Last year, I visited one of our artists, Angel Oloshove, in the her studio at the Glassell School of Art and took film photos as she demonstrated how she made one of her wall sculptures. The ceramics studio, housed in a glass block building, is a beautiful space filled with diffused light coming in from the sculpture garden. However, it will soon be rebuilt as the MFAH expands its campus, and Angel will be moving to a temporary space during the construction. So we thought it would be fitting to share some photos from the Glassell and talk a little more with Angel before her upcoming trunk show at Myth & Symbol.
So, how many years now have you been working with clay?
I have been working in clay for about 3 years now. I started in Baltimore before I moved to Houston. The most rewarding thing about working in this medium is the process for me. I love learning specific skill sets. I like pushing the physicality of clay, and playing with what I can do to make new things.
Ceramics, particularly handmade functional pieces, have exploded over the last couple of years. Why do you think there seems to be a huge wave of interest?
I think what we are seeing is the progression of D.I.Y. culture which created what we now recognize as “craft industry”. These small business models are generally more sustainable and allow crafts people and artisians to flourish as makers. Grouped into this is functional ceramics and the boom of interest in handmade goods really has to do with people connecting again to their makers. More people are placing value on the human behind the object and it almost a re-humanising of commerce.
What do you hope to explore in future projects?
Along side developing my line of functional ware, I am currently working on a body of sculptures. I received the emerging artist award from CAMEO and will have work in the Lamar Museum later in June. I want to explore sculpture and continue to grow with my functional line as well.
Now that you’ve been living in Houston for a couple of years now, what are your thoughts?
As Beyonce says, “I love you, Houston”. I feel very grateful to the Houston creative community for being so welcoming and supportive. People here are so friendly and generally stoked if you’re doing interesting stuff. The city is evolving right now and I suspect we are experiencing a third coast cultural boom that I’m honored to be a part of.
What does an ideal day around Houston involve?
My ideal day would be an early coffee my neighborhood coffee shop Black Hole followed by a long breakfast, then some record shopping at Vinyl Edge in the Heights, a few hours in my studio at the Glassell and finish it off with some evening drinks with friends at Double Trouble. Basically, food, drinks, music, and art with my friends. That’s my perfect Houston day.