Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Kasabian.
Anna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I first became interested in ceramics in 2003 I was writing full-time–as a freelancer and an author. My focus as a writer was interior design and architecture. In my spare time I was also enjoying drawing whimsical watercolors and pen and ink drawings. I was intrigued with the idea of taking those drawings to pre-formed bisque and then glazing what I drew on the bisque. It became a full-fledged passion of mine and I began selling them. But at one point I wanted to work with raw clay, porcelain, in particular because I really wanted to create wafer thin works. I took a few lessons on the wheel but quickly realized that I wanted the quiet and control that comes with hand-building. I took about 10 lessons in hand building with porcelain and knew I would never look back…and that my life was suddenly altered.
My first thought was to take my passion for interior design and creating a beautiful environment, and create functional art. I loved the idea of bringing art to the table in the form of bowls and sculptural berry bowls and trays.
I began selling my work at local art fairs and got wonderful press–locally in the Boston Globe, Cape Ann Magazine, and in 2012, House Beautiful featured my berry bowls.
My work evolved from there to larger and larger pieces, and more very positive press came from Connecticut Cottage and Gardens to Veranda. When Architectural Digest described my work as “the epitome of nature-inspired elegance”, it was the ultimate compliment.
Private and public commissions came next, as well as gallery exhibits, public exhibits, and having my work in designer showrooms like Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center. In the past three years my work and recognition as a ceramic artist has continued to take off on many levels. It is all quite thrilling.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the very beginning of my working with porcelain, it was very challenging because it’s a material that dries quickly, can then crack and be a disastrous situation.
But then, like anything else, spending endless hours with it, I began to get to know it–figured it out, learned how to treat it, learned to be patient, and learned that each ball of clay is different from the next with its own potential.
Soon the obstacles and challenges of the material moved away from the day to day.
The new challenges were about teaching myself how to successfully create larger and larger pieces, and teaching myself how to use and care for a kiln.
The other challenge is always time–making time to study art to get ideas, and of course, market my work!
I really do wish I did not have to sleep because I could create sculptures constantly.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Anna Kasabian Porcelain – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’ve been working in ceramics for several years but it wasn’t until 2010 that I began to work with porcelain clay. At first I began hand-forming tabletop sculptures, most were functional and somewhere more decorative. At one point was encouraged to take my organic shapes larger.
Gradually I began to experiment with the idea and now, as Anna Kasabian Porcelain, the tabletop, functional works have taken a back seat to my decorative wall and tabletop sculptures. I hand-build every piece and rarely use any tools except for a blade, knife and a sponge. I build my own props to hold each twist and turn of my pieces in place as they dry.
My shapes are very organic, and all of my work is glazed white –those are the things I am known for, fluid, thin porcelain in two distinct themes: abstract florals and sea waves.
To answer your question of what I am most proud of, it is that my work is now installed in some beautiful hotels and are with private collectors all over the US.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I don’t have any specific plans for the future. I just want to keep producing art–keep getting better at what I do…keep pushing myself, challenging myself.
My goal is to create one-of-a-kind works of art that are compelling and a joy to live with.
- My wall sculptures start at $1100.00 and tabletop sculptures are priced from $100 for tiny sculptures on up to $3500.
- Website: www.annakasabianporcelain.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: annakasabian5467
Photos by Anna and David Kasabian