light projections, and photographs by manipulating and re-contextualizing 35 mm art history slides, mirrors, and other artifacts born from the medium of photography.

Chasing Myself through Earthsea 3
Handwoven cotton and linen, 18 x 24 inches
Value: $2,100
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Buy It Now: $2,300

Current resident artist and weaver Margot Becker’s work explores sense of place, the natural environment, and the connection between the individual and the communal subconscious. Her weaving practice originated from a desire to understand the origins of cloth and the lives affected by it.


Paper Wiggle Necklace
Recycled HCCC exhibition postcards, silver, polymer clay, copper, and ceramic electrical insulators, 15 ½ x 10 x 1 inches
Value: $425
Minimum Bid: $300
Buy It Now: $600

2013 resident artist and current staff member Tarina Frank’s wearable works are made from recycled HCCC exhibition postcards. She is known for making jewelry using recycled paper and other found objects that often incorporate storytelling. Her work also challenges the conventional understanding of the material value of jewelry and its function as a status symbol.


Hotdog Box
Mahogany, various woods, 7 x 3 x 2 inches

Current resident artist Miles Gracey uses the vocabulary of furniture to translate sculptural forms by activating a once-passive relationship with the participant. He describes his work as playful and curious, prompting viewers to suspend their beliefs as it reveals or obscures their perspective or relationship with it.


Blessing Garden
Ceramic, 6 x 6 x 5 inches

This ceramic vessel is a collaborative work between current resident artist Yeonsoo Kim and 2022 resident Jihye Han. Yeonsoo draws on his studies of traditional Korean pottery to make works that act as a diary or visual record of his inner voice. Jihye uses ceramic and mixed media to construct sculptural and installation-based pieces that speak about the role of boundaries, with a particular sensitivity to the influence of her Korean heritage and international upbringing.



Sunrise (set)
Sterling silver choker with resin and matching earrings in sterling silver
Choker: 20 x 4 ½ inches; Earrings: 1 ¾ x 1 inches each
Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $300
Buy It Now: $600

2016 resident artist and current HCCC staff member Rene Lee Henry’s studio collection is inspired by aging modernist architecture, which is reflected through the shapes and colorations of her jewelry. She incorporates experimental materials and techniques to create a breadth of textures, which form a unique tactile and visual presentation.


Strains 3
Archival inkjet print with yarn
24 x 24 inches
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Buy It Now: $2,200

HCCC’s inaugural Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography residents in 2021, Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice utilizes collaboration, process, and media experimentation through video, photography, installation, sculpture, and interdisciplinary performance. They explore their relationships to each other and society with an uncanny sensibility that merges the real and unreal, blurring boundaries between life and art.


Untitled (brooch)
Copper, sterling silver, fine silver, vitreous enamel
2 ¾ x 2 ½ x 3/8 inches
Value: $600
Minimum Bid: $400
Buy It Now: $700

2007 resident artist and current HCCC staff member Jessica Jacobi explores social definitions of the body in her work, investigating different perspectives of corporeal elements, both segmented and whole.  She also enjoys the intimate quality of jewelry, where unexpected interactions can occur between the wearer and other viewers.



Color Story, Bittersweet
Sterling, smoky topaz, red obsidian, orange sapphire, almondine garnet, white sapphire, garnet, synthetic citrine, carnelian, citrine, fossilized dinosaur bone, bi-colored imperial topaz.
Chain 24 inches, pendant 2 ¾ x 4 ¼ x 3/8 inches
Value: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $800
Buy It Now: $1,800

A former resident artist and board president of HCCC, Edward Lane McCartney is a prolific mixed-media and jewelry artist. For the past two decades, he has honed his craft as an art jeweler, and much of his work involves pushing the boundaries of body adornment and traditional ornament.


Silver-plated found objects, 22 ¼ x 9 ½ inches
Value: $18,000
Minimum Bid: $10,000
Buy It Now: $20,000

Shortly after completing his residency at HCCC in 2014, Jaydan Moore was selected as the American Craft Council’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year. His work, which is on view in the MFAH’s Kinder building, is created from the deconstruction and reassembly of found silver-plated tableware, exploring the complex history of objects.

Donated by Jaydan Moore and Ornamentum Gallery



Wall Trio
Sterling silver, enameled copper, 7 1’/2 inches high x 12 inches wide
Value: $1,150
Minimum Bid: $600
Buy It Now: $1,300

2022 resident artist Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who specializes in pattern-formed enameled vessels and small-scale mechanisms. His work is about the simple joy he experiences in design, process, and craft. He hopes that the objects he makes will transmit that joy to others.



Lil Peanut Head
Cotton, wool, African trade beads, gemstones, glass beads, ink, vintage beads
9 x 8 x 6 inches
Value: $2,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Buy It Now: $3,000

Current resident artist Lakea Shepard, whose recent exhibition in Brooklyn was featured in New York Times Style, is a mixed-media designer, sculptor, and milliner. Lakea creates her unique sculptures using traditional, African textile techniques, including beading, weaving, and basketry.



Spikes, Dots and Stripes
Sterling silver, lapis, citrine, peridot, onyx, 3D printing, resin.
3 ¾ x 3 ½ x ¾ inches
Value: $800
Minimum Bid: $400
Buy It Now: $900

HCCC’s 2014 Texas Master, Sandie Zilker, is no stranger to experimentation in color, contrast, texture, pattern, and form. She sums up her aesthetic philosophy as this: “I’m kind of noisy, and so is my work. There is usually something loud about everything I do or make. Being boring or bored is my worst fear.”