Erica Iman received her BFA in Ceramics and BSE in Art from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2005 and obtained her MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. Between earning her degrees she served 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps on the Eastern Steppe of Mongolia teaching English and Gardening while exploring the Gobi desert and Altai Mountains. In 2007, she was a selected participant in the International Workshop for Ceramic Arts in Tokoname, (IWCAT) Japan program, spending the summer studying contemporary and ancient Japanese pottery and culture.
Erica is a full-time sculptor, potter, and painter in Kansas City, is a founding member of the KC Urban Potters and an Artist Inc. facilitator. She has taught in various schools and art centers, was awarded second place in the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition with the work being purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, and received an honorable mention in the 10th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan. Erica participated in Amsterdam-based Steinbeisser’s Experimental Gastronomy dinner in San Francisco and will be part of an upcoming show at Direktorenhaus Art Museum in Berlin.
Erica approaches her work with an intuitive directness that works with the materials’ inherent properties to create pieces that feel both ancient and modern.
During this two-day workshop, she’ll be creating both sculptural and functional work through a variety of techniques.
Erica will demonstrate building solid, creating unique sculptural edges, utilizing bisque forms to make new shapes and designs, pounding out forms with handmade tools, adding texture to surfaces using grog, granite, and dry dusting, as well as how she builds and refines her signature bronze-glazed bowls with round bottoms and ripped natural edges.
She will share a presentation on her work and life as an artist, as well as drying, firing and glazing methods, and will provide a handout with materials, clays, firing schedules, and glaze recipes.