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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

4848 Main Street
713-529-4848

About Us:

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC’s major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials.

Since opening in September of 2001, HCCC has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest - one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. 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. In addition, HCCC reaches thousands of children a year through educational and outreach programming.

At HCCC, you will see the full range of the creative process, from how an object is made to why the artist decided to create something “just that way.” Our exhibitions feature sophisticated creations - some that have functions and some that don’t. Asher Gallery is the place to shop one-of-a-kind gifts made by a variety of local and national artists. The Craft Garden, behind the building, demonstrates the living connection between how plant materials are grown and used to create things like the blue jeans and T-shirts we wear every day.

And, no stop at HCCC is complete without visiting the Artist Hall to explore our artist studios. Our artists-in-residence are selected from across the country to come to Houston and share their knowledge and love of craft with you. In return for opening their studios to the public, they receive financial , professional, and promotional support to advance their careers.

HCCC showcases the best in contemporary craft in a welcoming environment that invites you to stay for a while or drop in often.


Upcoming Events at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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20th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Friday, Sep 24, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Friday, Oct 1, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Exhibition - In Residence: 14th Edition

Friday, Oct 8, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Houston, TX
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Recent News

HCCC Celebrates 20 Years With Online Artist Residency Sale

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…

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HCCC Announces 2021 - 2022 Resident Artists

Houston, TX -- In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce its newest class of residents for 2021 - 2022, a group of outstanding artists working in a variety of craft disciplines. …

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HCCC Announces Call for Curatorial Fellowship 2021 - 2024; Deadline To Apply by June 14, 2021

Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) seeks qualified candidates to apply for its Curatorial Fellowship for the fall of 2021 – fall of 2024. The HCCC Curatorial Fellowship is a three-year, grant-funded position that…

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Crafting A Legacy 2021 Features Glenn Adamson On April 22

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HCCC Call For Resident Artists 2021

Houston, TX - 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…

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'Meta-Formation' Features The Magic Of Forged Metal

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HCCC to Reopen October 15th with Timed Reservations and Limited Hours

WHAT: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will reopen to the public on Thursday, October 15th, with timed reservations, limited hours, and new safety protocols in place. In preparation of the reopening, HCCC has been closely following city…

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Hillerbrand and Magsamen Selected for Inaugural Interdisciplinary Craft and Photography Residency

Joint Residency is Offered by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Center for Photography Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the selection of Houston-based artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen as…

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HCCC Announces 2020 – 2021 Resident Artists Program Supported by New Grants from NEA and Horn Foundation

Houston, TX -- 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…

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft News, March 25, 2020

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HCCC Closing to Public Until Further Notice

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‘Weave Houston’ Celebrates 70 Years Of The Contemporary Handweavers Of Houston

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HCCC - Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer

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HCCC Announces Call For Resident Artists And Launches New Interdisciplinary Craft and Photography Residency With HCP

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HCCC Names James C. Watkins as Newest Texas Master

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to Host Solo Exhibition for Watkins in Fall of 2020 Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce ceramicist James C. Watkins as the recipient of its Texas Master Award.…

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HCCC 2019 - 2020 Resident Artists Announced

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HCCC’S Crafting A Legacy Spring Luncheon Honors Clint Willour

At the organization’s 10thannual Crafting a Legacy Spring Luncheon, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will honor legendary arts professional and HCCC board member, Clint Willour. With a long and storied career as a curator,…

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Imaginative Furniture and Functional Ceramics On View At HCCC In February

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Exhibition - To Be Of Use: The Functional Ceramics at Front Gallery of HCCC

This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork, a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found…

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HCCC Names María-Elisa Heg Curatorial Fellow for 2018 – 2021

Houston, TX — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of María-Elisa Heg as the next HCCC curatorial fellow. Heg is an illustrator and cartoonist who has been a co-organizer of Zine Fest…

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Exhibition - Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action at HCCC

Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action, a group show featuring artists who create a spectacle of light, color, and movement through neon and plasma sculpture and…

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Fantastical Pieces in 'Head Gear' Hide, Reveal and Transform Identity Exhibition at Artist Hall

This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Head Gear, featuring three artists who use masks and portraiture to perform, interrogate, and subvert constructed identities. Inspired by the historical uses of armor and…

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Best If Used By Explores Significance Of The Ephemeral

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present BEST IF USED BY, a group exhibition organized by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, that investigates the dynamic intersection of craft and food in contemporary culture. Featuring…

