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HCCC ANNOUNCES CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted January 15, 2021 in Press Releases

Free Online Application Open through March 1, 2021

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its application for the 2021 – 2022 Cycle (September 2021 – August 2022) of its Artist Residency Program is now open through March 1, 2021. This year, due to generous funding, there is no online application fee, and all artists working in craft media, including wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media, are encouraged to apply.

About the Artist Residency Program

For nearly 20 years, the Center’s artist residency program has offered time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media.  Each year, artists apply from throughout the U.S. and beyond, and eight-to-ten artists are selected for a three-to-twelve-month residency. The juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.

Residents are required to have their studios open for at least two days each week, giving visitors the unique opportunity to walk in, ask questions, and watch them work. This deeper level of interaction between artists and visitors allows the public to learn about a range of craft processes and techniques and helps artists to gain exposure, make connections within the Houston community, and educate people of all ages about craft. Applicants should consider the public facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engagement with working artists. Continue Reading >

“WEAVE HOUSTON” SHOWCASES DIVERSITY IN FIBER ARTS AND HANDWEAVING

Posted December 8, 2020 in Press Releases

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. Weave Houston showcases the history and diversity of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston’s membership, featuring works from emerging practitioners and longtime fiber artists. Noted fiber artist Dr. Mary Ruth Smith juried several awards for works that highlight exceptional craftsmanship and innovative use of materials.

The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston (CHH) was founded in 1949 as a chapter of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas to provide a common meeting ground for weavers throughout the state. In its 70 years as a guild, the non-profit organization has promoted the education of and interest in handweaving and fiber-related crafts. This is accomplished through regular gatherings and demonstrations at schools, museums, and festivals throughout the Houston community, including the Livestock Show and Rodeo. CHH has an ongoing relationship with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and sponsors a scholarship for its resident artists who are weavers and demonstrate or lead activities at HCCC events.  Continue reading.

FORMS OF INHERITANCE: THE WORK OF ANNA MAYER

Posted December 8, 2020 in Press Releases

This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer, an exhibition of ceramic and bronze sculptures that explores humanity’s reckoning with mortality and demonstrates the fragility and fierceness of the natural world.

Anna Mayer’s social and sculptural practice explores the impact of humanity throughout geologic time, with a focus on the temporal relationship between humans and the land beyond an individual’s life span. Her work in the exhibition reflects deeply upon the realities of death and decay. Drawing upon a language of mourning and burial practices, she uses materials like raw clay and porcelain dinnerware to communicate a narrative of what remains when people die and what is left for others to inherit. By grinding pieces of dinnerware she inherited and mixing the bits with raw clay to give it a new texture and purpose, she creates sculptures that appear to seep and bubble-up from the ground. These ceramic works are juxtaposed with a pair of bronze hands and feet that are cast from a composite of Mayer’s own body, along with the fingers and toes of others from communities in Los Angeles and Houston, where the artist has lived. By combining attributes from different people to form a new body, Mayer identifies a need for a society that relies on the collective strength of individuals.  Continue Reading.

TEXAS MASTER JAMES C. WATKINS’ LUSTROUS CERAMIC VESSELS – FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION AT HCCC

Posted December 1, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) December 9, 2020 – In 2021, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present a solo exhibition by outstanding Lubbock ceramicist and educator, James C. Watkins, who was recently named a Texas Master by HCCC. Watkins joins an impressive roster of other Texas Master awardees—including curator Clint Willour (Houston) and artists Harlan Butt (Denton), Cindy Hickok (Houston), Rachelle Thiewes (El Paso), Piero Fenci (Nacogdoches), and Sandie Zilker (Houston)—recognized for their roles as career artists, professionals, or educators who have made a significant impact on the field of craft in Texas.

James C. Watkins has built an extraordinary career as a ceramicist and an educator. He received his MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been featured in 40 solo exhibitions and 164 group exhibitions around the world, and he has pieces in 23 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library (Little Rock, AR), the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies (Shigaraki, Japan), the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), and, most recently, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX). Continue reading.

“META-FORMATION” EMBRACES NON-TRADITIONAL BLACKSMITHING

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Meta-Formation: New Connections in Contemporary Blacksmithing. The exhibition showcases some of the best metalworkers in the field today, illustrating the magic of forged metal. The featured work, from sculpture to functional ware, exemplifies a diversity of artistic expression, while embracing approaches that go beyond traditional blacksmithing techniques.

