When visitors experience the What Happened Today? exhibition that will be on view at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft starting September 18th of this year, they will encounter a physical object – a deeply textural and, I daresay, unusual textile. Made up of the daily writings of a wide cross-section of Houstonians, and also the hooked-rug-handiwork of a diverse collection of groups city-wide, this sculptural expression will be a rich, and interesting object to experience!
Embarking on a project such as the What Happened Today? exhibition leaves the richness of the outcome up to the members of the public who get involved. This can be unnerving, but in the case of the citizens of Houston, the results are every bit as interesting as we’d hoped. With the generous partnership of the Houston Chronicle, we expect thousands of notes to make their way to HCCC through July.
We’d like to share just a few out of hundreds of 3”x 3” notes that have been submitted so far. Enjoy the texture of what has been shared–the character of the handwriting, the thoughts–and most of all, what happened on these days.
Among the many reasons to celebrate this month, we will be honoring HCCC volunteers during the Asher Holiday Soiree on November 20. Our volunteers are the people that keep us running–providing administrative support, pouring drinks, leading tours, and filling a wide variety of other needs. We asked several of our volunteers to tell us why they donate their time for HCCC.
We recently asked HCCC Curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, to give us her thoughts on the current exhibition, CraftTexas 2014, on view now through December 24, 2014.
This month, five new artists begin their residencies at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. There are many different reasons for them to choose HCCC. Some were drawn to the program by the city of Houston itself, with its vibrant arts scene and cultural community. (In fact, many former resident artists choose to settle here afterwards.) Others are attracted by what our program offers: a monthly and quarterly stipend, studios with 24/7 access, and monthly professional development opportunities. The quality of our program is clearly demonstrated by how applicants are finding us; currently, most are referred by word of mouth from colleagues or instructors. Continue Reading »
Texas is brimming with artists, offering you beautiful work exemplified by individuality and spirit. Check out these fine examples of Texan craft to see how they stand out from the mass-produced, and see why we think buying handmade is the ideal choice for consumers. Continue Reading »
Ashley Powell, HCCC Curatorial Assistant, and Kathryn Hall, HCCC Curatorial Fellow, recently interviewed former resident artist, Christina Carfora, at the end of her residency. Christina is currently living in Denton, Texas, teaching ceramics at Texas Women’s University, working in her studio, and taking graduate classes.
Ashley Powell: We’ve noticed a relationship between your drawings and your ceramic sculptures. Can you tell us how they work together and inform each other?
Yes, the two are definitely very integrally tied together, and, often, when I’m working on a piece, I’ll start with a sketch. However, I sort of vacillate back and forth, and, as I’m working on a drawing, it often inspires other concepts and other pieces. When I’m working on my sculptures, I think of other ideas for drawings. I like this aspect of the drawings because you don’t have to deal with gravity like you do in the very structural ways when making sculptural work. When working on the sculptures, I really like getting the clay in my hands and being able to feel the tactile-ness. I also like the way people emotionally interact with the sculptural work on a different level. Continue Reading »