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 June and you can sign up here to be notified.

From the Blog

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 […]

2 July

The Humbling Art of Practice

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The Humbling Art of Practice

Here I am again at the family cottage where I first landed a year ago last June. The cottage is an old friend with its distinct, musty smokiness, with its little spit of rock that juts into a little cove. There is a constancy here that’s a kind of anchor in my life. I decided […]

10 March

Cup Auction for Two Year Anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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Cup Auction for Two Year Anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Thanks to GlobalGiving, our charity for Handmade For Japan, you’ll be able to triple the impact your money has when you win this cup of mine in an eBay auction slated to end on Monday, March 11th at 9pm est. If you donate before midnight, March 11th, GlobalGiving will match your donation 200%, so $25 […]

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