Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter based in Maine, who layers color and drawings of animals to create narratives that are grounded in American and Japanese folk traditions and comics. 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 more than two dozen artists. 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 created Portland Brick, a collaborative public art project, that repairs city sidewalks with bricks made from local clay stamped with past, contemporary, and future memories of Portland. In 2011, she was the first recipient of Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year award. 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 currently is a trustee at the American Craft Council and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for the past 20 years.
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