Reception July 8, 6-8PM
July 8 – September 10, 2016

THIRST celebrates the vessels and accessories that facilitate our enjoyment of summertime drinks through the display of both functional and decorative works. THIRST showcases local, national and international artists working in a number of materials–including David Clarke’s intimate Ever So Slightly Sloshed 2 pewter cup, Cheyenne Mallo’s tufted ceramic mugs, Rebecca Arday’s and David Schnukel’s vintage inspired soda pop glass, and Sandie Zilker’s 3d printed Dot Shot .


Abbie Preston attended Valdosta State University and graduated in 2009 with a studio art degree with an emphasis in ceramics. She served as Artist in Residence shortly after graduation at Mudfire Studios in Atlanta from 2010-2011. Abbie moved to Houston in 2012 where she worked with the Art Project, Houston teaching clay classes for men and women living on the streets. She is currently located at Hardy and Nance Studios in downtown Houston, creating out of studio 12.

Adam Whitney has been a metalsmith for over a decade. Adam received his BFA in Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University where he concentrated in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. He further developed his skills in metalsmithing as a bench jeweler making custom jewelry and repairs. Adam spent four years as the metals studio coordinator at Penland School of Crafts and before, most recently, teaching Jewelry Design at Raffles College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While living abroad Adam spent time traveling throughout Southeast Asia and India absorbing diverse cultures, customs, and indigenous design. His recent work employs traditional silversmithing techniques to create functional objects and heirlooms.

Benjamin Cowden began working with metal during an undergraduate anthropology project in Cameroon in 1997, where he studied how Baka Pygmies turned worn machetes into utility knives. He later worked with street jewelers in Costa Rica, learning small metals techniques, before taking a more formal route to education by attending blacksmithing workshops at the John C. Campbell Folkschool in North Carolina. Benjamin was an Artist ­in ­Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee from 2001 to 2003. He received his MFA in Metals program from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Making work which viewers can touch and use remained central to Cowden’s work, and throughout his graduate studies Benjamin focused on interactive mechanical devices which addressed human experience.

Blake Kennedy is a ceramic artist who makes primarily functional objects. He is originally from Winston-Salem, NC. At the age of eleven he moved to Carolina Beach, NC. The time Kennedy spent growing up in a coastal landscape has become one of his greatest influences in the clay pieces he makes. He discovered clay in high school, and after graduation moved to the mountains of North Carolina to study art at Appalachian State University.  He graduated in December of 2010 earning a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics and Sculpture.  After graduation, Kennedy maintained his studio practice in the Boone, NC area including being a member at the Collective Studio and Gallery. In January of 2015 Kennedy moved to San Antonio, TX to work as the Ceramic Studio Technician and Instructor at the Southwest School of Art.

Cheyenne Mallo is a ceramic and printmaking artist currently living and working in New York’s Hudson Valley. She received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2010 and assisted a workshop with Joanne Price at Penland School of Crafts in 2013. She also received a scholarship to attend a workshop with Andy Rubin at Penland School of Crafts in 2009. Cheyenne exhibits her works nationally and in 2009 was published in “Prologue,”  the UWRF Literature and Art Magazine. Her work was featured on the cover of “Prologue” in 2010. She maintains her own studio practice while teaching at the Women’s Studio Workshop and at Art Centro.

Corey Ackelmire earned her Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Missouri State University in 2003. She earned her Masters of Fine Art in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State University in 2007. Corey has been an educator since 2005, is a published author, and has exhibited her work in numerous national and international exhibitions. Currently she is a full-time instructor and Visual Art Program Coordinator at Houston Community College.

David Clarke is one of the strongest metalsmiths currently working and easily the most prominent avant garde figure in the medium in the UK. Through his own studio work, he has mounted a vibrant challenge to settled assumptions about his medium. While he is capable of good craftsmanship, the value of his work is primarily expressive, conceptual and poetic. And because of his rather devilish turn of mind – he has a wicked sense of humor and satire, and an ability to poke holes in inflated values – he has had a dramatic effect in exhibition contexts here. He is like a jester in the court of contemporary craft.

