Ani Kasten is a favorite among Philadelphia designers and collectors, and has been exhibiting her work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show since 2009. This year, rather than selling her work at the Craft Show, she will be displaying her work in a month-long November exhibition at Snyderman-Works Galleries. This special exhibition will include a number of Kasten’s pieces that she would normally feature during the Craft Show.
Kasten’s stoneware and porcelain vessels have long been admired among prominent Philadelphia designers, and her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, Shelter Magazine, and Metropolitan Home, among others. Additionally, Ceramic Review Magazine prepared an extensive survey of her work in 2008. In 2012, Ani wrote a comprehensive article on the ceramic practices of Thimi, one of the most important pottery-making villages in Nepal, for Ceramics Monthly.
In the early 2000’s, Ani moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, where she resided for five years. Here she became a part of the pottery community and drew inspiration from antique Nepalese artifacts and the unrefined ceramic materials that were often used. When she moved to California in 2005, Ani found that her work began to embody both the coastal landscape and the urban decay found around her studio in Oakland.
Ani has won numerous awards and grants for her work, including the 2010 Montgomery County Individual Artist Grant, The Exhibitor’s Choice Award at the Smithsonian Craft show in 2010, and the Best in Contemporary Clay award at the Philadelphia Museum of art Craft Show in 2009. Ani’s work has also been featured in several shows at Snyderman-Works Galleries, including the recent “50 Shades: Black to White” exhibition.