“Investigating the materiality of the clay is the foundation and focal point for all of my vessels, sculptures and assemblages. The shapes and surface treatments take their influence from plants, water, rocks, and clay, as well as from architecture, industry, and machinery. As creative expressions of form, movement, and texture, my work is infused with a modern, minimal aesthetic while at the same time reminding one of a natural or ancient object exposed to the rigors of time.” Ani Kasten is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and is in both private and public collections around the country. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and has apprenticed with master potters in both Nepal and England. Ani makes all her ceramics by hand from her studio in Brentwood, Maryland.