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International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

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The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts allowed for the expansion of this national exhibition to include international artists in 2017. The exhibition call drew over 1,000 submissions from 27 states and 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry A. Price selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center featuring works of the following media: ceramic, glass, paper, fiber, metal, wood, mixed media, and other non-traditional media.

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Perry A. Price is Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. His interest in the craft, design, and material culture was developed early by his late aunt – herself both a potter and a German auto racing mechanic. Price received a BA in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and a MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, a partnership between the State University of New York at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. Prior to joining HCCC, he served as Director of Education at the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Price was responsible for developing and presenting outreach programs to foster thoughtful leadership and cultivate critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft. He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum’s exhibitions and collections initiatives. He is a scholar of contemporary studio craft, material culture, decorative arts, and design and is a frequent contributor to publications and periodicals including American Craft and the Mohawk Maker Quarterly.


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The privilege of being asked to jury such a prestigious exhibition such as 2018’s Materials: Hard + Soft is a source of excitement and dread. Of the hundreds and hundreds of unique, exciting, and remarkable submissions how is it possible to select and include only a fraction of the talent? For my own humble contribution to this significant exhibition series, I am drawn to those works which undoubtedly speak skill of their makers, yes, but most importantly ask questions of the viewer and challenge our understanding of an object’s conception and creation. Any juried exhibition is only as strong as the work entered, and it is a testament to the reputation and value of this series to the field seen in the remarkable pieces on view. It was my pleasure to be a part of it. Perry Allen Price Executive Director Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


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w i n n e r s Necessary Strength II, 2017 redwood burl 26" x 13" x 14"


Sliver (from the "Original Imitations" series), 2017 s t e r l i n g s i l ve r, ro s e wo o d, d i g i t a l i m a g e 7" x 24" x 15"

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Surge 1.6, 2017 r a m i e , s i l k , p a p e r, M X d ye 19.25" x 19.25" x 1"

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Landscape 002 (ode to potter Mark Pharis), 2017 e a r t h e n w a r e w i t h l o w - fi r e g l a z e s 10" x 7" x 6"


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Zahra Almajidi | Detroit, MI Addiction:Sourced, 2017 cast urethane resin, brass, poppy seeds 18" x 16" x 2" Kristina Arnold | Bowling Green, KY Still Invisible, 2016 cast glass, vinyl, ribbons, screws 36" x 20" x 5" Debbie Barrett-Jones | Kansas City, MO Shades of Autumn with Diamond Inlay Woven Textile, 2016 hand-dyed, hand-woven tencel yarn 42" x 38" Toni Brogan | Roxbury, NY Black Heart, 2016 cotton rope, handspun yarn, jute, silk, mohair, alpaca 36" x 40" x 1.5" Vincent Burke | El Paso, TX Nowhere Now Here, 2017 ceramic 33" x 24" x 24"

Melissa Cameron | Seattle, WA RPG @ 1:9, 22m radius @ 1:9, Anti-personnel round, Un-handle, 2015 powder-coated new steel trowel, stainless steel, poly cotton ribbon 17" x 9" x 1" Erin E. Castellan | Penrose, NC Peggy Myrtle, 2015 found fabric, thread, beads 15" x 15" x .5" Luyao Chen | Champaign, IL Attractiveness, 2017 magnet, magnetic powder, mineral pigment, brass, glue 1.5" x 2.3" x 3.5" Yang Chen | Providence, RI Calabi–Yau manifold in the 12th dimension of art, 2017 stoneware (wood-firing) 15" x 20" x 17"

Jeffrey Clancy | Madison, WI Sliver (from the "Original Imitations" series), 2017 sterling silver, rose wood, digital image 7" x 24" x 15" Madison Creech and Matthew Creech | Deland, FL Never Neverland Ranch, 2017 digitally printed and quilted cotton; TY Beanie Babies 72" x 35" x 30" Christopher Cunningham | River Oaks, TX Water Tower Series - 2gether, 2017 ceramic and steel 22" x 9" x 9" Jeffery Lloyd Dever | Silver Spring, MD Desert Spring Testament, 2016 polymer clay, stainless steel cable, steel wire 4.75" x 1.75" x 1.25" Tom Eckert | Tempe, AZ V - Vertical, 2015 wood 33" x 8" x 4"


