Center for Centering

Clay. Art. Life. Center for Centering is a school and studio for deepening practices centering around clay and additional creative endeavors.

We welcome all levels of experience and collaborations across media. Center for Centering is a studio for centering the practice and process of making with clay. We have an Artist-in-Residence program for artists not residing in Houston (on hold due to COVID-19) and a Resident Artist Program for artists with which we share an orbit.

Operating as usual

Photos from True North: A Heights Boulevard Sculpture Project's post 01/19/2023
Timeline photos 06/21/2022

Happy Solstice!

06/20/2022

Happy Juneteenth!
Celebrate Freedom.
Remember the journey.
Keep the faith.
Continue the fight.

Allan McCollum: “Surrogate Paintings” & “Plaster Surrogates” (SHORT) | Art21 06/20/2022

Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, Allan McCollum discusses his Surrogate Paintings (begun in 1978) and Plaster Surrogates (begun in 1982).

Wanting to “construct an emblem” for what an artist does and demystify what it means to be an artist, McCollum’s symbolic works reveal the social game of looking at, selling, and making art through theatrical installations of mass-produced objects.

Allan McCollum: “Surrogate Paintings” & “Plaster Surrogates” (SHORT) | Art21 Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of c...

06/14/2022

Get your calendars and be ready to pencil in all of the 5th Ward happenings for Juneteenth and Father's Day Weekend! We will be sharing info on all activities happening in 5th Ward, so go like our pages and share with your friends/family letting them know that 5th Ward will be the place to be next week!

Starting with:

Friday June 17
Free screening of Memory Builds the Monument at DeLUXE Theater. 6pm, 7:30pm, and 9pm.
https://bit.ly/3aTSZ25

Saturday June 18
Black community tour of Olivewood Cemetery, 5th Ward, and Independence Heights. 10am
https://bit.ly/3trjmCR

Sunday June 19
Shop BLCK Market at East River in 5th 5th Ward.
https://bit.ly/3tsYWt1

05/28/2022

Happy World Day for Cultural Diversity!

Today celebrates the rich diversity of our world’s cultures and encourages intercultural dialogue to promote peaceful coexistence. This plate epitomizes the prosperous dialogue between Turkey, Italy, and China in the 16th century: the shape is inspired by the Italian tondino, the blue-and-white color scheme and visual motifs by Chinese porcelain, and the leafy spiral decoration by Ottoman Turkish designs.

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"Tondino," Turkey, first half of the 16th century, stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze, MFAH, Museum purchase.

Wildly popular immersive arts venture Meow Wolf to open new 'portal' in Houston 05/12/2022

Meow Wolf is coming to 5th Ward!

"Meow Wolf aims to unveil a Houston portal in the historic Fifth Ward cultural district and include Houston-based real estate firm The Deal Co as development partners. The Houston portal is planned for a 2024 opening."

https://houston.culturemap.com/news/arts/05-11-22-meow-wolf-houston-fifth-ward-the-deal-co-houston/?fbclid=IwAR0eLDKHYiZvk7f36BvtoXH7oJ962qRqq4F9In0KOY5YpnphAcQF7hV9KHg

Wildly popular immersive arts venture Meow Wolf to open new 'portal' in Houston The mesmerizing Santa Fe-based interactive adventure known for enchanting art lovers and amusement zealots with its mind-bending immersive experiences is tripping into Texas with a new permanent exhibition in Houston: Meow ...

Pot heads: why everyone’s fired up about ceramics 05/03/2022

"In a predominantly digital world its tactility has rising appeal. “The physicality and sense of accomplishment is so rewarding,” says (Henry) Holland.

"It’s a type of active meditation. It lets you be in your hands rather than in your head.” --Maryam Pasha

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/02/pot-heads-why-everyones-fired-up-about-ceramics?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3yWP48rfMJZTvJqT4rZZsVoWCBPKaBPkGJqGmwLAJgSNbtTIU6xJuX3A8

Pot heads: why everyone’s fired up about ceramics Seth Rogen and Serena Williams have joined the growing ranks of amateur potters, and fashion designers are being drawn to the wheel too. We get our hands dirty with the new ceramicists

:'( · JotForm 04/24/2022

"The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is thrilled to present the first annual Craft & Folk Art Expo on September 22-25, 2022 at the Orange Show World Headquarters in Houston, TX in partnership with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. We are opening this expo to artists, crafters, dealers, and retail stores throughout the United States and beyond to showcase their original works."

