Interview

Why porcelain?

I love its fluidity and that I can take it to a wafer thin shape.

Why white?

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. 



SPECIAL COMMISSIONS

* 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)

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

Online:

National Association of Women Artists online show June 1- August 1, 2017. Work juried into the show: Empress of the Garden.

 Boston:

Webster & Company, Design Center, Boston 

Charleston, SC:

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art

North Carolina

HG Arts

Recent & Past Exhibits:

In Boston:

Liquid Art House, Boston (through August 2017)

The W Hotel, Boston (through April 2017)

In Florida:

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

Endicott College, "Transformations. Beauty. Color. Form,"  January 25- March 25, 2016

ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach (November 2015)

Cate Charles Gallery, Providence 2014 - 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


PRESS:

Architectural Digest October 2016: Editor Madeline O'Malley called Tea Rose Blossom "the epitome of nature-inspired elegance".

Cambridge Art Association

Indiewalls Blog 2016

Boston Globe January 2014

Boston Globe, February 2016 

Ceramic Review, (online) October 2015

The W Hotel Press

Veranda Magazine, March/April 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."

New England Home Magazine (online) 2012

Cape Ann Magazine 2013

Style Carrot 2013

House Beautiful Magazine 2012



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