Ayumi Horie is a potter


Based in Portland, Maine, Ayumi Horie believes that the best handmade pottery encourages connections between people and make daily life better. Her activism and advocacy promote thoughtful craft practice and support for makers around the world. Her most recent projects are Portland Brick and Pots In Action, the new worldwide version. Her next online sale will be in October and you can sign up here to be notified. Ayumi also just wrote an article for Design Sponge on photography and small businesses.

From the Blog

1 July

PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS: EASY, FOOL-PROOF CONSIDERATIONS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PHOTOS

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PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS: EASY, FOOL-PROOF CONSIDERATIONS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PHOTOS

I’m thrilled that Design Sponge published my article on photo tips for small businesses and everyday photographers. Originally it was written for followers of my Instagram feed, Pots In Action, to help potters and lovers of pots up their game in photographing pots, but these tips can be applied to any objects in any setting. Read […]

11 May

I’m Hiring an Intern!

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I’m Hiring an Intern!

What I’m Looking For I’m seeking an intern who’s passionate about being a professional studio potter. The applicant should be a hard worker, direct communicator, self-motivated, respectful, and be able to hustle, as well as be detail oriented. I’m looking for someone with a great eye and their ear to the ground to know what’s happening in […]

1 January

Slow Pots

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Slow Pots

I made some slow cups. They’re objects that are impossible to understand without being held and turned. From a distance, the white image on the white background is invisible and will barely give up a hint or a glint. Even in a photograph, only one vertical swath can really be seen at a time. However, […]

12 November

Tomodachi Totes- Doubt, Quality, and Making Something Not Ceramic

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Tomodachi Totes- Doubt, Quality, and Making Something Not Ceramic

Doubt From time to time, I struggle philosophically with making more material objects for a world that’s saturated with them. Doubt is part of my life as a maker. When I see so many things made of cheap materials, with bad craftsmanship, or with little thought, I get dramatic and want to distance myself from […]

31 March

A guide to using Instagram for studio artists

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A guide to using Instagram for studio artists

“Who cares?”  This is the question I ask myself all the time. Who cares about the work I do or anybody does? How do we as a craft community share and grow as a field? How do we get others to care about the things we care about? As social media becomes increasingly omnipresent and […]

5 March

Raffle for Christa Assad

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Raffle for Christa Assad

A month ago, Christa Assad, a fellow potter, broke her back when she jumped off of the second story porch of her house that was on fire. She lost all her possessions; she lost her clothes, documents, family heirlooms, everything. For the next three months at least, Christa is confined to a stiff brace, so […]

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