Ceramics in the Environment

May 29, 2015 — August 29, 2015
In the Craft Garden

Opening Reception
Friday, May 29, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Course of Action: 50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art in the Artist Hall, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Craft Garden Reception
Saturday, June 27, 2:00 PM

Over two semesters, students in the MFAH Glassell School of Art’s “Special Topics: Ceramics in the Environment” course investigated the concepts of installation, time-based works, and site specificity, while working in clay media. Topics ranged from how a sculpture can change depending on its spatial relationship and locale–whether in a natural or manmade environment–to areas of professional development, including instructions on how to create a proposal for various uses such as an exhibition or public art project. The students worked within the parameters of HCCC’s Craft Garden for the creation of their own site-specific installations, taking into consideration the changing landscape of the garden over the course of the summer and the relationship of clay to the natural environment. The project culminated in this outdoor exhibition at HCCC. Featured artists include Mary Aldrich, Loes Berendschot, Nell Gottlieb, Renee LeBlanc, Michelle Matthews, Kim Millspaugh, Polly Ruhlman, Anne Steacy, and Wouter Van Der Tol.

The “Ceramics in the Environment” course was created in partnership with Jeff Forster, Ceramics Chair at the MFAH Glassell School of Art, and HCCC Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski.

Above: (1 – 7) Exhibition view of “Ceramics in the Environment.” Photos by Kim Coffman. (8 – 15) Photos courtesy of students in the Glassell School of Art, “Ceramics in the Environment” class.