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 school and studio for deepening practices in art, clay and additional creative practices. 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.

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

Clay is Theaster Gates’s Anchor

"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

Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal talk poetry, pottery, and philosophy from their Breton retreat

'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

Bettina Grossman, Reclusive Maker of Mysterious Art with Growing Following, Has Died 11/04/2021

Bettina Grossman, Reclusive Maker of Mysterious Art with Growing Following, Has Died

"...she was a prolific and resourceful artist who, early on, was pushing notions of conceptual art practice in inventive ways."

Bettina Grossman, Reclusive Maker of Mysterious Art with Growing Following, Has Died She was the oldest living artist featured in this year’s Greater New York quinquennial at MoMA PS1.

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

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 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

Julie Green, whose paintings immortalized prisoners’ last meals, dies at 60

"“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. #atthedeluxe #5thwardarts

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. #atthedeluxe #5thwardarts

PrintMatters Houston 08/27/2021

PrintMatters Houston

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

08/27/2021

Who remembers Club Matinee? The Historic 5th Ward music venue gets its proper due with a short film. Join us for the premiere of Memory Builds the Monument Saturday August 28 at 8pm at Moonstruck Drive- In in 5th Ward.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/memory-builds-the-monument-film-screening-tickets-166906117691

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

Why Early Modern European Artists Were Obsessed With Shells

"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

The Overlooked Female Minimalist Who Made Radically Accessible Sculpture

"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

Why the Art World Is Embracing Craft

"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.

How a ‘Revolutionary’ Racially Integrated Art Exhibition in Texas Changed the Game 08/14/2021

How a ‘Revolutionary’ Racially Integrated Art Exhibition in Texas Changed the Game

The De Luxe Show was 50 years ago this month...

https://www.artnews.com/feature/the-deluxe-show-peter-bradley-menil-1234601096/?fbclid=IwAR0azMh0GNP_PkvLDgdMILTCdpkmtxh0igVdWD50it5hpj4ZyrIJ5vsi4fc

How a ‘Revolutionary’ Racially Integrated Art Exhibition in Texas Changed the Game Peter Bradley’s ‘De Luxe Show,’ which opened 50 years ago, aimed to bring art that would be shown in museums to a Black neighborhood.

08/10/2021

Congratulations to Center for Centering instructor, Susan Budge!

HVFA is so delighted to announce that we have two works of art from our gallery headed to an important public art collection, the Houston Airport! The first is from our top selling sculptor Susan Budge! Congratulations Susan! “Houston Arts Alliance is pleased to inform you that one of your artworks been selected for direct purchase and acquisition by the City of Houston. The selection process for the RFA for Portable Works at Houston Airports was an extremely competitive process. HAA received 632 eligible submissions from artists and galleries across Texas. Yours is one of only 76 artworks selected by a 15-member panel and approved by the City of Houston to be purchased and acquired for the City’s Civic Art Collection.”

Susan Budge
Blue/Gold Guardian

2020

39 in x 12 in x 11 in

Glazed stoneware
@budgeceramic7 @houstonartsalliance @city.of.houstontx @houston #susanbudge #heidivaughanfineart @texassculpturegroup

Photos from Hermannsburg Potters's post 08/07/2021

Photos from Hermannsburg Potters's post

08/01/2021

Contact us at [email protected]

Monumental Cardboard Bridges Float in the Sky in Temporary Installations by Olivier Grossetête 08/01/2021

Monumental Cardboard Bridges Float in the Sky in Temporary Installations by Olivier Grossetête

"While they’re on display, the architectural works are often tethered between hot air balloons and existing buildings, which makes them appear dream-like as they float above the urban landscape."

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/olivier-grossetete-cardboard-bridges/?fbclid=IwAR3EwApxIcsHEruPlQj8R9Gu9hDk3U3TVjya2jhbKA7a5bXn_y0XFa6qPcE

Monumental Cardboard Bridges Float in the Sky in Temporary Installations by Olivier Grossetête Temporarily seen hovering above small European towns or balancing on a river in floating canoes are elaborate bridges designed to be constructed and demolished in a matter of days. The ongoing work of Olivier Grossetête, the cardboard-and-tape pieces are entirely hand-built by the French artist and

Inside the Magical and Relentlessly Creative World of Beloved Artist Kiki Smith 07/21/2021

Inside the Magical and Relentlessly Creative World of Beloved Artist Kiki Smith

"Smith says that sometimes she’s not sure what drives this relentless, slow, and measured making. “I think, ‘Oh, you’re just making sure nothing else can happen in the entire day except your attention to the frog,’” she says. Artmaking becomes a kind of time-hurrying spell."

