Author: Ayumi Horie

Ayumi Horie Seeks New Pottery/Ceramics Assistant

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UPDATE: THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED! Who Should Apply I’m seeking an assistant who cares about quality in all aspects and forms. The applicant should be curious, a hard worker, direct communicator, self-motivated, respectful, be able to hustle, and be detail oriented. Applicants with academic degrees outside of the fine arts are encouraged. Someone with

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Who is Menbachi Bozu?

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In the grand tradition Japanese yōkai, or monster/supernatural creature, I created Menbachi Bozu (Noodle Bowl Boy) to explain how warpage and breakage happens in the pottery studio. After all, mistakes couldn’t possibly be the fault of the artist! No matter the care taken when making pots, something (big or small) is bound to go wrong

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Slow Pots

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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,

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A guide to using Instagram for studio artists

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“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

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Raffle for Christa Assad

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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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The Humbling Art of Practice

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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

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On Making Pots for Valentine’s Day

Traditionally I’ve had a Valentine’s Day sale, giving it little thought since the content of my work is so much about the sentiments of love. This year, with all the changes in my life and the quiet insulation that winter brings, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to make work in general and for

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