Kari Radasch is a native Mainer, potter, tile maker and educator living in Portland Maine. She received her BFA from the Maine College of Art and her MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Kari aims to make celebratory pottery using earthenware clay, color as a metaphor for joy, and an occasional historical reference and ironic nod to kitsch objects. She plucks nostalgic observations from her life and reassembles and reimagines these investigations, onto functional dishes and tile– a format that has the unique ability to hold a warm, sentimental place in our lives. She has taught workshops and lectured across the country and loves to share her excitement for clay with her students.
My earthenware pots are both sparse and embellished. Structurally my dishes are very straightforward, yet the surfaces tend towards bold, graphic and at times peculiar ornamentation. I revel in this dualism by collecting, arranging and garnishing; then organizing, simplifying and editing both my forms and surface. I pluck joyous observations from my surroundings. I reassemble and reimagine these investigations, like sketches in a sketchbook, onto functional dishes—a format which has the unique ability to hold a warm sentimental place in our lives.
I don’t have any illusions that my pots are used on a daily basis. I have always been a fashion before function kind of gal. I think of my dishes as the platform shoes of pottery— they are party pots with utilitarian concerns. I make pots to bring joy to others’ lives. It is a true gift.
More information about Kari can be found at: kariradasch.com