Beasties You’ll Love!
Jen E, born Jen Kuroki, has been a student and educator of ceramics for over 10 years, in LA and abroad. Three of those years she spent living in Yokohama and Tokyo, studying under and working besides two Japanese potters, Kawaide Hisao (Nagoya) and Funakoshi Tamotsu (Nagano). She was trained to throw on a banding wheel and to man an anagama (wood-burning kiln).
Her time in Japan allowed her to develop her whimsical style, incorporating the vernacular of contemporary visual culture with a sense of tradition and history. She is an enthusiast of the Japanese concept of shibui, which refers to a certain aesthetic of simple, subtle and subdued beauty.
In addition to being a potter, Jen E is also an art director and graphic designer. Her influences range well outside the world of ceramics which include Jaime Hayon, Mike Perry, Haruki Murakami, Olle Eksell, Isamu Noguchi, Sonia Delaunay, Cody Hudson, Mika Ninagawa, Lucie Rie. She tries to maintain a rotating reference pool of product designers, traditional craftspeople, textile designers, writers, video artists, architects, as well as other potters and many other art and design producers.
Jen E strives to make her work accessible. Each piece is handmade, using a variety of clays and glazes. No piece is like another and the imperfections become significant, highlighting the one-of-a-kind uniqueness. Her work is functional and it’s in their utilitarian capacity that art and craft become one.
So if you’re looking for a holiday gift that’s unique and locally crafted, please give Jen’s little Beastie’s a try. You won’t be sorry.