I love its fluidity and that I can take it to a wafer thin shape.
I love the purity of white, the way the light plays off the shapes, and that it allows the shapes center stage.
What are the origins of my shapes?
My pieces recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants and ocean waves. I had no plan to do this. It is what came naturally to me as I worked each piece of clay. My first hand-formed bowls, tiny as they were, one inch in diameter, recalled flowers.
I live in a place where the ocean and a beautiful landscape woven with gardens have become part of me.
What is the process?
While I use just one simple metal tool to help me perfect my shapes, my favorite tool is my hand.
To me, each ball of clay is a unique, unpredictable entity, and so often, my turns and twists are done with its cooperation. In essence, I work along with the clay, working to move it to its full potential as an object of art.
With raw porcelain, no shape stays where I leave it. Imagine working with dough, where you flatten it, smooth it, and then try to bring it up into a form. I prop every single move with handmade concoctions that hold the direction.
Once it is bone dry I dab my fingertip with water and slightly soften the outer layer and then use a blade to gently perfect the shapes. Any pressure at this point in the drying process can cause a piece to shatter.
Once that step is complete, the work goes into the kiln for two days to create a hardened surface called bisque. Bisque can be sanded, and sometimes I do hand sand to eliminate a rough spot or imperfection I may have missed.
Next, I hand brush three coats of glaze to the piece, sometimes with two to three hour intervals between coats. Two more days in the kiln for a final firing, and the piece is complete.
Every single step that gets to a completed work is a new adventure and the joy of my life.
I welcome you to contact me to discuss a special request, or to make a purchase.
* London House Hotel, Chicago, "Elan Vital"
* AC Hotel by Marriott, San Juan, Puerto Rico, various tabletop sculptures
* Dara Hotel & Spa, Chicago, "Paillettes de la Mer "(Sequins of the Sea)
National Association of Women Artists online show June 1- August 1, 2017. Work juried into the show: Empress of the Garden.
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art
Recent & Past Exhibits:
Liquid Art House, Boston (through August 2017)
The W Hotel, Boston (through April 2017)
Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida (thorugh April 2017)
National Association of Women Artists online juried exhibit, "A Sight for Sore Eyes" for sculpture titled, Bouquet D' Or October 10, 2016-January 1, 2017
The Copley Society of Art Nov. 12-December 26, 2016
Copley Society of Art, Beyond the Shore, 2016
National Association of Women Artists exhibit at Endicott College, " Breaking Ground", June 17, 2016-September 17, 2016
ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach (November 2015)
The Liberty Hotel, Boston
Thomas Moser Showroom, Boston
Masterpiece Gallery, Design Center, Boston
Brenda Taylor Gallery, Manhattan
Paradise City, Marlborough, MA.
NOA Gallery, West Concord, MA
Wenniger Gallery, Rockport, MA
Architectural Digest October 2016: Editor Madeline O'Malley called Tea Rose Blossom "the epitome of nature-inspired elegance".
Boston Globe January 2014
Ceramic Review, (online) October 2015
Homes & Gardens Magazine, UK 2016
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, November 2014 Arts Issue. Chosen by Editor Ann Loynd as one of 25 American artisans whose works "celebrate the highest craftsmanship the industry has to offer."
Garden Design Magazine 2014
Trend Hunter 2014
Designer Krista Watterworth:" Currently, I am obsessed with these porcelain objects by Anna Kasabian. They are truly works of art. I love the fluidity and purity of these pieces. Anna’s work is one of a kind. I love that her pieces resemble delicate blooms, ocean waves and perfect seashells."
Cape Ann Magazine 2013
House Beautiful Magazine 2012