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CRAFT COMMUNITY DAY

Please join HCCC for Craft Community Day

A free spring event featuring local artist guilds and community groups. Visitors of all ages are invited to see a variety of craft demonstrations—previous years have included blacksmithing and metal arts, woodturning, weaving, knitting, ceramics, book arts, and more—and visit the resident artists’ studios, view current exhibitions, and find one-of-a-kind gifts in the Asher Gallery.

Check back for a list of participating artist guilds closer to the event date.

Craft Community Day replaces Hands-on Houston in March. HoH will resume in April!

Please note:  The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for demonstrations, but street parking is available nearby.

When:
Mar 3, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

VALENTINE’S SIP & SHOP

Stop by Asher Gallery the weekend before Valentine’s Day to find the perfect gift for your special someone—or yourself!

Choose from a fantastic selection of one-of-a-kind gifts–including contemporary jewelry by featured artist, Georgina Trevino, plus, ceramics, home décor, and wearables.  Enjoy chocolates, bubbly, and other refreshments while you shop!  As always, HCCC members save 10%.

When:
Feb 10, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
General Categories: 

WINTER/SPRING OPENING RECEPTION

The opening reception will celebrate Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action with live performances in the Main Galleries and Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft in the Artist Hall.

The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

From 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Lily Reeves will perform Methods of Healing. Reeves will interact with the audience, passing a neon hoop over and around participants and helping them to relax into a meditative state, allowing the light to stimulate their senses.

At 7:00 PM, Lily Reeves and James Akers will perform Neon Sword Fight, during which the artists will  wield “Star Wars”-like, glass light sabers in a battle between opposing forces of good (cool-blue argon) and evil (orange-red neon). The battle during the opening will mark only the second performance of the piece in public.

When:
Feb 9, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CRAFTTEXAS 2018

Application Now Open!

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

Juror
CraftTexas 2018 will be juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She has curated a number of exhibitions at that institution, including Melvin Edwards: In OklahomaJeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015, she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art; Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Previously, Scanlan was the associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has lectured internationally and has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Exhibition Dates
September 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Artist Eligibility

  • CraftTexas 2018 is open to craft artists currently residing in Texas.
  • The following craft media is accepted: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) original works completed within the last two (2) years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the show and may not be withdrawn from the exhibition at any time prior to the closing date of January 6, 2019.
  • Crated work must fit through a 4′ x 8′ door, and actual work may not exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at HCCC in the past.

Awards

  • Three (3) Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be selected by the juror.

Online Application Process

  • All applications must be completed and submitted online via the Slideroom system.
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Midnight, Central Standard Time).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submission Materials

  • Artist statement (maximum of 1000 characters).
  • Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of work. Artists should submit only one (1) digital image per work, for a total of up to three (3) images. All images must be in high-resolution .jpeg format (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.) DO NOT submit detail images.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $36 to be paid by credit card.

Jury Process
Work submitted to CraftTexas 2018 will be juried via the Slideroom system using high-resolution digital images. Images must be accurate representations of the work. Accepted work that differs significantly from the images may be rejected at the discretion of HCCC. No substitutions of accepted work will be allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Notification of acceptance will be on or before June 1, 2018.
  • Accepted work must arrive to HCCC between Monday, September 17, and Friday, September 24, 2018. Please make proper arrangements for delivery or with your shipper to ensure arrival dates.
  • All work will be installed by professional staff and may not be shown at the discretion of HCCC’s curatorial department. Packaging and artworks must be in good condition and able to withstand the strains of transportation. Work must be properly packaged for travel; wooden crates or double-boxed cardboard containers are highly recommended.
  • Artists are responsible for transit and insurance of accepted work to HCCC. COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • HCCC will provide insurance for all works while they are exhibited on site and upon their return to the artist.
  • HCCC reserves the right to photograph and distribute any images of work in the exhibition for educational or publicity purposes, via electronic or print media of any kind.
  • HCCC may use the images submitted for the jury process for publication and publicity. Please ensure submitted images are professionally photographed and are print quality (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches).

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large.

Questions?
Address questions regarding application guidelines and submission process to applications@crafthouston.org.


