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. Ayumi has been putting a few projects aside and to work on new ones and to dig into organizational board work to help create a more equitable craft field.
Watch Ayumi on Craft in America
Now streaming, watch Ayumi in the “Inspiration” episode. Airs December 16 on PBS. In conjunction with the episode, a small selection of ramen bowls will be available at the Craft in America gallery on December 10
Craft Archive Fellowship
Launched in 2022, Ayumi’s vision and support helped create the Craft Archive Fellowship, a fellowship opportunity that supports scholarship and archival research around underrepresented and non-dominant craft narratives. Read an interview with Ayumi.
Sexism in Ceramics
2021 panel discussion about sexism and misogyny in ceramics, brought together two potters, an art historian, and a lawyer to examine the field’s roots in the patriarchy, how it continues to influence studio culture today, and ways to fight it. Also check out Highfire Feminism