Ken Edwards | Palo Alto, CA Ax, 2016 found object, poplar, acrylic paint 44" x 15" x 6"

Rene Henry | Houston, TX 5th Ward, 2017 steel, brass, photo transfer, mortar 17.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"

Mat Karas | Baltimore, MD Distorted copy 1, 2016 wood-fired stoneware 34" x 12" x 2"

Herbert Friedson | Lawrence, KS Alien Icon, 2016 enamel on copper 36" x 15" x 1"

Douglas James | Stone Mountain, GA The Cricket #1, 2017 american black walnut, bronze 26" x 26" x 27"

Rachel Kedinger | Penland, NC Rolling Pin, 2017 walnut wood, brass 19" x 2.75" x 2.75"

Erin Furimsky | Bloomington, IL Her Labor, 2017 earthenware, nichrome wire 11" x 12" x 5"

Maggie Jaszczak | Penland, NC basket with white band, 2017 leather, wood, milk paint, nails 7.5" x 19" x 16"

Benjamin Kellogg | New Paltz, NY Studio Trash/Tape Brooch, 2017 copper, stainless steel, shibuichi 3.125" x 2.875" x .75"

Tim Gonchoroff | Edinburg, TX Monotony Arena, 2017 high density polyethylene (HDPE), shopping bags 67" x 99" x 1"

Molly Johnson | Cicero, IN Dark Matter, 2017 stoneware 11" x 14" x 14"

Patty Kochaver | Skokie, IL Saggar Fired Box 3 / Kimono Print Series, 2017 saggar fired stoneware 3.5" x 5.5" x 5.5"

Katie Kameen | Richmond, IN Reservoir, 2016 plastic objects, rubber tube 20" x 12" x 11"

Molly Koehn | Houston, TX structure 04, 2017 handwoven stainless steel, silk, linen, steel, flagging tape 65" x 10" x 10"

Linda G. Gossett | Dallas, TX Poor Bo Peep, 2017 porcelain with steel bracket 15" x 6" x 9"


Lenka Konopasek | Salt Lake City, UT Trophy, 2017 paper, black paint 48" x 32" x 5" Wendy Kowynia | Steamboat Springs, CO Surge 1.6, 2017 ramie, silk, paper, MX dye 19.25" x 19.25" x 1" Kyle Kulchar and Daniel Garver | Penland, NC Ikat Settee, 2017 ash/double weave, double ikat tencel 31" x 44" x 16" Helen Lee | Madison, WI Kowtow, 2015 glass 1.5" x 25" x 54" Dameon Lester | Austin, TX Radiolarian Pod: Source in Red, 2016 pipe cleaners, wire 74" x 31" x 31"

J Myszka Lewis | Madison, WI Brick 154, 2017 cross stitch embroidery on cotton, mounted to panel 5" x 9.125" x .25" Wayne Locke | Austin, TX Loveseat, 2017 wood 46" x 44" x 24" Melissa Lovingood | Greensboro, NC Form, 2017 sterling silver, coral, shell 6.5" x 3.5" x .5" Zach Mellman-Carsey | Bloomington, IN Boom Bap Pink, 2017 rapid prototype ABS, sterling silver, bluetooth speaker, paint, gold leaf 5" x 5" x 5" Erica Mendoza | Knoxville, TN Thanks for Nothing, 2016 hand-embroidered linen 20" x 14" x 6"

Gabriel Mo | Bloomington, IN Ring for Service, 2016 copper, brass 9.25" x 9" x 4" Yvonne Mouser | San Francisco, CA Barrel Stool, 2015 cedar, copper 19" x 17" x 17" Yvonne Mouser | San Francisco, CA Shovel Broom, 2015 wood, broomcorn 51" x 13.5" x 11" Joe Muench | Ames, IA "Pinch", 2015 hand formed, fabricated steel, enamel paint 17" x 8" x 9" Sophie Neslund | Belleville, MI Veronica, 2016 porcelain 18" x 6" x 6"


Heather Nuber | Bloomington, IN Smile Series: Forced, 2017 lead, rubber tubing, zipties 21.5" x 8" x 1"

