January 19 – February 25, 2018
“Reflecting nature, my ceramics incorporate repeated markings and patterns, and explore asymmetry while retaining balance, lightness, and quietude of form. The work is infused with a contemporary aesthetic while at the same time reminding one of an ancient artifact exposed to the rigors of time.”
Ani Kasten is a ceramic artist who is renovating a small farm in Shafer, MN, into her home, studio, and showroom. She received her BA in English Literature from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000; apprenticed with ceramist Rupert Spira in Shropshire, England, in 2001; and apprenticed with master potter Santa Kumar Prajapati in Thimi, Nepal, in 2002. She spent four years in Nepal, leading development of a stoneware ceramic production facility for artisan potters. On returning to the US, her emphasis shifted from functional to sculptural ceramics. Before coming to the St. Croix Valley, Kasten was one of the pioneer artists of the Gateway Arts District, located on the Prince George County (MD) border with Washington, DC.
Reflecting nature, my ceramics incorporate repeated markings and patterns, and explore asymmetry while retaining balance, lightness, and quietude of form. The work is infused with a contemporary aesthetic while at the same time reminding one of an ancient artifact exposed to the rigors of time. They embody the intersection of the rough and the refined, the ugly and the beautiful, forms imbued with extreme fragility and with inner strength, manifesting the contradictions and opposing forces we find in ourselves throughout the human experience.
Kasten has actively shown her work across the US, including most recently at Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, FL (2017); Philadelphia (PA) Museum of Art Craft Show (2017; Best in Show, 2016); Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA (solo, 2017); Abel Contemporary, Paoli, WI (2017); Santa Fe (NM) Clay (2017); American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, MN (Best in Show, 2017); and Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN (Featured Artist, 2017). Institutions and individuals have collected her work, including the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis. Kasten has been the subject of numerous periodicals such as New Ceramics (May/June 2016).