Saint Heron, the online community and studio established by musician Solange Knowles, has announced the inaugural cohort of four artists who will participate in its month-long Ceramics Residency in New York City. The program “promotes the spatial sensibilities and creative innovation of Black and Brown women practicing ceramic art,” a press release says.
“We honor the work of these craftswomen by foregrounding the process of making, and contextualizing the ancestral landscape of ceramic artistry beyond traditional exhibition environments,” Knowles said in the statement. “Together we’ll continue to ground the intimate, ritualistic practice of ceramics through a series of workshops and the Saint Heron residency to spotlight the journey of these important objects over time.”
Kenya Cree, Armina Howada Mussa, Dina Nur Satti, and Lalese Stamps are the artists selected for the program’s debut. Supported by Kering’s Women in Motion program, the residency takes place over the month of February at Clayworks on Columbia, a pottery studio in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, where participants will be mentored by ceramicists Tracie Hervy and Anina Major and provided studio space, supplies, and a production team.
The residency will involve a workshop series, and each artist will produce works exhibited and sold through Saint Heron’s online Small Matter gallery and boutique. Small Matter, which has previously collaborated with artists including photographers Lorna Simpson and Deana Lawson and musician Blood Orange, will be thematically focusing on “futurism design as a form of cultural expression” through sculpture, home decor, lighting, and apparel in 2022.
Saint Heron, founded by Knowles in 2013 with a focus on music, has evolved into a multidisciplinary institution that pursues projects in mediums ranging from film to installation art. Last October, the creative studio launched Saint Heron Library, which shipped out 50 rare and out-of-print books by Black authors to borrowers.
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