KATHARINE EKSUZIAN


Studio artist at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.

A few years ago, I took my first clay class and instantly knew I had found my true calling and became determined to polish my skills to professional standards.  Being an artist, there is always a need to create, but being able to do it in a way that has a positive impact is the true challenge and is the foundation of my work.


ARTIST STATEMENT

Umami is an over-all harmonious state of perfection.  It is where ingredients come together forming a pleasingly consistent whole.  It is not just a taste, it is a state of mind.  Deliciousness.

I long to have a sense of umami in my work of pottery.  Each piece is unique, complex, satisfying and a pleasure to use.

My current work is based on the idea of shinrin-yoku. This is a Japanese term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” There is evidence that this type of forest therapy improves both physical and mental health. Through the creation of nature-inspired ceramic work, I hope to elicit a sense of shinrin-yoku and impart a pleasantness onto the beholder. When direct and prolonged contact with nature is not accessible, it is my hope that a special woodland art piece will evoke a similar calm spirit.

I strongly believe in hand sculpting each piece to fully reflect the realistic, beautiful imperfections that my main subjects are based upon. The placement of a sculpture on its corresponding vessel is also a well-thought-out task. With great effort and proficiency, my goal is to create innately organic, spontaneous pieces that portray balance and harmony. These are qualities that cannot be achieved through shortcuts such as slip casting or by being molded.

By recalling shinrin-yoku experiences as I create, I impart a bit of myself and the woods into each piece. It is a great pleasure to see when a carefully planned and crafted piece takes on a life of its own.  In atmospheric firing, the end results are always different with each piece. The act of changing the climate within the kiln, along with the infusion of ash, assists in a unique, natural aesthetic. When my work reaches the hands of its owner/user, I hope it bestows an insight into the goodness of life.


 

EVENTS


2018

February 16-18 MN Landscape Arboretum Winter Art Fair. Members only preview on Friday 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.  Sat-Sun 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

* February 17-May 6 Arts in Harmony Annual International Show -The North Show + Traveling show Part One: Hopkins Center for the Arts -Hopkins,MN  (Feb 17 opening reception 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) 

Part Two: TBA

 


2017

*December 16 MN Landscape Arboretum Winter Gift Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

*November 19  NCC Holiday Open House 12-4 p.m.

*October 12 - November 30  "Roots and Wings" Silverwood Park Gallery exhibition (St. Anthony, MN)

* August 19 - 20 MN Landscape Arboretum Summer Art Fair - Awarded "Best in Show- First Place"

* August 18 - September 17  "Fresh Work" Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists exhibition at the Arts Center of Saint Peter (St.Peter,MN)

*August 12 Victoria, MN Fine Art Fair

* March 17- May 7  "Greenery" exhibition at the Depot Gallery (Red Wing, MN)

* February 18,19  MN Landscape Arboretum Winter Art Fair

A few highlights from 2016:

*   National Parks"Personal Narratives" international exhibition at The Phipps in Hudson,WI

*  "Fallen Maple Seed" container was awarded third place at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Show

*  Awarded "Best in Show-First Place" at the Summer MN Landscape Arboretum Art Crawl


 Gong Yoo, my Maine Coon mascot checking out the home studio

 Gong Yoo, my Maine Coon mascot checking out the home studio

NCC small soda fire kiln

NCC small soda fire kiln


Using an electric kiln to prefire (bisque) 

Using an electric kiln to prefire (bisque) 

Loading the NCC large soda kiln

Loading the NCC large soda kiln

NCC Studio Space

NCC Studio Space

Wood fired kilns in St.Joseph,MN

Wood fired kilns in St.Joseph,MN