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Yukari Kashihara

Admiring the porcelain and wheel-thrown pottery of ceramist Yukari Kashihara.  The artist was born in Osaka, Japan and from a very young age began her art journey by drawing, sketching and crafting.  In 2003 she received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Yukari’s pottery is made from a high-fired porcelain clay and decorated with hand-painted colors.  Her work is delicate and whimsical, inspired by her love of nature. On Marshall News she says this about her work:  

“I try to focus on positiveness,” she said. “If I want to be happy, I should focus on all things positive. If I’m looking at a pothole, that’s where I’ll end up.”

“You make a beautiful bowl, but if you want to go beyond it, you’ve got to break the bowl. You’ve got to cut into it. Do something about it. Don’t just leave it a perfect bowl.’ That’s where this started,” she said, gesturing to the side of the gallery where her master’s project work was displayed.

The artist can be followed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Yukari Kashihara.

Jessie and Katey

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn met at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2001 and have since started working together, becoming known as Jessie and Katey. They have been transforming public spaces into colorful and vibrant experiences. Their work have taken them to Hawaii to Washington DC to Russia.  According to their website, Jessie and Katey’s work “explores themes of movement and symmetry, inspired by bold color combinations, patterns in nature, and woven textiles.” 

More of their work can be found on their website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Jessie and Katey. 

Ralf Nietmann

When we review an artist’ website we are always drawn first to their sketchbooks as it is a view of their life in that present moment.  Ralf Nietmann is a graphic designer who in 2006 founded his own design studio in the heart of Hamburg.  His figurative work always tries and express the one perfect moment evident in the immediacy of his drawing style. We like his work so much that we will probably follow up with more.

The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ralf Nietmann.