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Exhibition - Craft Texas 2016

Houston, TX -- This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2016, the ninth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 53 works by 38 artists, the…

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'Crafttexas 2016' Call For Artists

HOUSTON, TX — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its call for artists for the fall exhibition, CraftTexas 2016. CraftTexas 2016 is the ninth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary…

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HCCC Announces New Curatorial Staff

Kathryn Hall, Curator and Sarah Darro, Curatorial Fellow Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to announce that former curatorial fellow Kathryn Hall was promoted to curator last fall. After receiving a Masters in art…

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Announces New Director

Perry Price Joins HCCC on February 29, 2016 Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Perry Price will be the art center’s new executive director, beginning February 29th. In late February, Price will…

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Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON, TX---This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch, an exhibition featuring the works of mixed-media artist and ceramic restorer, Debra Broz, and fiber artist, Nick DeFord. Turntable…

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At Your Service at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON, TX---Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present At Your Service, an exhibition that examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility. Curators Amelia Toelke and Niki Johnson join their own…

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Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON, TX---Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Found Subjects, an exhibition of work by jeweler Sondra Sherman. In this body of work, Sherman creates unique brooches and necklaces prompted by the individual books…

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HCCC Kicks off 15th Anniversary with New Board Leadership, Annual Fund Drive

Houston, TX--- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to kick off its 15th anniversary year with new board president, Edward Lane McCartney; four new board members; and its first-ever annual fund drive. In July, Edward Lane…

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Artifice of Nature at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston, TX - This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Artifice of Nature, a modern-day Garden of Earthly Delights. Susan Beiner’s ceramic installation of hybrid plant forms comes together with the imaginary anatomies of…

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Fiber Artist Ann Morton Engages Houston Community in Fall Exhibition at HCCC

Houston, TX - This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present What Happened Today?, an exhibition of newly created works by Arizona-based fiber artist, Ann Morton. Through two large-scale installations, Morton…

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Exhibition - Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project

Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project, an exhibition that serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. Through a moving installation of…

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Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Announces Interim Director

Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Mary Headrick, the Center’s Communications Director of more than eight years, has been appointed as Interim Executive Director. Ms. Headrick began serving in…

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Announces Leadership Transition

Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announced today the resignation of Executive Director Julie Farr, effective May 1, 2015. Ms. Farr has been director of HCCC since 2007 and noted in her statement that the timing is…

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Glassell School’s Jewelry and Enamel On View at HCCC This Summer

Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Course of Action: 50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art, an exhibition that celebrates the outstanding Jewelry and Enamel program at the Museum…

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Crafting A Continuum Explores Innovation & Experimentation In Modern And Contemporary Craft

Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, an exhibition organized by the Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger…

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Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston, TX - This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents “Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition,” a juried group exhibition and exploration of the concept of nourishment through the medium of clay.   The word…

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Ceramic Artist Explores Emotional Value of Everyday Objects at HCCC

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host one day, late in the afternoon…, an installation by contemporary ceramic artist, Kelly O’Briant.  Reminiscent of the traditional still life from art history, the installation…

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'Dining and Discourse' Explores Relationship Between Craft and Dining

With the demand for locally sourced goods and handmade products on the rise, terms like handcrafted, craftsmanship, and artisanal are household words in the food industry and marketplace. Art-and-food-fusion events are increasingly prevalent, while…

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Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Closed For Building Repairs

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces a building closure from December 25, 2014, through January 23, 2015.  During this time period, the building will undergo several major repairs, including the re-setting of doors and walls, new…

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In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists at HCCC This fall

Houston, TX -- This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists, an exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2013:  Christina Carfora, Paris…

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CraftTexas 2014 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft This Fall

Houston, TX -- This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2014, the eighth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 49 works by 44 Texas artists, the…

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Taking Shape Celebrates Emerging Talent Of Windgate Fellowship

Houston, TX -- This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship, an exhibition that recognizes the considerable emerging talent in the field of craft. Organized by The…

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Topsoil Finds Fertile Ground Between Craft And Nature

Exhibition Overview: Houston Center for Contemporary (HCCC) presents Topsoil, an exhibition of work by three artists who harvest their creative sustenance from the mathematics, science, and aesthetics of the planet’s waters and terrains. As the…

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Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to announce metalsmith and educator, Sandie Zilker , as its 2014 Texas Master. Zilker is the fifth artist to be featured in the Texas Masters Series. The Houston native joins the roster of former…

