Abbey Kuhe Ceramics

Abbey Kuhe Ceramics

About The Artist

abbey kuhe • Vineyard haven, MA

I am a sgraffito artist memorializing the human and non-human lived and imagined experiences of the Anthropocene era. I attempt to carve narratives that inspire new and ancient remembering, that spark our biophilic enchantment, that remind us of our pleasure, magic, and connection to everything that ever was. Midfire porcelaneous clay and white earthenware are my canvases. I hand build, throw, and slip cast forms, cover them in engobes, and then go for it.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I hand build, throw, slip cast or mold clay into forms. Then I cover with color - engobes, underglaze or slip. When the piece is leather hard, I carve. Sometimes I come to a piece with a plan - pouring over insect morphologies, essays on companion species, or queer analysis of a mythological archetype. Often the images will emerge in process - the form telling me what to put on it.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

It is of the earth and yet it is absolutely civilized. It is literally extracted from ancient alluvial deposits and is utilized in some of the most esoteric rituals of our species. And porcelain, in particular, references some of the most crucial moments in our histories of technology, industry, and colonialism.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

In everything I do, I am compelled to create new stories, new mythos, new ways of remembering. In everything I do, I want to exalt feminine sovereignty and dissent, black and indigenous leadership, biophilic enchantment, joyous sexual expression, “enoughness”. I want to invite imaginings of what could be – a planet where pleasure, sustainability and collaboration are living rights. Ceramic is my canvas for these imaginings.