To learn more or apply to participate go to https://form.jotform.com/orangeshow/craftex…

:'( · JotForm

02/10/2022

Artist: Amie McNee (Instagram: )

Solange Knowles Has Launched a Brooklyn-Based Ceramics Residency 02/09/2022

“We honor the work of these craftswomen by foregrounding the process of making, and contextualizing the ancestral landscape of ceramic artistry beyond traditional exhibition environments,” Knowles said in the statement. “Together we’ll continue to ground the intimate, ritualistic practice of ceramics through a series of workshops and the Saint Heron residency to spotlight the journey of these important objects over time.”

https://hyperallergic.com/709564/solange-knowles-brooklyn-based-ceramics-residency/?fbclid=IwAR3uoplc70fxmg8rKyCaiK31A11RSLyRpWVYOhUjRCOaDWqfz5NXmSi0dKw

Solange Knowles Has Launched a Brooklyn-Based Ceramics Residency The program “promotes the spatial sensibilities and creative innovation of Black and Brown women practicing ceramic art.”

12/18/2021

Much love and appreciation for the coverage!

Thank you Kathleen Coleman and Houston Style Magazine for the fabulous coverage of Winter Collection 2021, Sunday Art Market at Mystic Lyon and the Center for Centering!

Clay is Theaster Gates’s Anchor 11/28/2021

"The artist speaks to Allie Biswas about the medium’s gimmick-free nature".....

Clay is Theaster Gates’s Anchor The artist speaks to Allie Biswas about the medium’s gimmick-free nature

Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal talk poetry, pottery, and philosophy from their Breton retreat 11/17/2021

'There is, behind the noise of daily life, a silence that we hear, another noise, a shifting silence. This silence has changed the focus of consciousness. That’s my last book.'—Etel Adnan in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist earlier this year.

Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal talk poetry, pottery, and philosophy from their Breton retreat Ahead of their presentations at Art Basel, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews the artists and long-time partners

Hundreds of Hand-Sculpted Flowers and Leaves Envelop Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono 11/03/2021

"Japanese artist Hitomi Hosono (previously) translates the billowing leaves of an underwater plant or the clusters of Hawthorn tree flowers into intricate sculptural assemblages devoid of their natural colors. The monochromatic bowls and vases appear to sprout incredibly detailed botanicals that Hosono layers in tight wraps and dense bunches, and while stylized in presentation, each form is derived from hours of research and observation of real specimens."

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/11/hitomi-hosono-porcelain-vases/?fbclid=IwAR2sJPzJCb7r43vuDdenuMP9lhYMaGXcXCVE-dx3btCRy5mwQmdWcP7PYhQ

Hundreds of Hand-Sculpted Flowers and Leaves Envelop Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono Japanese artist Hitomi Hosono (previously) translates the billowing leaves of an underwater plant or the clusters of Hawthorn tree flowers into intricate sculptural assemblages devoid of their natural colors. The monochromatic bowls and vases appear to sprout incredibly detailed botanicals that Hoso

Julie Green, whose paintings immortalized prisoners’ last meals, dies at 60 10/23/2021

"“Much of my work is about time and the passage of time,” Professor Green told Rolling Stone in 2019. “Twenty years spent on ‘The Last Supper,’ inmates’ time in prison, time for a last meal, time to be released. ‘First Meal’ paintings are full of pathos and are a slow go in the studio. But a month spent on a relatively simple painting is a short time when one considers years spent in a wrongful conviction.”"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/julie-green-dead/2021/10/22/e8e2b0b2-3279-11ec-a1e5-07223c50280a_story.html?fbclid=IwAR2kD84BEipY6tGevsGKnLYTJQOrU2Xii2eelyLsWLPBprdazdrPwJ57rpI

Julie Green, whose paintings immortalized prisoners’ last meals, dies at 60 They painted 1,000 images of incarcerated people’s final meals, using secondhand ceramic plates as a canvas.

10/04/2021

Revealing Ancestral Central America, Part 1. Rosemary Joyce talks about what archaeology reveals, including the medicine woman and her sweat lodge at Joya de Ceren, structural evidence about houses, cooking hearths, crops such as corn, manioc, and chocolate, knives made of volcanic glass and foods women processed with them, finely painted ceramic bowls, circular house foundations and villages where "rivers were the streets"; towns with ceremonial mounds arranged in circles, paved walkways.

"One of the things we find is that women are as prominent as men in the sculpture." [But not, from what she shows, in painted ceramic scenes.] She shows a lifesize ceramic sculpture of a pregnant woman wearing a backpack, which was ritually deposited at Currusté in Hondorus, a commemoration of an important ancestor. (Shown.) Other figures were modeled on top of ceramic lids. Lots of jaguar symbolism.

Artifacts depict ceremonial acts: dance, burning of fragrant resins, musical instruments. She talks about cultural patterns shared across wide regions, by trade or by gift exchange.

