A Potter By Trade
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.
In 2021, Ayumi approached the Center for Craft about creating a fellowship opportunity that supports scholarship and archival research around underrepresented and non-dominant craft narratives. Launched in 2022, the Craft Archive Fellowship will support narratives from feminist, intersectional, queer, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander perspectives, along with others not listed here. Read an interview with Ayumi.
Sexism in Ceramics, a 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.