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TREACHERY OF MATERIAL: THE SURREALIST IMPULSE IN CRAFT


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft, featuring Michael Crowder and Julia Maria Künnap, two artists who use surrealist strategies and references in their work. The exhibition offers a series of puzzling and beautiful objects made from cast glass, fine metals and gemstones, along with nontraditional materials like ash and soap, to highlight the unexpected relationship between Surrealism and craft.

Known for its outlandish and irrational imagery meant to express the power of imagination and the unconscious mind, Surrealism has maintained its strong cultural relevance since its introduction in the 1920s, becoming a mainstay not only in art museums but in ad campaigns, films, fashion, and household objects as well.  Both Surrealism and craft incorporate a range of materials and traditions that have proven difficult to categorize as a whole. Many of the Surrealist masters, notably Salvador Dalí, Méret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, and Pedro Friedeberg, made forays into craft media during their careers, producing work in jewelry and metals, fiber and furniture. Their influence on craft continues today, as seen in the works of Crowder and Künnap.

Though he creates much of his sculpture from kiln-fired glass, often employing a pâte de verre technique that fuses glass particles into an open crystalline structure, Michael Crowder incorporates a range of particulate mediums like soap, sugar, chocolate, marble dust, wax, and ashes in his cast objects. His body of work, L’heure bleue, was completed during a fellowship at the home of Dora Maar (which she shared with Pablo Picasso) in Ménerbes, France. In the series, which references the “blue hour” between daylight and dark, he portrays 20th-century art historical icons that are sculpted and cast from nontraditional materials, which would be self-obliterating if ever used for their intended purpose.  From a wax pipe referencing Magritte’s famous painting, The Treachery of Images (1929), to a cast-glass tire alluding to Robert Raushenberg’s Untitled (glass tires) (1997), each of Crowder’s sculptural objects is made from materials that defy its function.

Künnap, on the other hand, applies her mastery of lapidary stonecutting to form gemstones that visually defy and denature the material itself.  Through an incredibly precise and time-consuming process, she captures a sense of wonderment in her work, creating gemstones that appear to be in an eternal state of melting, dripping, and splashing.  By capturing impossibilities that seem conceived of in a dream state, her pieces hold a strong conceptual link to some of the most famous visual strategies of Surrealism, such as the “melting” clocks depicted in Salvador Dalí’s seminal painting, The Persistence of Memory (1931).

Treachery of Material was curated by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, who traces a lineage of Surrealism in craft media through the exhibition. “The show brings to the fore two contemporary artists whose works apply key strategies and tenets of Surrealism to demonstrate the contemporary and continual significance of Surrealism in visual culture.”

About the Artists 

Michael Crowder holds an MFA degree from Kent State University in Ohio and is currently based in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Gandi Maidan Museum in Patna, India.  He was nominated for the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award and was the recipient of multiple Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, fellowships at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.

Julia Maria Künnap holds an MFA in jewelry art from the Estonian Academy of the Arts and a degree from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently based in Tallinn, Estonia. She was the recipient of the prestigious Ruth Reisert-Hafner Stipendium and residency at the Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery in Florence. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and her first solo exhibition took place at the Emerging Artist Platform at Sienna Patti Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts.

When:
Jan 26, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Thursday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Friday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Saturday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Sunday Time & Price:
12:00-5:00pm Free
General Categories: 

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CRAFTTEXAS 2018

Application Now Open!

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

Juror
CraftTexas 2018 will be juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She has curated a number of exhibitions at that institution, including Melvin Edwards: In OklahomaJeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015, she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art; Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Previously, Scanlan was the associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has lectured internationally and has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Exhibition Dates
September 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Artist Eligibility

  • CraftTexas 2018 is open to craft artists currently residing in Texas.
  • The following craft media is accepted: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) original works completed within the last two (2) years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the show and may not be withdrawn from the exhibition at any time prior to the closing date of January 6, 2019.
  • Crated work must fit through a 4′ x 8′ door, and actual work may not exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at HCCC in the past.

Awards

  • Three (3) Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be selected by the juror.

Online Application Process

  • All applications must be completed and submitted online via the Slideroom system.
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Midnight, Central Standard Time).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submission Materials

  • Artist statement (maximum of 1000 characters).
  • Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of work. Artists should submit only one (1) digital image per work, for a total of up to three (3) images. All images must be in high-resolution .jpeg format (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.) DO NOT submit detail images.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $36 to be paid by credit card.

