It's easy to tell what inspired the title "Transmutations: Material Reborn" for the exhibit currently on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Susan Sloan, curator for the show, selected work from 28 jewelry artists known for transforming the materials they work with into outlandish and yet completely wearable art. On the large side, there's Emiko Oye's Cartier Blanc, an oversize necklace made from repurposed LEGO® parts, sterling silver and rubber cording. The red and white necklace is geometrical, playful and huge! Equally eye-catching is Oye's The Duchess. Made from repurposed LEGO® parts and rubber cording, The Duchesssits closer to the neck and is slightly more elegant than its cousin Cartier Blanc. On the other end of the size spectrum is Natalya Pinchuk's Brooch 9.08 from the Growth Series. Made from plastic flower parts, plastic grapes, wool, copper, sterling, stainless steel and enamel, the brooch is certainly in the right series. It looks like an alien green flower with a fuzzy brown center and a few stray purple stamens fluttering from its base. See the rest of the pieces in "Transmutations" 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through March 21. 4848 Main. For information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 21. Continues through March 21, 2010