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Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 11, 2021 – This winter, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) showcases a survey of artists who find exciting ways to reuse and repurpose materials, scraps, and castoffs through ingenuity in Nothing Goes to Waste. Highlighting works created from discarded materials like ceramic shards, cut paper, and marble remnants, the exhibition explores how salvaged material can inspire creativity and provoke curiosity about the impact various industrial and artistic processes have on the ecology of the planet.

In the face of stifling realities such as the pandemic, many artists have shifted their studio practices and enlisted community support, using reclaimed materials from their networks in meaningful ways. Prompted by recent attacks on the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service, paper artist Leigh Suggs developed her Postal Quilt series, made from thousands of security envelopes that she collected from individuals across the country. In conversation with the communal history of the medium of quilting, these folded and stitched paper compositions pay tribute to postal workers and the critical role they fill in American life.

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Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 28, 2021Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cydney Pickens as the next HCCC Curatorial Fellow.  Pickens is a graduate of the Art History program at the University of Houston and has previously worked at HCCC as a curatorial intern, assisting with research and exhibition installations, and as a visitor services associate, leading tours and educating the public about the artworks on view. She also served as a gallery assistant at Foelber Pottery and most recently worked in the fast-paced world of Gallery One Auctions.

Generously supported by the Windgate Foundation, the Center’s Curatorial Fellowship Program trains and supports the next generation of curators in the field of contemporary craft. Fellows join HCCC for a three-year term, working alongside the curator in the development, organization, and implementation of the organization’s exhibitions program, as well as partnering with staff across departments, in support of education and artist residency initiatives. Former fellows have taken leading curatorial positions in the field, including those at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Corning Museum of Glass; the Center for Craft (formerly the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design); and Lawndale Art Center, as well as HCCC.

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Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Asher Gallery Holiday Pop-up

For a limited time, the Asher Gallery gift shop returns to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) for a holiday pop-up sale. Shoppers will find a unique selection of craft-centric and handmade gifts, featuring everything from ceramics, DIY kits, and jewelry to original artwork, art books, and decorations—plus fun things for crafty kids, big and small!

HCCC Members receive 10% off their purchase and free gift wrapping on Saturdays in December.

Asher Pop-up Events:
**Gift wrapping available on December 4th, 11th and 18th, 11 AM – 3 PM
**Silk-Screening Demo on December 4th, 11 AM – 3 PM
**Trunk Show with Dirigible Designs on December 18th, 11 AM – 3 PM

WHO:  Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

WHEN:  November 18 – December 24, 2021; shop is open during HCCC’s public hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. (Closed Sunday and Monday.)

WHERE:  4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002


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Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

WHAT:  20th Anniversary Artist Residency Sale

This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) celebrates 20 years of its artist residency program by hosting the 20th Anniversary Artist Residency Sale, an online shopping event featuring works from past and present resident artists.

Since 2001, 160 artists have passed through the residency studios at HCCC, and more than 20 of them will be featured in this sale, which offers shoppers a terrific opportunity to support working artists while building their collections. Art and craft lovers can shop from a variety of unique pieces, including sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more. This online sale marks the soft return of HCCC’s Asher Gallery, which will host a few online and pop-up sales events over the coming year.

HCCC members get first dibs, with exclusive shopping dates October 4 – 10 and a 10% discount. The public can access the sale, starting October 11th. Shoppers are encouraged to follow the new Asher Gallery Instagram account, @crafthoustonstore, to get sneak peaks of some of the fabulous pieces for sale.

WHO:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

WHEN:  October 4 – 17, 2021

**Open Exclusively to HCCC Members:  October 4 – 10**
**Open to Public: October 11 – 17**


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The Control Over Women’s Bodies, Expressed in Porcelain, Rope, and Hair

HyperallergicPosted November 9, 2021 in In The News

Jennifer Ling Datchuk’s exhibition is filled with the haunting, rhythmic sounds of gently clattering porcelain.

By Lauren Moya Ford

Jennifer Ling Datchuk, still from “Tame” (2021), video (photo by Walley Films, courtesy Jennifer Ling Datchuk)

HOUSTON — While conducting research at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center in 2018, Jennifer Ling Datchuk came upon a poster that caught her attention. “Chinese Carry Out Family Planning for the Revolution” by the Shanghai People’s Publishing House features a smiling, smocked woman who holds a bottle of birth control pills and is surrounded by cartoons of a woman and a child engaging in lively activities. The slogan below reads, “Later, Longer, Fewer,” encouraging women to have later marriages, longer periods between births, and fewer children. The 1974 poster is a precursor to China’s one-child policy that was instituted five years later to slow the country’s climbing birth rates.

As empowering as the poster’s message may seem, it also draws certain parallels with the most recent restrictions on women’s reproductive rights in Texas, where Datchuk has lived and worked for the past 13 years. In response to the poster, Datchuk wrote, “This message suggests that women have the power and access to resources in order to make these decisions in the first place.” Now as then, from Shanghai to San Antonio, women’s bodies are subject to state control.

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This Time ‘Round: Jennifer Ling Datchuk At Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Arts and Culture TexasPosted October 20, 2021 in In The News

By Nancy Zastudil

Creative expression is often responsive to, or even dictated by, circumstance. German playwright Berthold Brecht recognized as much with his 1939 poem “Motto.” In dark times, he wrote, there will be singing. But, the singing will be about the dark times.

