September 12, 2010

~~Ayumi's Pots in Action!~~

Photo Contest Highlights the Importance of Handmade Pots in Everyday Life

For the past five years, people from all over the world have been contributing hundreds of photographs to potter Ayumi Horie's Pots in Action web page. The forty-eight photographs that have been submitted to her inaugural online contest show the many ways that Horie's handmade pots being are being interacted with in everyday life. One woman sips tea from a love bird cup in front of a memorial to her recently deceased husband, a rainbow flows out of a cup in a Texas kitchen, a man lounges in the pool with a paper umbrella in his cup. This ongoing crowd sourcing project seeks to both celebrate people's creativity and underscore the importance of beautiful, handmade objects in everyday life. Voting ends September 14th, 12 noon EST.

Click here to see the entire Pots in Action project and click here to see the map!

Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is on the board of the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and has taught many workshops in functional ceramics and the internet across the U.S. and internationally including Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Greenwich House Pottery, the Northern Clay Center, and the International Center for Ceramics in Denmark among others. Ayumi makes functional pottery in earthenware, drawing from folk traditions and comics in the U.S. and Japan.

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