Local pot heads (ceramics lovers...) might have been wondering who's behind the Sri Lankan dhal-specific ceramics at our Victoria Park Pavilion cafe. Raw, textured and earthy in look and feel, this smart set of crockery has been designed specifically for Pavilion by local artist, Ana Kerin, or KANA, as her increasingly successful Broadway Market-based ceramics company is known.
Founded in 2012 in London, Kana originally began as a way for Kerin to relax while she studied a "pretty intense" degree in Fine Arts. Back home in Slovenia, she made a name for herself as part of a new art set. She began making functional ceramics as a break from the pressures of the fine art world. "I would make them for friends and family, and people really liked them, so I just continued to make them," she says.
Primarily a sculptor, Kerin was noticed by galleries and became known as a member of a new wave of Slovenian female artists. "I hate all those connotations attached to the term 'female artist'", she says. Rejecting the sometimes suffocating and restrictive art world, she experimented further with ceramics, drawing on a sculptural approach to the craft that would blur the lines between art and function. "I'm interested in de-artifying the object. I love a raw aesthetic and even when I was making sculpture, I would leave my finger prints on the work for a more tactile surface."
What makes KANA ceramics stand-out is her unique sculptural approach and the textured, distinct finish applied to each and every piece. "A good potter is trying to achieve perfection, but I want each one of my ceramics to be different," she says.
Eulogising a more sustainable approach to buying, she insists that having less things is about purchasing items that you can cherish, as opposed to things you won't mind throwing away in a year's time. The result at KANA is a selection of plates, mugs and spoons that are made to be be held on to.
Find more from Ana here.