Jury Process
Work submitted to CraftTexas 2018 will be juried via the Slideroom system using high-resolution digital images. Images must be accurate representations of the work. Accepted work that differs significantly from the images may be rejected at the discretion of HCCC. No substitutions of accepted work will be allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Notification of acceptance will be on or before June 1, 2018.
  • Accepted work must arrive to HCCC between Monday, September 17, and Friday, September 24, 2018. Please make proper arrangements for delivery or with your shipper to ensure arrival dates.
  • All work will be installed by professional staff and may not be shown at the discretion of HCCC’s curatorial department. Packaging and artworks must be in good condition and able to withstand the strains of transportation. Work must be properly packaged for travel; wooden crates or double-boxed cardboard containers are highly recommended.
  • Artists are responsible for transit and insurance of accepted work to HCCC. COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • HCCC will provide insurance for all works while they are exhibited on site and upon their return to the artist.
  • HCCC reserves the right to photograph and distribute any images of work in the exhibition for educational or publicity purposes, via electronic or print media of any kind.
  • HCCC may use the images submitted for the jury process for publication and publicity. Please ensure submitted images are professionally photographed and are print quality (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches).

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large.

Questions?
Address questions regarding application guidelines and submission process to applications@crafthouston.org.

When:
Dec 20, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Cost:
36.00
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Tis' the Season 10x5 Holiday Trunk Show

Austin artist Karla Hoover comes to Houston! Plus 10 ceramic artists make toys for the holidays.

Austin artist Karla Hoover comes to Houston! She uses traditional metalsmithing techniques, such as piercing, hammering, soldering, wire wrapping, bezel setting, riveting, etc, to create one-of-a-kind art jewelry pieces for the bold-at-heart.  MORE

When:
Dec 16, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
12-5pm
Sunday Time & Price:
12-5pm
Location:
General Categories: 

Champagne & Chocolate Preview

Holiday Trunk Show featuring Karla Hoover Designs

Austin artist/jeweler Karla Hoover comes to Houston! She uses traditional metalsmithing techniques, such as piercing, hammering, soldering, wire wrapping, bezel setting, riveting, etc, to create one-of-a-kind art jewelry pieces for the bold-at-heart.
Events:
Champagne & Chocolates Preview: FRIDAY 5-7pm
Meet "Tis the Season" Gallery Artists SATURDAY 12-5pm

When:
Dec 15, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
5pm FREE
Location:

Houston Studio Glass -- Craft Art Weekend

Handmade by local craft artists

Houston Studio Glass expands its 19th Annual Studio Open House to include artists working with other craft materials.  No glassblowing demonstrations this weekend to open the space for amazing works in clay, wood, leather and jewelry, in addition to blown, cast, fused and slumped glass.  Come visit with the artists, learn about process and shop for the holidays.

Visit the website for more details.

V. Chin

Barry Perez

Leslie Ravey

Richard Moiel & Kathy Poeppel

Gene Hester

Ellen Abbott & Marc Leva

Bob Straight

Liz Conces Spencer


When:
Dec 9, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
Sunday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
General Categories: 

ASHER HOLIDAY SOIREE & TRUNK SHOW WITH MARIQUITA MASTERSON

Join Asher Gallery for a special holiday soiree and trunk show with celebrated Houston jeweler, Mariquita Masterson.

Indulge in good cheer, bubbly, and sweets, while you mingle with Mariquita and shop an extended selection of her jewelry–including rings, necklaces, earrings, and cuff links.  What better way to find fabulous and unique holiday gifts for your loved ones or something special for yourself?  As usual, you’ll also find an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind home decor, wearables, and other gifts by the many featured artists of Asher Gallery.  HCCC members save 10%.

Friday, November 10, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 11, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mariquita Masterson has created jewelry for over 30 years.  The idea for her unique and timeless designs came to her while working with a glass blower to design a table setting for a museum gala here in Houston. When she saw the chunks of crystal ready to be fired in the furnace, she realized this material would be absolutely beautiful in jewelry settings.  Her designs come directly from her love of crystal, as well as a lovely selection of colors, set in sterling silver and in vermeil. Mariquita uses both recycled glass and glass from companies that produce a variety of colors and textures. Occasionally, she also gets lucky, and an antique vase shows up in pieces, allowing her to make something incredibly stunning from the wreckage.

When:
Nov 10, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
5:30-8:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
11:00-4:00 pm
General Categories: 


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