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Based in Portland, Maine, Ayumi Horie believes that the best handmade pottery encourages connections between people and makes daily life better. Her activism and advocacy promote thoughtful craft practice and support for makers around the world. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow grant by United States Artists . She’s continuing to work on The Democratic Cup , a project that encourages active civic engagement through pottery and Pots In Action, an ongoing curatorial project of Ayumi’s on Instagram where various themes within ceramics are covered.
Just out in July, she was included in Handcrafted Maine, a book about some of the many incredible makers in Maine. Last spring, she was covered in a Creators Vice article about artists in Maine, interviewed by Stu Kestenbaum for the Make/Time podcast and wrote an article for Studio Potter magazine on the technical aspects of Portland Brick.
Over the summer, Ayumi taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ summer conference, The Thing That Makes The Thing, where she worked on two exercises about what it means to be American and how we came to be here. Check out these posts describing the projects- cups and bricks.
The next online sale will be sometime late in the spring. If you’re going to NCECA in Pittsburgh, she’ll have some work available at the Artstream Nomadic Gallery.