NCC Welcomes McKnight Resident Artist Sanam Emami

Northern Clay Center is happy to welcome 2013 McKnight Residency recipient Sanam Emami, who will join us during the cold and snowy months of January, February, and March. Emami currently lives and works in Fort Collins, CO, where she is an Assistant Professor of Pottery in the Department of Art at Colorado State University.

Emami’s education includes an MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, post-baccalaureate work in ceramics at Colorado State University, and a BA, minor in ceramics, from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in such shows as Duets, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY; Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL; Pots at Rest, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; and Tea for Two, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and 500 Prints on Clay (Lark Crafts Publishing).

Emami’s functional wares are layered with patterns inspired by Islamic and Iranian art and architecture. This imagery is part of disparate and ornamental elements—Japanese inspired textile patterns and Barcelona tile design—all harmoniously retelling stories of the past.

Emami will provide a free lecture about her work on Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 pm in NCC’s library. Refreshments will be served.

This program is sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and reflects the Foundation’s interest in supporting outstanding individual ceramic artists who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.