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-inside-magical-relentlessly-creative-beloved-artist-kiki-smith?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=editorial&fbclid=IwAR1l84MLT4cgUnjLTR1wAzBCK72tUYvrl2oLwlISHI594GmKALjnmjmqWdM

Inside the Magical and Relentlessly Creative World of Beloved Artist Kiki Smith Peer inside legendary East Village artist Kiki Smith’s home and studio ahead of exhibitions at New York’s Pace Gallery and the Deste Foundation in Greece.

Translucent Textiles Cast Organisms and Mundane Objects as Dreamy Sculptures and Wearables 07/13/2021

Translucent Textiles Cast Organisms and Mundane Objects as Dreamy Sculptures and Wearables

"From polyester, nylon, and cotton, Japanese artist and designer Mariko Kusumoto fabricates sculptural forms that resemble the creatures and everyday objects she finds most fascinating. She uses a proprietary heat-setting technique to mold the ubiquitous materials into undulating ripples, honeycomb poufs, and even tiny schools of fish that are presented in elegant and fanciful contexts."

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/mariko-kusumoto-sculptures/?fbclid=IwAR0UMIpaCNoEzG8kWykPuuPvxVCkLg3r1w-x0eFPTylhTLD4FQPHuAh-Rfo

Translucent Textiles Cast Organisms and Mundane Objects as Dreamy Sculptures and Wearables From polyester, nylon, and cotton, Japanese artist and designer Mariko Kusumoto fabricates sculptural forms that resemble the creatures and everyday objects she finds most fascinating. She uses a proprietary heat-setting technique to mold the ubiquitous materials into undulating ripples, honeycomb p

'The Creative Act Is a Deeply Private Experience': Watch Sculptor Phyllida Barlow Make Hulking Works From Modest Materials 07/12/2021

'The Creative Act Is a Deeply Private Experience': Watch Sculptor Phyllida Barlow Make Hulking Works From Modest Materials

"Art will exist even if no one sees it, Barlow says, adding: “the creative act is a deeply private experience.”"

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art21-phyllida-barlow-2-1987302?fbclid=IwAR1o0n4ivqVEwOyQhxV9xKqr4Bj0isssDxTtwMey6ZUJPPijWAwv63a6VTE#.YOeL_5StYDE.facebook

'The Creative Act Is a Deeply Private Experience': Watch Sculptor Phyllida Barlow Make Hulking Works From Modest Materials A career retrospective of Phyllida Barlow's work is on view at the Haus der Kunst, featuring enormous sculptures and new drawings.

07/09/2021

Glasstire 3×3: Gabo Martini — What gets you going creatively?

What gets you going creatively?

https://fb.watch/6DpkUIoxe0/

Timeline Photos 07/08/2021

Timeline Photos

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The Daily Routines of 10 Women Artists, from Joan Mitchell to Diane Arbus 07/07/2021

The Daily Routines of 10 Women Artists, from Joan Mitchell to Diane Arbus

"To make room for the work, Nevelson even used her bathtub for storage space. In her autobiography, she wrote: “I wear cotton clothes so that I can sleep in them or I can work in them—I don’t want to waste time.…Sometimes I could work two, three days and not sleep and I didn’t pay any attention to food, because…a can of sardines and a cup of tea and a piece of stale bread seemed awfully good to me.”"

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-daily-routines-10-women-artists-joan-mitchell-diane-arbus?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=editorial&fbclid=IwAR1H1y0W3Di5E4ufM0CEiVbkk65p3_i46OZI_SuIYhHsMut8zw-P7cIGLq0

The Daily Routines of 10 Women Artists, from Joan Mitchell to Diane Arbus Inspired by Mason Currey’s new book, Daily Rituals: Women at Work, we share anecdotes from the lives of 10 pioneering women artists.

Houston Might Be the Most Exciting City for Art in the United States — Here's What to See 07/06/2021

Houston Might Be the Most Exciting City for Art in the United States — Here's What to See

"The Kinder Building showcases how far the city and the museum have come. A playful papier-mâché-and-wire sculpture by (Jesse) Lott of a 1986 NBA Finals game between the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics features prominently on the third floor."

https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/visual-arts/houston-art-museums-kinder-menil-turrell-rothko?fbclid=IwAR3taIeqXfs48Pg3oL0jLqU2FLjkLOim3aLh2N4TU8qG0XnNr6rSN9NQ-8I

Houston Might Be the Most Exciting City for Art in the United States — Here's What to See The new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston confirms the city's status as a cosmopolitan art mecca.

For Independence Day: Six American Flags by Texas Artists | Glasstire 07/04/2021

For Independence Day: Six American Flags by Texas Artists | Glasstire

For Independence Day: Six American Flags by Texas Artists | Glasstire Jenn Hassin, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Xxavier Edward Carter, Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, Jenelle Esparza, Vincent Valdez.

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