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Ani Kasten

"Investigating the materiality of the clay is the foundation and focal point for all of my sculptural vessels. I create wheel-thrown and hand-built forms in families, and these sculptural groupings explore the meeting point between natural and man-made worlds. The vessels take their influence from plants, water, rocks and clay, as well as from architecture, industry and machinery. The forms integrate both of these sensibilities into a composed landscape, such as a stand of bamboo-like, truncated cylinders, perforated with small windows to look like corroded skyscrapers, or a simple, pure form such as a smooth sphere, marked on its surface with an off-center, wandering imprint, like bird tracks in the sand. The pieces are often truncated, off-center, weathered and perforated, combining natural movement and an apparent state of organic deterioration that invokes the cycle of life, death, decay. They investigate the nature of change, the compiling of memory, and a feeling of profound loss– the recognition of temporal beauty bound inextricably with grief. The pieces are like remnants, a landscape of objects that remain after some kind of significant change, grave markers, or organic matter that has survived a great fire. As creative expressions of form, movement and texture, my work is infused with a modern, minimal aesthetic while at the same time reminding one of a natural or ancient object exposed to the rigors of time. As does nature, my ceramics often incorporate repeated markings and patterns, and explore asymmetry while retaining balance, lightness, and quietude of form."- Ani Kasten



Artist available for commissions.
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Ani Kasten - Moored Ani Kasten - Cream and Yellow Bowl with Torn Rim and Porcelain Band Ani Kasten - Rose and Black Crescent Vase with Porcelain Ribbing
Ani Kasten - White Boat with Black Lines Ani Kasten - Boat Form with Black Grid Ani Kasten - Cream Cylinder Bowl with Blue Stripes
Ani Kasten - Drydock Ani Kasten - Low Cream Bowl with Five Blue Stripes Ani Kasten - Small Blue and White Bowl with Twisted Rim
Ani Kasten - Black and White Vessel w/ Cut Rim Ani Kasten - Cream Glacier Bowl Ani Kasten - Double Vessel with Rough Terrain
Ani Kasten - Tall vessel with rough terrain