Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter in Portland, Maine. She is recognized in the field of craft for championing the aesthetics of kawaii, for her online presence and videos, and her political activism. In 2020, she became an Honorary Member of NCECA for her contributions to the ceramics field. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow in Craft grant from United States Artists. She co-founded The Democratic Cup, a political project that seeks to catalyze conversation through collaborative cups made by almost fifty artists that feature icons like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and important issues like vaccinations and climate change. She is known for Pots In Action, a curatorial project on Instagram that featured international ceramics and guest hosts from all over the world. In 2016 she co-created Portland Brick, a collaborative public art project, that repaired city sidewalks with bricks made from local clay stamped with past, contemporary, and future memories in the India Street neighborhood in Portland. She has organized multiple online fundraisers including Obamaware in 2008 and Handmade For Japan in 2011, which has raised over $100,000 for disaster relief. She has served on multiple boards including that of the Archie Bray Foundation and the American Craft Council. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
My work attempts to deepen connections between people and their communities, serving both a physical purpose and as a vehicle to open the softer side of a person. While my primary work for the last twenty years has been that of a studio potter, I have also expanded my practice to include video, social activism, curatorial work, and public art. This desire to deepen connections between people is what knits together my ceramic practice, Pots in Action, The Democratic Cup, Portland Brick, and Handmade For Japan, among other projects. I am interested in the anti-masterpiece and the anti-monumental as a means to create meaningful connections to an object, a narrative, a person. Daily interactions are what drive change whether they’re in intimate domestic spaces or out on a public sidewalk.
More information about Ayumi can be found at: ayumihorie.com