Spearheaded by New Orleans-based metalworker and designer Rachel David of Red Metal, Meta-Formation first debuted at the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN) in 2019. Jurors Andy Cooperman, Hoss Haley, and former HCCC Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro selected works from an open call, giving preference to those that exhibited outstanding sculptural and design qualities. Continue reading.

“IN RESIDENCE” CELEBRATES WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present In Residence: 13th Edition, an exhibition celebrating the Artist Residency Program, which has supported artists working in the field of craft for almost two decades. The show features work in clay, metal, and fiber by 2019-2020 resident artists Lauren Eckert, Tim Gonchoroff, Nicolle LaMere, Audrey LeGalley, Maxwell Mustardo, Abi Ogle, Masako Onodera, and Brian Vu.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC gives resident artists a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with other artists, arts professionals, and the public. HCCC Curatorial Fellow María-Elisa Heg notes, “This edition of In Residence finds HCCC’s resident-artist cohort adapting to unprecedented times. The works on view represent a determined continuation of craft practice, affirming its vital importance to the world at this time.” Continue reading.

“BREAKING TRADITION” FEATURES GENRE-DEFYING DECORATIVE ARTS

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts. The exhibition features three artists—Sophie Glenn, Steven Young Lee, and Beth Lipman—who challenge the dominant cultural narratives of the decorative arts through unconventional furniture, porcelain, photography, and cast-metal pieces.

Historically, the decorative arts prize a strict hierarchy of material and technique set forth by a select group of arts professionals and collectors. HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall says the artists in this exhibition disrupt assumptions about the genre’s history, by making it relatable to a broader audience: “By recontextualizing traditional archetypes, patterns, and decorative motifs in a modern world, these three artists look critically at how they identify with these cultural artifacts.” Continue Reading.

HILLERBRAND+MAGSAMEN SELECTED FOR INAUGURAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CRAFT + PHOTOGRAPHY RESIDENCY

Posted July 14, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 14, 2020 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the selection of Houston-based artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen as the recipients of the inaugural Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Artist Residency. Offered by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), the three-month residency was created in response to the growing number of artists who are working at the intersection of contemporary craft and photography and supports those with an experimental, multidisciplinary edge, who are testing the boundaries within both fields. Continue Reading.

HCCC ANNOUNCES 2020 – 2021 RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted July 14, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 14, 2020 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce its newest class of residents for 2020 – 2021, a group of 10 outstanding artists working in a variety of craft disciplines.

This year, the artist residency program is generously supported by new grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. Grant support by both the NEA Art Works program and the Horn Foundation will provide an increase in monthly stipends for the residents, as well as contribute to the operations, exhibitions, and administrative needs of the innovative program.  Continue Reading

 

Grow a Plant from a Cutting!

Posted April 8, 2020 in Learn

Expand your garden at home by adding a new plant without visiting a nursery! Now is the best time to start your mini urban garden if you don’t have enough space at home. You can grow your favorite plant in the most creative way possible. Experiment with a variety of plants and see which ones easily grow new roots in water.  Last month, we had to cut down a small tree in our backyard as it becoming home to some pest we do not want in the garden. The mini chainsaw we got from OccupyTheFarm proved to be very useful during that time. Because of this incident, we decided to plant more to compensate for that lovely tree we lost. This project is great for little kids to help with.

✶✶ Great for kids aged 5+ ✶✶

Materials:

✶ Clean scissors
✶ Mother plant
✶ Glass jar
✶ Water
✶ Soil
✶ Pot for plant

Steps:

  1. Grab a pair of scissors and jar of water and take a walk.
  2. Look for plants with non-woody stems to try and propagate from a cutting. The mother plant (the one you’re cutting from) should be large enough, so that removing one or more cuttings will not harm or kill it. Woody plants such as hibiscus and citrus do not root well in water.
  3. Remove all the leaves except the top two. Cut the top two leaves in half with scissors.
  4. Place your cuttings in a jar of water and set them near a sunny window. Watch and wait about 2 – 4 weeks. Some plants will easily grow new roots; others may die. Plants that are easy to propagate include willow, salvia, and begonias.
  5. Once the plants have established roots, plant them in potting soil in a pot.
  6. Congratulations! You just cloned a plant!