San Antonio-based artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk reminded me of Brecht’s riddle-like assurance while discussing her current exhibition Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk, on view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft until Jan. 8, 2022. The works in the show include the artist’s signature blue and white porcelain sculptures, multimedia installations, and video, all of which “directly address viewers by critiquing the realities and contemporary perceptions of women’s access and liberation.”

“Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk” at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Installation photo by Katy Anderson.

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Once an Outlet for Rebels and Outsiders, Zines Are Making a Comeback for Everyone

Texas HighwaysPosted October 1, 2021 in In The News

The exhibit ‘Copy Culture’ at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Zine Fest Houston are two upcoming events for zine fans

By John Nova Lomax

Sarah Welch’s Holdouts and Holdouts: Giveth and Taketh are featured in the exhibit Copy Culture. Courtesy of the artist.

Remember zines, those self-published, photocopied mini-magazines that proliferated among Generation X youth? During their heyday, these periodically produced journals informed readers what was and wasn’t punk in the ’80s and where you could skate and see underground concerts.

The movement seemed to crest in the ’90s, riding along a premium coffee-fueled tsunami that included grunge music, flannel shirts, and Third Wave feminism as exemplified by the Riot Grrrl movement. Looking back, I am a bit astonished there was never a movie starring Winona Ryder as a feisty and soulful zinester.

For the casual observer (namely, me), it had long seemed that zines, alongside record stores and bookshops, were yet another casualty of the internet. This notion was confirmed to me back around 2002, when I was music editor for the Houston Press, the Bayou City’s alternative weekly. I had the bright idea to write a story on Houston’s music zine scene, and found out it no longer existed. The entire movement had migrated to the internet, where anyone could write fired-up, raging blogs or cringeworthy self-confessional LiveJournal entries. It seemed, for a time, zines all but disappeared.

But zines have come roaring back. Cities around Texas, including San AntonioAustin, and Fort Worth, are not just home to a few scattered zines, but fertile enough to spawn yearly festivals and other events. Beginning Saturday, Houston kicks off its own zine season, with two complementary and intertwined events: the opening of Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the release party of HomecomingZine Fest Houston’s 2021 anthology of Bayou City zines, occurring later that same day at Axelrad Beer Garden. Then, on Nov. 13, there’s a festivals devoted to zines at Zine Fest Houston.

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Get “Suited Up” and Learn about Past and Future Body Armor

Houstonia MagazinePosted July 7, 2021 in In The News

The new Houston Center for Contemporary Craft exhibition, sure to please every Bayou City geek, runs through September 11.

By Rebekah Kibodeaux


A typical weekend in Houston doesn’t generally involve riding horseback into a Medieval battle or charging alien enemies alongside The Avengers, thus largely reducing the average occurrence of spotting someone dressed in an iron chest plate or an intricate leather gorget on the corner of Rusk and Main. With the 2021 Comicpalooza convention right around the corner, however, don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly inspired to learn a little more about the art of the cosplay.

In Midtown, there’s an exhibit already in play that hopes to demonstrate just that. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and its resident artists continually produce and present eye-catchingly unique pieces that promote an array of art styles: metal-smithing, woodworking, fabric and wool manipulations, and paperwork, to list just a few. Until September 11, visitors will have access to their latest exhibition, Suited Up: Contemporary Armor Making in Texas, which highlights suits of armor inspired by historical re-enactments and iconic pop-culture warriors and explores the extraordinary craftsmanship behind armor making in the Lone Star State.

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Sculpting Ground into Gold: James C. Watkins at HCCC

Rice Design AlliancePosted April 28, 2021 in In The News

By Michael McFadden

Studio portrait of James C. Watkins. Photo by Bonni Oakes. Courtesy Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

In working with clay, an artist communes with a material tradition that spans thousands of years and stretches around the planet. With each passing decade, the medium becomes more accessible, more demystified, easier for the untrained to manipulate. Yet, ceramics remain an amphitheater from which stories and traditions are shared.

While other mediums carry certain historical baggage that weighs them down, the versatility found in clay connects cultures across imagined and fabricated boundaries. Over the course of his storied career, ceramicist James C. Watkins, who lives and works in Lubbock, has spent decades learning and mastering skills of the craft and implementing them in his practice.

On view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) through May 8, 2021, Texas Master Series: James C. Watkins honors the artist for his dedication to his craft. While the exhibition focuses on more recent works, it showcases the breadth of Watkinss career and the diversity of his skill and inspiration.

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The History of Craft and How Artisans Created America — Glenn Adamson’s New Book Gets a Texas Moment

Paper City MagazinePosted April 21, 2021 in In The News

Crafting a Legacy Lets You Get Involved

By Crystal Correa

Glenn Adamson’s groundbreaking new book, “Craft: An American History,” rewrites the history of our country’s craft movement with its focus on diversity and inclusion. The charismatic author is the featured speaker at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s spring benefit, Crafting a Legacy, set for Thursday, April 22, 6 pm.

There’s nothing like wrapping yourself in a crocheted or handwoven textile, seeing the ridge marks of evenly spaced fingers on clay that has been delicately turned into a useful ceramic piece, or basking in the mystical properties of Native American jewelry. But have you ever stopped to think about the artisans behind these masterpieces?

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