ARTIST INTERVIEW: Rami Kim
Company: Rami Kim Studio
Artist: Rami Kim
Rami Kim returns to the EPCF with her truly unique and delightful ceramics and we couldn’t be happier to have her back again.
Rami Kim Studio is a line of ceramic home goods handmade by Los Angeles-based artist Rami Kim. Coming from animation background, her work is whimsical and poetic. Her inspiration comes from nature, simplicity, people and feelings that are flowing and moving. She works out of her ceramic studio in Glendale, CA.
Our Spring Giveaway gift basket includes one of Rami’s lovely espresso mug sets – click here to enter.
Tell us about your current work and how that work has evolved since you first started your business?
Currently, with my studio work, I am working on a new line of home goods like planters, vases, and some lamp designs. I am working on narrowing down the theme of my work and separating my art practice from my production line.
With my art practice, I focus on both hand-built figurative and conceptual sculptures. Recently, I got to make sculptures as illustrations for an interesting magazine article. It was super fun and I’d love to do more of these. I am happy to say that both my business and I, as an artist, are growing and evolving each year.
What techniques do you use to produce your designs? What is the history behind those techniques, and how does that inform how you use them?
I use a few techniques to produce my designs including slab building, pinching, coiling, and slip casting. However, the technique that I get most excited about using is the coiling method.
Coiling has been used for thousands of years and it is one of the most basic methods of building a form in clay. I use this method to build almost all of my sculptures and sculptural vessels. It helps me to achieve the soft and organic forms that I want.
How has EPCF been important to your creative and business growth?
This will be my third year at the Echo Park Craft Fair and I am honored to present my work alongside all of the amazing EPCF artists. The EPCF visitors appreciate art and creativity and I feel very fortunate to be supported by this community.
Are there other communities that have been instrumental to the development of your creative work?
I participated in a month long art residency at Vermont Studio Center last year. It was a fulfilling and productive time for me when I needed it the most. After that month, I created a group of sculptures that have been in my mind for quite some time. It was a very well-spent month of getting to know myself better and what I want to do in the future.
What impact do you hope your creative work will have on your community?
I want to create work that brings people joy. Work that people want to touch, hold and look at. As my business and I grow each year, I’m interested in putting work into the world that is both beautiful and useful.
Photos: Ye Rin Mok