Inspired by Nature: Anna Kasabian’s Porcelain Sculptures

Look closely at the abstract form of one of Anna Kasabian’s sculptures featured in our Holiday Small Works 2016 exhibition, and you might recognize familiar shapes. Made out of white porcelain, the twists and turns of the sculptures are reminiscent of coral or plants. When creating these delicate works, Kasabian is inspired by the nature around her, noting on her website:

“My pieces recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants and ocean waves. I had no plan to do this. It is what came naturally to me as I worked each piece of clay… I live in a place where the ocean and a beautiful landscape woven with gardens and a rocky shore have become part of me. And my love of both the sea and lush gardens now come through my hands and into my clay.”

While the sculptures are all made of white porcelain, each one is molded into a different shape, creating a collection that is unique but harmonious. Although porcelain clay is a difficult material to work with, Kasabian believes that it is worth that hard effort:

“I love its fluidity and the ability I have to create wafer thin objects with it. Getting it to be as thin as possible and creating twists and turns excites me. I love too, how the light plays off its surface.”

One of Kasabian’s sculptures, Tea Rose Blossom, is featured in the November 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in an article entitled “23 Woodland-Inspired Pieces Perfect for Fall”. Please click here to view the article.

Anna Kasabian, Deep Sea Coral, sculpture, 10 x 7 x 4

Anna Kasabian, Tide Pool III, sculpture, 11 x 7 x 5

Anna Kasabian, Daylily Bloom, sculpture, 12 x 7 x 8

 

By Erica Evans