At this year’s Spring Luncheon, HCCC presents a silent auction of exquisite art jewelry and craft objects, including a highly anticipated selection of ceramic artworks hand picked by our honorees, Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio.

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

See all the items and bid in person at the Crafting a Legacy Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 2nd!

Curated by Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio

b. brown
Mid-fire red sculpture body, underglaze, oil paint medium
22.5 x 21.5 inches
Value: $6,000          
Minimum Bid: $3,600
Buy It Now: $6,500

A rigorous dance practice lasting into early adulthood informed b. brown’s early years as an artist. When she turned her attention to clay, her love of honing technique and experiencing communion via somatic dialoging led to the artist discovering an innate understanding of the material and a deep desire to know more. This large-scale vessel suggests maps, fingerprints, celestial pin drops, shield and shelter, body and entity.

Joshua Clark
Soft Bait
10 x 4 x 8 inches
Value: $2,400
Minimum Bid: $1,440
Buy It Now: $2,650

This sculpture by Joshua Clark is made of embedded colored porcelain, a material imbued with color throughout, not only on the surface. Clark, who utilizes dimensional glazes that freeze in the moment of dripping, achieves a unique glaze effect and durability by firing the work multiple times. Referring to an artificial fishing lure, this piece is a rumination on attraction, desire, ornamentation, craft, and design.

Iva Haas
Stormy Sky Jewelry (earrings and necklace set)
Genuine 14k yellow gold, high-temperature wire, porcelain, glaze
Necklace: 18 inches, Chain 1.5 inches, Earrings: 2.5 inches
Value: $1,400
Minimum Bid: $840
Buy It Now: $1,550 

Iva Haas is a sculptural ceramic artist born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. In looking at her own past, as well as her people’s, she tries to create an object that memorializes what is still in decay. Her jewelry is handcrafted in a studio, in the rural mountains of Montana, and is inspired by the ever-changing mountain sky.

Perry Haas
Round Vase
Wood-fired porcelain
12 x 11 x 11 inches
Value: $1,200

Perry Haas is an American contemporary ceramic artist who makes functional pottery, focusing on wood-firing techniques. The traditional color palette of wood-fired ceramics is dark; however, Haas explores how porcelain surfaces can capture the pastel colors of the sky, like warm oranges, yellows, and blues. He is inspired by the mountains and streams of the landscape that surrounds him in his home studio, in Clancy, Montana.

Perry Haas
Sting Ray Bowl
Wood-fired stoneware
4 x 12 x 12 inches
Value: $500

Perry Haas is an American contemporary ceramic artist who makes functional pottery, focusing on wood-firing techniques. Drawing from a love for the wood-fired ceramic surface, he studies how ash in the kiln collects in different ways, across the convex and concave surfaces of his gestural clay forms. Haas is inspired by the mountains and streams of the landscape that surrounds him in his home studio in Clancy, Montana.

YoonJee Kwak
Patterned Memories: Dori Series No.3
Hand-built stoneware, colored stoneware, silk fabric
18.25 x 18.25 x 18.25 inches
Value: $7,500
Minimum Bid: $4,500
Buy It Now: $8,400 

In this sculptural vessel, YoonJee Kwak delves into the concept of Dori, which originates from the gesture of draping something round over an object and represents the path individuals should follow. Incorporating fabric onto her vessels allows Kwak to convey the natural flow and connection inherent in human relationships. She invites viewers to contemplate the intricacies of human connections, the paths we choose to follow, and the patterns of memories that shape our lives.

Jean Pierre Larocque
12 x 13.5 x 4.75 inches
Value: $3,500
Minimum Bid: $2,100
Buy It Now: $3,900 

Jean-Pierre Larocque, a Montreal artist, is equally at home in ceramics and charcoal. The artist achieved the beautiful dappled texture of this piece with layers of colored engobes and glazes. Larocque is interested not in the faithful representation of a given subject but in the medium’s language and what it is able to contribute to representation.

Peter Olson
Not Wall Flowers #8
Stoneware with original image
12 x 9 x 9 inches
Value: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,320
Buy It Now: $2,450 

Philadelphia-based photographer and ceramicist Peter Olson creates pieces that chemically and conceptually fuse the two media. His work collages forms and imagery from European art history with his own original street photography. His kaleidoscopic photo-collages wrap around the pieces completely—including the interiors—creating moments of surprise and hinting at narratives, as the past and present melt into one another.

