A 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ani Kasten subsequently studied with master potters in both the U.K. and in Nepal.
Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, Shelter Magazine and Metropolitan Home, among others.
Kasten’s ceramic sculpture has been a favorite in Philadelphia for many years, having exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show since 2009, where she was selected as Best of Show in Ceramics, and as part of Three Shades of White, an exhibition organized by Snyderman-Works Galleries in 2011.
Investigating the materiality of the clay is the foundation and focal point for all of my sculptural vessels. I create wheel-thrown and hand-built forms in families, and these sculptural groupings explore the meeting point between natural and man-made worlds. The vessels 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. As does nature, my ceramics often incorporate repeated markings and patterns, and explore asymmetry while retaining balance, lightness, and quietude of form.
Ceramic Review Magazine prepared an extensive survey of her work in 2008 (click below on Ceramic Review to read the complete article)