ver wonder what future archeologists may uncover in the buried remnants of our homes? We hope they find the chic ceramics of Los Angeles artist Heather Rosenman, whose pieces often blend futuristic design with relics of antiquity. Think experimental sculptures that resemble the ruins of mysterious machines, and sleek vases fossilized in Rosenman’s signature lava glaze. Here, we dig deep into Rosenman’s creative process and her enduring love for California–despite the dust.
What’s your favorite part of making ceramics?
Throwing clay! It’s the one physical act I do that lets me completely focus on what I’m doing. All of life’s mishigas go away, allowing my brain to get lost in the process.
Tell us about a piece that turned out differently than expected.
I made a smooth porcelain piece for my “WonderPortal” series. After a year of staring at it, I decided to give it texture. Three or four firings later it became something otherworldly, like lava. Now it sits by the actor’s entrance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My husband gave me a pottery wheel as a gift, and that’s when I found clay. He understands me and felt I should give it a try. It changed my life.
Tell us about your all-time favorite piece in your home.
My favorite ceramic piece is a Picasso platter we inherited from my husband’s parents. It shows a sun face painted in slip and hand-glazed. It brings me so close to Picasso’s sensual, tactile hand.
What’s it like working as an artist in L.A.?
The community of California ceramic makers is vibrant! Many of us know and support each other. And California lifestyle is definitely an inspiration, from the kelp-strewn beaches to the colors of the desert.
What’s your dream trip?
Zion National Park for the geology and natural architecture.
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