Denise Greenwood Loveless was born in Kansas City, MO. Memories of her early years in that visually stunning city infused in her a love of art. Number ten of twelve children, the family moved to New Orleans, & later, the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Surrounded by woods and rivers it was a magical place to grow up. She studied design at Louisiana State University, but still considers herself an outsider artist in her chosen medium. For the past twenty three years, she has worked as a freelance set designer, art director & prop maker in the film industry. Denise loves volunteering in schools as visiting artist to bring her message of embracing our imperfections to students.

Dim and Sum is a design collaboration between two artists Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba. Inspired by vintage objects and modern design, each object is handmade in porcelain clay. Established 2010 in San Antonio, Texas, we share a tiny studio with our two rescue chihuahuas Scooter and Francis.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and travel grant from Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. Recently, she was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas, where she maintains a studio, teaching practice and small design line of ceramic objects for the home.

Founded in 2012, Smith Shop is a dynamic craft-centric metalworking studio based in Detroit, Michigan. Smith Shop produces quality metalwork of all descriptions specializing in the custom fabrication of gold, silver, copper, brass and steel while also producing limited-production wholesale runs ranging from jewelry to architectural hardware. In addition to its manufacturing business, Smith Shop offers access to its metalworking facilities at Ponyride (a noted Detroit creative entrepreneurial space) through classes, workshops, and private lessons.

Heidi Gerstacker is a jeweler and metalsmith who lives and works in Houston, TX. Heidi received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Houston in 1991 and her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. She has taught at Art League Houston and Houston Community College. Her work has shown all around the country. She is currently represented by Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and ArtWorks at the Galveston Arts Center.

Jan has been involved in the enamel medium for over forty years. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Enamel from Texas Tech University. After raising her family, she resumed her studies at the University of Houston where she received her MFA in Sculpture in 2007. For the last twenty four years, she has been the enameling instructor at the Glassell School of Art, the teaching school for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Jan exhibits jewelry scale and small object work nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is included in several books on enameling and metalsmithing. View her work on the web site

Jessica Phillips’ early years were spent in Upstate New York and Houston. The daughter of an engineer and a photographer, she grew up in her father’s workshop and her mother’s darkroom.  When she wasn’t busy there she could usually be found exploring the woods or making dirt bowls on the muddy banks of the stream near her house. Jessica earned a BA in Studio Art at The University of Texas Austin and, while working professionally as a graphic designer, has continued to work with ceramics for over 20 years.

Born and raised in Bedford, TX Joyce St. Clair received her BA in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies and BFA in Ceramics from the University of North Texas in 2011. Pursuing a greater understanding of herself as an artist and educator, St. Clair enrolled in the MFA program at Wichita State University under Ted Adler and Brenda Lichman and was fortunate enough to study contemporary art in Japan, Australia, Cuba, Mexico and New Zealand while in the program; She graduated MFA in 2014. Clair was named one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists of 2015 and is currently thrilled and fortunate to be one of the Red Lodge Clay Center’s 2015-2016 Long Term Residents.

Justin Parr is an artist, gallery owner, photographer, glass blower, and sculptor. In his work, he seeks to tie these mediums into the idea he has and involve the people around him in the conversation that ensues. He has been told his work is sometimes the social sculpture or performance outburst that occurs, but with a tangible object to bring you closer to your own thoughts and ideas.

Our passion for glass grew out of collecting and quickly progressed from curiosity to a full blown obsession. We love the material for its creative potential and inherent expressive qualities. Twenty years ago we retired from medical practice, took a class, built a hot shop in Houston, became perpetual students and never looked back.

Kenny Pieper was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts. After high school, Kenny moved to Detroit under scholarship at the Center for Creative Studies; he subsequently received his B.F.A. from California College of Art and Design, Oakland, CA. He then spent 16 years working as a glassblower in the San Francisco East Bay area. Kenny’s career came full circle when he left California and moved back to North Carolina. While constructing a studio there, He worked at Penland School and managed the glassblowing and lampworking studios. It was during this fruitful time that he developed his expertise in the tradition of Italian glass.

