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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 the last issue of Take Magazine is this brilliant article based on objects in Ayumi’s house. Last year, she was included in Handcrafted Maine, a book about some of the many incredible makers in Maine and interviewed by Stu Kestenbaum for the Make/Time podcast.
Last 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.