Jami Porter Lara
Pit-fired foraged clay
13 x 8 x 8 inches
Value: $3,200
Minimum Bid: $1,920
Buy It Now: $3,500 

Jami Porter Lara is a conceptual artist who explores ideas about how the natural is used to naturalize the political. She is interested in the power of everyday objects, habits, and gestures to shape and reshape the world in which we live. Porter Lara lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is known for her black, vessel-like conceptual sculptures created using millennia-old ceramics techniques indigenous to the Chihuahuan Desert.

Judith Salomon
Tall Vase on Black Base
17.5 x 6.5 x 6 inches
Value: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,080
Buy It Now: $2,000 

Judith Salomon’s work revolves around her interest in creating vessels that can be used on a table, viewed on a shelf, contemplated on a pedestal, or interacted with in an installation. She borrows and appropriates the history of art and ceramics with abandon and collects random visuals in her daily life, which are reflected in her artwork and aesthetics. Clay is her choice of material, due to its history, tactile nature, and utilitarian usage.

Andy Shaw
Four trays (set)
Black stoneware
1 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
Value: $600

Andy Shaw’s work celebrates function. His meticulously crafted, beautifully proportioned forms and simply textured, patterned surfaces are highlighted through the pooling of a softly colored glaze. This set of four, color-blocked dinner trays was made by press-molding slabs of clay into bisque ring molds. Knowing that the porcelain will become an active component within someone’s home, Shaw designs each piece so that it can adapt to the personal preferences and space of the homeowner.

José Sierra
9.5 x 12 x 12 inches
Value: $3,500
Minimum Bid: $2,100
Buy It Now: $3,900 

While José Sierra is a self-taught artist, he was introduced to ceramics at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, where he learned the basic skills of mixing clay and glazes, as well as wheel throwing. In 2000, he moved to the United States, where he dedicated himself to both sculpture and pottery. Sierra currently resides in New Mexico, where he is a studio ceramicist.

Bobby Silverman
Glazed porcelain, chrome
14 x 5.5 inches
Value: $2,800

Bobby Silverman is an artist and designer who lives and works in New York City. His works balances material, process, and idea in a strong, unified whole. In his materials, he brings together pieces with international origins: large-format tiles that originated in China and glazes from England and the Netherlands. Silverman’s technically demanding process combines complex glazing and multi-firing methods that unite the materials in a way that supports and conveys his underlying concepts.

Chris Staley
Four Black and White Teabowls (set)
12 x 14 inches
Value: $900

Chris Staley has long been interested in the relationship between the square and the circle: the square being conceptual and manmade, and the circle being intuitive and of nature. The artist says, “To hold a cup is to stop time. The cups on a shelf become visual.” Staley feels his works challenge Descartes’ famous quote, “I think, therefore I am. I feel, therefore I am.”

Curated by HCCC

Juan Carlos Escobedo
Fitted Fit-in Jacket x J.ESC
White paper, white matte board, brown cardboard
39 x 36 x 7.5 inches
Value: $10,000
Minimum Bid: $6,000
Buy It Now: $11,000 

Juan Carlos Escobedo explores his identity as a queer, brown Mexican American, raised in a lower income community along the U.S.-Mexico border. His work addresses residual class and race shame that arises from living in a predominantly white-structured United States that favors light-skinned individuals and middle-class-and-above socioeconomic classes. This work made from paper alludes to what he calls “code switching” from a white academic code to a brown low-socioeconomic code.

Tarina Frank
Paper Chain Necklace
Paper and glue
18 x 10 x 4 inches
Value: $750
Minimum Bid: $450
Buy It Now: $850 

A 2013 resident artist and current HCCC staff member, Tarina Frank is known for making jewelry using recycled paper and other found objects that often incorporate storytelling. Her work challenges the conventional understanding of the material value of jewelry and its function as a status symbol. This wearable statement necklace is made from recycled images of diamonds from magazines.

Nela Garzón
Mixed media (primer, air-dry clay, epoxy clay and stone finish), repurposed toy purse
11 x 11.5 x 4 inches
Value: $1,100
Minimum Bid: $660
Buy It Now: $1,200 

Driven by her admiration of cultural diversity, recent resident artist Nela Garzón adopts and modifies traditional techniques to explore global issues such as colonialism, racism, and migration. This piece’s title, Tsípyan, means “she organizes” or “tidies up” in Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes in South America. The work is part of her series, which portrays Pre-Columbian-inspired idols that encase mass-consumer goods like toys and appliances found in local thrift stores.

