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'96 grad Ayoumi Horie featured on recent PBS 'INSPIRATION.'

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary series on PBS, featured Ayoumi Horie ’96 on a recent episode of INSPIRATION.

The PBS documentary may be watched using this link.

Horie received her BFA from Alfred University. In addition, she was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Fellow in Craft honor by United States Artists and in 2020 membership in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for her outstanding contributions to the field.

A resident of Portland, ME, Horie has crafted ceramic art that has appeared in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Art and Design, in New York City. She has taught and lectured widely, including at the International Ceramics Research Center (Denmark), the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME), and the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT).

Craft in America explores the language and traditions of handmade crafts, introducing viewers to artists and the origins and techniques of American craft. Each episode contains stories from diverse regions and cultures, blending history with living practice and exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression.

In featuring Horie on INSPIRATIONS, Craft in America characterizes her as believing “that handmade objects hold power, and together with the stories that accompany them, can drive change. She exemplifies leveraging the internet to influence contemporary craft – creating practical, usable ceramics combined with unapologetic activism.”