Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter in Portland, Maine. She is recognized as a leader in craft, through her work pushing the ceramics field to be more expansive and politically engaged. Her best-known project in Maine is the collaboratively made public art project, Portland Brick. She has won numerous honors including a Distinguished Fellow in Craft grant from United States Artists in 2015 and an Honorary Member of NCECA, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, in 2020 for her contribution to the field. Horie’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Art and Design. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for the past 20 years and is currently President of the board 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