Modern Utilitarian Cermic Interpretation of Traditional Northern Native Designs

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Exhibit Hall (San Jose Convention Center)
Kirsten Olson, University of Alaska, Fairbanks , Fairbanks, AK
My inspiration as a ceramic artist is strongly grounded in anthropology, particularly cultural customs, ceremonies and rituals, inspired by the cultures of the North. I create vessels that enable us to share in a nourishing and intimate interaction.  The universal nature of utilitarian ceramics is such that it creates opportunities to share thoughts and stories with others over communal meals or coffee with others.  My vessels contain the memories of the shared event as well as the concepts and cultural muses from the North.  Handmade pottery serves as a reminder of the time-honored rituals, processes, and objects that embellish and enrich our daily lives.