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.
PUBLIC SPACE COMMISSIONS 2015-2018 INSTALLATIONS
* London House Hotel, Chicago, "Elan Vital"
* AC Hotel by Marriott, San Juan, Puerto Rico, various tabletop sculptures
* Dana Hotel & Spa, Chicago, "Paillettes de la Mer "(Sequins of the Sea)
* Talisa Hotel, Vail, Colorado, "L' innatendu" (The Unexpected)
Webster & Co. at the Boston Design Center
Coming in June: Delinah Simmons Showroom, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center
INTERIOR DESIGNER COMMISSIONS
· Kari Whitman, Hollywood’s “Designer to the Stars” 2017
· Michael Anthony, Chicago 2016
Exhibit to Come Summer 2018:
The Copley Society's Summer Members Exhibit
CURRENT GALLERY EXHIBIT
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art
Recent & Past Exhibits:
The Jane Deering Gallery: The month of April 2018, Artist-In-Residence, solo show, Visions of Cape Ann.
Liquid Art House, Boston (2015- August 2017)
The W Hotel, Boston 2016-April 2017)
The Troy Residences, Special Exhibit curated by Marni Katz, 2015
Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida (2016 - April 2017)
HG Arts, (2016- 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
National Association of Women Artists online show June 1- August 1, 2017. Work juried into the show: Empress of the Garden.
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 2016
Thomas Moser Showroom, Boston 2016
Masterpiece Gallery, Design Center, Boston 2016
Brenda Taylor Gallery, Manhattan 2016
Paradise City, juried show, Marlborough, MA. 2015
NOA Gallery, West Concord, MA 2015
Wenniger Gallery, Rockport, MA 2010
Northshore Magazine 2018
Charleston Magazine 2018
Saatchi Art 2017, 2018
Boston Globe January 2014
Ceramic Review 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 2012
House Beautiful Magazine 2012
The Gloucester Daily Times various issues 2012-2018
The Cricket Press various issue 2012-2018
I am happy to discuss creating a custom wall or tabletop sculpture for private individuals or for interior designer's clients. My process is detailed, moving from raw clay to bisque, to fired and glazed, with approvals all along the way so there are no surprises. I am happy as well to present ideas for particular wall or surface. Just email or call me to discuss. Email: [email protected]; cell: 978-578-4689.