Rebecca Arday holds a BFA in glass from Rochester Institute of Technology (2008). Her works in glass and mixed media have been exhibited internationally and included in BODYTALK at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and at GlazenHuis in Lommel, Belgium. Publications of her work include New Glass Review 30 and 34 published by the Corning Museum of Glass. Recently, Rebecca returned to her hometown, Rochester, New York, to reunite with her partner, fellow artist, David Schnuckel, and join the team at More Fire Glass Studio. She is also currently a studio resident in the glass department at RIT.

David Schnuckel is an artist, writer, and educator who currently lives and works in Rochester, New York. Schnuckel has earned degrees from Anderson University (BA in Fine Arts, 2003) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (MFA, 2010).  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, had warranted a nomination for the 2011 Tiffany Foundation Award, been a contender for the 2012 International Glass Prize, and belongs in several public and private collections, including that of President Bill Clinton.  Schnuckel has lectured and taught all across the United States, as well as Japan, South Korea, Ireland, Scotland, and China. Currently, David Schnuckel is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Glass at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sandie Zilker is a spunky artist/ metalsmith/ educator. Her wild and colorful work has been exhibited worldwide in lots of museums and galleries.  Several collections include her work—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Racine Art Museum, DESIGNMUSEO, Finland, and Norden Feldske Kundiondustrimuseum, Norway. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft named her Texas Master Artist in 2014. She is head of the Jewelry and Enamel Department and the Three Dimensional Design Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art. She is the Coordinator of Student Events and Exhibitions.

Sertodo Copper is an international cooperative of master copper artisans, with workshops in Austin, Texas USA and Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan Mexico. Their tradition of copper work originated mysteriously over 1000 years ago. We use 100% Recycled copper to make a product both functional and aesthetic. Our products are made to be used and to give you a lifetime of beautiful service. In this world of mass production, industry, and automaton labor, Sertodo Copper supports a different, more dignified approach to business. We believe that business is mutually beneficial for all parties involved and has vast potential for bringing understanding and cooperation between cultures.

Susan Budge was born in 1959, in Midland Texas, and spent her childhood in Crane TX, Carlsbad NM, Monahans TX, Corpus Christi TX, and Albuquerque NM. In 1983 she earned a BFA in Ceramics at Texas Tech University, moved to Houston, and worked as a flight attendant while attending University of Houston Clear Lake. After earning her MA she was awarded two Artist in Education Grants from the Texas Commission for the Arts. Discovering love of teaching, she taught at San Jacinto College in Houston. In 1995 she accepted a position with San Antonio College, to head the Ceramics program. She earned tenure, completed a MFA at UTSA and became a full professorship. Budge retired from San Antonio College in 2015 and moved with her son to Houston. She is currently in a one-year studio residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and teaching ceramics at the Glassell School of Art.

Terry Fromm’s metal art reflects her experience with and influence by a variety of materials as she uses metals in ways similar to using fabrics in clothing and quilt construction in the past.  Terry is enrolled in the Diploma Certificate Program at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, majoring in jewelry, and she works full time as a metal artist. She gained metalsmithing expertise through classes at Glassell, workshops at Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, and a concentration in metals at Penland School of Crafts with Lola Brooks. She has also attended one to two week workshops with Michael Good, John Cogswell, and Ndidi Ekubia.

Wesley is originally from Van Buren, Indiana, “the popcorn capital of the world.” He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2002 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then received his MFA in Ceramics in 2007 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wesley has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally. His artwork can be found in various publications including 500 Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures and The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip Casting and also in the permanent collections of the Art and Artifact Collection at the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, as well as collections in China, Italy and throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in Red Lodge, MT and is the Curator of Exhibitions for the Red Lodge Clay Center.

Zac Weinberg’s projects address object value systems with a concentration on utility and mobility. Weinberg hails from a rocky outcropping on the coast of Maine, holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics and a MFA from The Ohio State University. He has received numerous awards for his glass and mixed-media works including the inaugural Kanik Chung Legacy Fellowship. Recent exhibition venues include Glazenhuis, Belgium, Grand Rapids Public Museum, MI, Springfield Museum of Art, OH and the Center for Architecture, PA.