Kathleen Probst | Eagle, ID View, 2017 dye on cotton 39" x 56"

Hannah Oatman | Houston, TX Colorscape Brooch 11, 2017 steel, sterling silver, vitreous enamel, 14kt gold 5" x 3" x .25"

Michael F. Rohde | Westlake Village, CA Reality, 2016 wool, alpaca, silk, llama, natural dyes 44" x 33" x 1"

Teresa Paschke | Ames, IA Clouds of Affinity, 2017 digital photography, wide-format ink-jet printing on cotton canvas with hand-printing and embroidery 48" x 30" x 1" Taylor Pasquale | Cambridge, OH Say it With Flowers, 2017 clay, glaze, balloons, streamers 108" x 36" x 36" Marissa Picheria | Mahwah, NJ Some Assembly Required, 2017 3D printed plastic, paracord, thread 9" x 9" x 1.5"

Jolynn Santiago | Kingston, NY Tension, 2017 steel, latex, permanent marker 18" x 2.75" x 2" Vickie Sedman | Philadelphia, PA Brooch 10, 2015 silver, silicone rubber 4" x 24" x 1.5" Sandra Sell | Little Rock, AR Necessary Strength II, 2017 redwood burl 26" x 13" x 14"

Casey Sharpe | Los Angeles, CA The Sands Blushed Beneath the Caress of the Sea, 2016 sand, resin, silk, ultrasuede, glass beads, sterling silver, wool 7.5" x 8.5" x .5� Caitlin Skelcey | Wyoming, MI Ubiquitous Bone Chain, 2016 ABS plastic, stainless machine screws 34" x 3" x 4" Gene Sparling | Hot Springs National Park, AR Whole Earth, 2015 black walnut 13" x 27" x 20" Kamila Szczesna | Galveston, TX pliable impressions no 22, 2017 porcelain, salts, spray paint 9" x 14" x 13" Ruth Tabancay | Berkeley, CA Knit 322X, 2017 hand-woven jacquard 21" x 24" x .5"


Kaname Takada | Columbus, OH Double Walled Bowl - 2908, 2017 earthenware 5.5" x 6" x 6"

Zhengyao Wang | New Paltz, NY The Milk Carton Brooch, 2016 sterling silver 2" x 2.3" x 2.5"

Myrna Tatar | San Francisco, CA #27-O, 2017 fabric, paper, wood, metal, plastic, hemp 19" x 13.5" x 1.5"

Kimberly Winkle | Cookeville, TN Shuttlecock Basket, 2017 polychrome poplar and dyed reed 12" x 28" x 12"

Susie Taylor | San Jose, CA Untitled (W17 Primary Black), 2017 weaving 28.5" x 20"

Bethany Laranda Wood | Iowa City, IA Salted, 2017 sterling silver, shell with barnacles, steel wire 3" x 5" x .5"

Ruby Troup | La Mesilla, NM 3rd left, 2017 wood 54" x 24" x 13"

Merrie Wright | Whitehouse, TX Landscape 002 (ode to potter Mark Pharis), 2017 earthenware with low-fire glazes 10" x 7" x 6"

William Vanaria | Waltham, MA Combustible Brooch, 2016 sterling silver, coal, diamonds 1.8" x 1.8" x .6"

Shiyuan Xu | Lawrence, KS Fission #5, 2017 porcelain, paperclay, glaze 11" x 10.25" x 7.25"

Zhengyao Wang | New Paltz, NY The Pearl Ring, 2017 sterling silver, pearls 2.7" x 1.5" x 1.7"


a r t w o r k s a l e s For information about purchasing pieces in the exhibition please visit our online store dentonarts.com/materials-hard-soft-store, call 940-382-2787, or email exhibit@dentonarts.com.


t h a n k y o u The Greater Denton Arts Council would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their assistance on this exhibition: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Denton, Caroline Holley, Perry Allen Price, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the staff and board of the Greater Denton Arts Council.


cover image vincent burke, nowhere now here, 2017


2018 Materials: Hard + Soft Exhibit Catalog  

View the selected works featured in the 31st annual International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

2018 Materials: Hard + Soft Exhibit Catalog  

View the selected works featured in the 31st annual International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

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