Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Berkshire Eagle - Work of Ani Kasten added to exhibition

Work of Ani Kasten added to exhibition
Berkshires Week

Thursday, December 21The SKH Gallery of Fine Art and Craft is currently displaying an exhibition titled "small works/BIG ART," through Feb. 17. The exhibition has just been augmented by the arrival of an array of new works in clay by Berkshire artist Ani Kasten following her sold-out show at Flux, in Los Angles.
Kasten, a studio potter currently working in Oakland, Calif., was born and educated in the Berkshire hills where she lived until she began her ceramic career as an apprentice of British ceramist, Rupert Spira, in the Shropshire hills of England. She trained in the studio tradition of Bernard Leach and Spira's teacher, Michael Cardew.
Kasten creates individual pieces that stretch the limits of functionality such as egret bottles, poppy vases, boats, tea jars and incense burners. Her work reflects her firm grounding in the craft tradition but also speaks to her experience living in Kathmandu, Nepal where she worked with crude, hand-dug clay and glaze materials with natural "impurities." The surfaces of the rich black stoneware she uses are stamped, etched, combed, layered with washes and often reveal delicate craters and bubbles. Depth and vitality are defining characteristics of this new body of work.
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The gallery is located at the Train Station in Great Barrington. For more information, call (413) 528-3300, or e-mail skhgallery@bcn.net.