ARTIST INTERVIEW: Bari Ziperstein of Bzippy & Co
Bari Ziperstein (aka Zippy) has a multidisciplinary practice of fine art, public art and a design line under Bzippy & Co based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband – a home brewer/aerospace engineer – and their toddler Lawrence.
Bzippy & Company is Bari’s design line whose unique editions of slab built ceramic floral vases, planters, and lamps are inspired by the rich ceramic history of Southern California, Brutalist / Cold War Architecture, Finnish patterns, and the California deserts. The ceramic jewelry line consists of bits and parts of Ziperstein’s totemic sculptures, reformed into breast plates, beads and pendants.
We spoke to Bari about her influences and creative process.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
Originally from Chicago, I’ve been in LA since 2002 while attending Cal Arts for my MFA.
My fine art practice is research based often resulting in large scale ceramic totems and figures. While my design line under BZIPPY, is a formal and architectural exploration of unique editions of pottery.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
How could it not, the works are distinctly California with their earthy use of raw terracotta and often collage like combination of materials of rope / clay. Los Angeles is an incredible place to work in clay, from it’s rich ceramic community to the ability to work outside all year round.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Kiehls hand lotion