Ani Kasten Ceramics
About The Artist
Ani Kasten • Shafer, MN
Ceramics • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
A fascination with the materiality of the clay is the foundation for all of my vessels, sculptures and assemblages. I am influenced by natural imagery, and my forms explore the meeting point of natural occurrence and the human hand. I use wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques to explore the breadth and limits of clay. The interactions between clay bodies- stoneware, porcelain, and locally sourced ‘wild clays’, are what interest me, as metaphors for human interactions and relationships.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My work is made from stoneware and porcelain clays that are oxidation fired in my electric kilns. I use a variety of building techniques for my vessels, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, and kurinuki. I use both light and dark clay bodies and mix colors together as well as techniques to push the limits of the material wherever I find them. The forms are layered with my signature surface treatments of slips and glazes and then fired in the electric kiln.