Meet Angel Oloshove. She may be relatively new to Houston but has already garnered attention for her unique whimsical ceramics. In 2012, Oloshove was Lawndale Art Center’s Big Show winner and soon after her pieces were available in some of Houston’s premier boutiques.
Working out of her private studio at Charisma Designs, her conceptual process is what makes Oloshove’s work so intriguing. Her craft skills come from years of working on her technique and her influences stem from an array of pop culture references. “I think a lot about movie props like Freddy’s hat in the dreamscape in Friday the 13th or the dishes the Flintstones would use,” Oloshove says.
Meet Cathy Prieto-Smith, Owner & Artist at Charisma Design Studios. “I have made jewelry for as long as I can remember. My teenage years I adorned myself with all my creations. Broken jewelry, leather scraps, wire, nuts and bolts, old fishing lures – there were possibilities in everything I found. I went official in 1998 with Charisma Designs. I sold my first “collection” of adorned handbags to Tootsies that year. But my creativity blossomed as I studied under Master Jeweler, Val Link at University of Houston. There was no turning back! I was hooked on metal!! …Glass ….and ceramics”.
Meet Laura Sprague:
“I am a Houston, TX based multidisciplinary artist. My primary motivation in the visual arts, is to explore the depths of paradox, with themes of hope and despair, life and death, love and hate and create objects, which visualize the tension in nature. My recent sculptures focus on themes of femininity, race and vulnerability born out of the imperfections within all humanity.
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a minor in Jewelry-Metalsmithing in 1980. I have over 10 years of experience teaching secondary high school art and am rated as a Master teacher in the public-school system. I spent three years in the business world as an Architectural Model Builder. With new passion and purpose, on May 2016, I completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture, and have been exhibited internationally and within Texas.”
Set among the resident artists is a studio set aside for digital art. Give your photographs a professional appearance. The space is fitted with lights, special backdrops, tripods and tabletops to enhance your photography skills. All you need is to bring your own camera or we may have one for rent.