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Maine Artist Ayumi Horie Featured in Latest Episode of Craft in America on PBS

Maine ceramic artist Ayumi Horie (BFA School of Art and Design) is a central focus in INSPIRATION, the newest episode of Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary series on PBS discovering the beauty, significance, and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who make them. Based in Portland, Maine, Horie believes 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.

“Craft in America…[has a] knack for telling big stories… about the formation of culture, the purpose of creativity, the idea that the pursuits of beauty and utility are foundational to humanity.” – New York Times

Ayumi Horie 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). She was awarded the 2015 “Distinguished Fellow in Craft” by United States Artists and an Honorary Membership at NCECA in 2020 for her outstanding contributions to the field. Her work is in museum collections, including the Museum of Art and Design (New York, NY). Horie holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, a BFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and a MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington in Seattle.

View Episode here