"This symposium, presented by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), celebrates the landmark exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed, as well as the Smithsonian publication, Revealing Ancestral Central America, edited by Rosemary A. Joyce. This program features leading voices in the interpretation and recovery of the region's rich indigenous heritage. [Here] Rosemary A. Joyce (University of California, Berkeley) gives a presentation entitled What Archaeology Reveals about Central America's Past.

"The symposium, exhibition, and book have their genesis in the Central American Ceramics Research Project, an initiative launched when visiting researchers from the Smithsonian Latino Center realized that the NMAI was quietly caring for one of the largest and most significant collections of Central American archaeology in existence, with approximately 17,000 objects from the region. Astonishingly, this includes more than 10,000 intact vessels, embodying countless untold stories.

"From figurines depicting powerful women in the Greater Nicoya region to finely decorated vessels of wealthy farming hamlets of the Ulúa Valley and the fantastical designs on Coclé, we can see that the peoples of pre-Hispanic Central America developed uniquely local identities and cultural traditions while also engaging in vital exchanges of ideas, goods, and technologies with their neighbors in all directions."

https://youtu.be/v1V09SXynCU

09/09/2021

Art for the People: Celebrating 50 Years of the DeLUXE Show opens this Sunday September 12 until September 23. Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DeLUXE Show of 1971. Curated by Danielle Burns Wilson featuring works by David Graeve, Kaneem Smith, George Smith, Mel Chin, Jesse Lott, Emily Sloan Mystic Lyon and a selection of photographs from the The Menil Collection archives.

PrintMatters Houston 08/27/2021

A great opportunity for a printmaking art student!

PrintMatters Houston PrintMatters is a member based, 501c3 non-profit arts organization based in Houston, Texas. The organization’s mission is to promote traditional and non-traditional printmaking, encourage print collecting and further the professional growth of our members through city-wide outreach, public art fu

Why Early Modern European Artists Were Obsessed With Shells 08/27/2021

"As with other popular collectibles like coins, porcelain, and stones, part of shells’ draw came from the pleasures of touch. When handled, some shells evoked soft, glowing skin, and even human orifices; especially anthropomorphic species appeared in the era’s artworks as allusions to male and female genitalia. Shells and bodies also collided in elaborate drinking vessels, which often featured idealized nudes, mermaids, and love deities in their gold and silver mounts. But ultimately, the shells Europeans coveted were “a fragment of a former life, an architectural remnant that has outlived its former architect,” Bass notes."

https://hyperallergic.com/669917/conchophilia-why-early-modern-european-artists-were-obsessed-with-shells/?utm_content=buffera1cf5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR2uAivivHICnSTa4BTeWke8R3WMC2Ai73tA0p_BTPFObw8RpOU4KnXtK44

Why Early Modern European Artists Were Obsessed With Shells From Leonardo to Rembrandt, artists were drawn to these soft and glowing forms.

The Overlooked Female Minimalist Who Made Radically Accessible Sculpture 08/18/2021

"Don’t worry if you’re never ‘done,’ because the re-combination could proceed in perpetuity without ever becoming boring.”"

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-charlotte-posenenske-made-radically-accessible-minimalist-sculpture?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=editorial&fbclid=IwAR2m4XutrUH9jkIXtvWnkxQ52AuWm9Pbr6FgfxXm-O-vJhjXDf6bFyLHT7o

The Overlooked Female Minimalist Who Made Radically Accessible Sculpture Before she said goodbye to the art world in 1968, Charlotte Posenenske made affordable, participatory works for the masses.

Photos from Center for Centering's post 08/18/2021

In the studio almost a year ago.....paper clay making.

Why the Art World Is Embracing Craft 08/17/2021

"Craft matters...because it is the art world’s best path to diversity. There is a reason that Linda Nochlin never wrote an article called “Why Have There Been No Great Women Weavers?” There have been plenty. And potters. And jewelers. And metalsmiths. Craft is also a rich tapestry of ethnic diversity, having been practiced expertly by people of all nations and regions for millennia. You can make a strong case that the long-standing marginalization of the crafts—and the self-evidently crazy idea that painting isn’t one—was just the art world’s way of practicing sexism and racism, barely disguised as a policing of disciplines rather than people."

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-art-embracing-craft?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=editorial&fbclid=IwAR1S2hdajVc5WdSXc9ReTmEF67vNgFDvW9havDoJH-howJ2X6Bn7_I1IXPo

Why the Art World Is Embracing Craft After decades of rejection, craft has been embraced by the contemporary art establishment—as two major museum presentations confirm.

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