René Lee Henry
Ghosts Series #2 (Hot Springs, AR) (necklace)
Brass, steel, photo transfer
15 x 17 inches with chain
Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $300
Buy It Now: $600 

2016 resident artist and current HCCC staff member Rene Lee Henry creates limited-production jewelry and one-of-a-kind sculptural jewelry inspired by abandoned architecture. Her work revolves around an overarching theme that explores the conflicting forces between humans and the natural world, depicting their struggle for dominance. The work in her ”Ghost” series includes glimpses of decaying and neglected structures by incorporating image transfers of her photography. This approach serves as both a literal and figurative reinterpretation of these fragile and desolate places in jewelry form.

Guadalupe Hernandez
Buenos y Baratos
Hand-cut Lokta paper
17 x 21 inches
Value: $700
Minimum Bid: $420
Buy It Now: $800 

2023 resident artist Guadalupe Hernandez examines his cultural identity by reinterpreting childhood memories and family stories that connect to his past and offer greater meaning to his present. His elaborate, papel picado-inspired works require thousands of paper cuts created with a combination of blades, woodworking chisels, and leather punches.

Robert Hodge
All I want is what I can’t buy
Mixed media on reclaimed paper, hemp thread
25 x 25 inches
Value: $7,000
Minimum Bid: $4,200
Buy It Now: $7,700 

Current resident artist Robert Hodge celebrates resilience and reclamation through commemorations of African American cultural icons. His collage-based works pair urban detritus and found objects with cut-out images, lyrics, and other signifiers of the African American experience, creating a duality of meaning in which fragments of everyday life become conduits of artistic expression.

Jessica Jacobi
Alveolate Trickle (earrings)
Sterling silver, 24K-plated beads
1.25 x 1.25 x .5 inches
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $120
Buy It Now: $250 

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 enjoys the intimate quality of jewelry and the ways in which it can prompt unexpected interactions between the wearer and viewer. These stunning earrings are made from sterling silver with a patina and hand-sewn strands of 24K-plated beads.          

Hai-Wen Lin
Two Sleeves, Four Windows
Thrifted sportscoat, donated fabrics, bamboo, thread
As a wall piece: 29 x 41 inches; as hung on a kite line: 67 x 41 x 24 inches
Value: $1,000
Minimum Bid: $600
Buy It Now: $1,150

Current resident artist Hai-Wen Lin’s kite-making practice borrows from the languages of garment construction and patternmaking as a sculptural means of understanding how to free, fly, and extend the body and placing it in conversation with the sun, wind, and sky. This kite is constructed from sleeves and buttons torn from a thrifted sport coat, donations from an old costume maker, surplus fabric from the Fashion Resource Center in Chicago, and dried bamboo on the side of a road.

Edward Lane McCartney
Color Story, Rouge (ring)
Sterling, ruby (center stone), ruby in matrix, garnet, pink topaz, synthetic ruby, pink tourmaline, amethyst, strawberry quartz, bi-color tourmaline, synthetic pink sapphire, watermelon tourmaline
3 x 2 x 1 ½ inches
Value: $1,500
Minimum Bid: $900
Buy It Now: $1,700 

A former resident artist and board president of HCCC, Edward Lane McCartney is a prolific mixed-media and jewelry artist. For nearly 20 years, he has honed his craft as an art jeweler, and much of his work involves pushing the boundaries of body adornment and traditional ornament.

Kathryn Rabinow
Lazy River Scarf
71 x 40 inches
Editions of 2
Value: $700
Minimum Bid: $450
Buy It Now: $800

Kathryn Rabinow’s wearable art reflects her delight in the world. Her abstract work originates from photographs that she captured and then altered until the image becomes something very different. What results is a work that speaks to the essence of the object or scene. Limited to an edition of two per image, her 100% cashmere shawls bring her photography to life and allow the wearer to be literally wrapped in art.

Lakea Shepard
Surrounded by a Sea Full of Non-Trustees
Beads, cable wire, repurposed trinkets, yarn, pearls, seashells, felt, acrylic paint
14 x 8 x 5 inches
Value: $5,000
Minimum Bid: $3,000
Buy It Now: $5,500 

Recent resident artist Lakea Shepard is mixed-media designer, sculptor, and milliner. Being raised by a mechanic and a textile worker birthed the artist’s passion for designing “head-sculptures,” using traditional, African textile techniques, including beading, weaving, and basketry.

Sandie Zilker
Spikey Stripe Earrings
Sterling silver, resin
2.75 x 1/2 x 3/8 inches
Value: $375

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.”

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