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La Frontera at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is proud to present La Frontera (The Borderlands), an international exhibition of contemporary jewelry that explores the physical space where the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States…

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Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Houston metalsmith and educator, Sandie Zilker, the fifth artist to be featured in HCCC’s Texas Masters Series. The Houston native joins the…

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Cyan Silhouettes: Works By Anna Mavromatis and Thea Clark

As a participating space of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark, on view January 31 – March 30, 2014. Captured by rays of ultraviolet light onto…

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Exhibition - Spectra: Work by Adrian Esparza

HCCC is pleased to present Spectra, a site-specific installation by El Paso native, Adrian Esparza. Through his transformation of low-cost mass-produced products, such as T-shirts, serapes, and posters, Esparza combines traditional Mexican-American…

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Exhibition - Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

In Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American pottery. Working from traditional materials and…

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Names New Curator: Elizabeth Kozlowski

Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Kozlowski will join its staff in January, 2014, as its new curator. Kozlowski, who comes to HCCC with a background in contemporary craft and museum…

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Exhibition - Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

In Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American pottery.  Working from traditional materials and…

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Asher Gallery Features One-Of-A-Kind Gifts for the Holidays

Tana Acton Jewelry $90 – $698 Through her unique perspective as both a dancer and choreographer, Tana Acton combines air, movement and light to create pieces that are at once delicate and solid. Her jewelry pieces are contemporary, lightweight…

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Exhibition - Detritus

Houston, TX - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Detritus, in the Artist Hall. With material investigation as the foundation of their practices, artists Kat Cole, Laritza Garcia, Tara Locklear and Chesley Williams…

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Sprawl Speaker Series Provides Forum For Houston’s Rich Dialogue On Urban Development

HOUSTON, TX---Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present the SPRAWL Speaker Series, featuring prominent individuals from city, county, academic, architectural, and urban planning backgrounds who explore issues related to…

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Exhibition - The Maker’s Archive

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present The Maker’s Archive: Works by Tybre Newcomer, on view October 4, 2013 – January 19, 2014. Featuring large sculptural work and intimate wall pieces, Newcomer’s…

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Ceramic Installation To Replace Crafting Independence

HOUSTON, TX---This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present The Maker’s Archive: Works by Tybre Newcomer. Featuring large sculptural work and intimate wall pieces, Newcomer’s ceramic installation captures…

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Hands-On Houston Family Festival

What: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host the third annual HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year,…

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In Residence: Work By 2012 Resident Artists At HCCC

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents In Residence, an exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2012: Tarina Frank, Chanda Glendinning, Susan Fletcher King, Jessica Kreutter, Susannah…

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Exhibition - The Ornamental Plumb Bob

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents The Ornamental Plumb Bob, a solo exhibition of objects and brooches by San Antonio metalsmith, Gary Schott. Stemming from his 2011 series of brooches, Schott’s new body of work continues to…

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Reminiscential At HCCC This Spring

HOUSTON, TX---Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Reminiscential, on view at the Artist Hall. With the investigation of memory, remembrance and the materialization of these ideas as a common thread, artists Clare…

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Shared Authorship and Digital Technologies Transform Craft 'Ctrl + P ' at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON, TX----Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) investigates the implications of such technologies on the…

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Single-Tool Challenge Inspires Creativity 'The Tool at Hand' at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON, TX---This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host The Tool at Hand, an exhibition that puts the skill and creativity of some of the most talented names in the contemporary art world to the test. Organized…

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Roughneck: A Juried Clay Houston Exhibition

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Roughneck: A Juried ClayHouston Exhibition, featuring a variety of ceramic works by members of the local artist guild, ClayHouston. The show is one of many ceramic exhibits in the…

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Theatrical Installation Disrupts The Senses - Constructing Solitude

Houston, TX – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Constructing Solitude, a solo exhibition by Janice Jakielski. Brilliant candy-like colors and nostalgic images overwhelm the senses in this theatrical installation,…

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2013 NCECA Biennial Showcases Ceramic Art At HCCC

HOUSTON, TX---Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host the 2013 NCECA Biennial, the premier exhibition of ceramic arts in the United States. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) organized the…

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In Residence 2011 at HCCC

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present “In Residence 2011,” an exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2011: mixed-media artist, Celia Butler; ceramist, Jamie Diaz;…

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