Last week, I found a map of Houston's Museum District and realized that there were a lot of museums that I had never heard of, let alone visited, so I am making it my summer project to go see the little museums around town. Everyone knows about the Museum of Fine Arts, but how many people know that Houston has a Czech Museum? I didn't.
Saturday, I went to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, whose mission is "to advance education about the process, product and history of craft." There is a gallery, a little garden in the back (with some truly huge chard plants), workshops and a really neat little gift shop, where you can buy contemporary crafts.
|A bowl of bowls!|
|Lunch, provided by Whole Foods.|
With an opportunity like that, I had to stick around and see what was on offer.
More bowls than you would have thought possible. Wooden bowls, bowls made of laminated paper, felt, clay, and even vinyl. Crocheted bowls, which if you turned them over, looked suspiciously like hats. Bowls in every color of the rainbow, and incised with geometric patterns.
If you were willing to pay more, there were "bump-it" bowls, which were larger and extremely lovely. And there was a silent auction of bowls that had been commissioned for the event.
I bought two, a delicate and simple turned maple bowl, and a brightly glazed pottery one with colors that called to me. I don't know what I'm going to do with them, but it's $50 for the food bank, and that's what's important.
|Wouldn't that be a surprise under your morning cornflakes?|
|My pottery bowl. I love the swirl.|