Saint Heron announces an artist residency


Saint Heron is building on her work to amplify vital voices with the launch of the first ceramic artist residency Saint Heron, a program that promotes the spatial sensibilities and creative innovation of black and brown women practicing the art of ceramics. ceramic. The inaugural residency is supported by Kering’s Women In Motion program as an extension of the group’s global commitment to advancing women in art and culture.

With a belief in the collaborative approach to renovating the historical and social conditions of production, the Saint Heron residency emphasizes the importance of personal and interpersonal connection within objects. Honoring the spiritual and ancestral landscape of ceramic art, the residency program will elevate the form and function of ceramics beyond traditional exhibition spaces, expanding and preserving the connection to ritual practice of African origin. of making, molding and forming permanent vessels from mud and clay. .

Held at Clayworks on Columbia (New York), the first year of the Saint Heron Ceramics Residency will take place during the month of February 2022, bringing together four artists (Saati, Mussa, Stamps, Cree) to explore their research, ideas, processes and production, through safe spaces and mentorship to exercise their creative agency. Under the mentorship of master ceramicists and teachers Tracie Hervy and Anina Major, the Saint Heron Residence will provide in-kind studio space, materials and a team of skilled local artisans to expand the scale of production of the four selected handcrafted works.

Solange Knowles, Founder, Creative and Artistic Director of Saint Heron on the Ceramics Residency

“Saint Heron is committed to continuing to explore and advance the work of black and brown women artists and craftspeople. We honor the work of these artisans by highlighting the process of making and contextualizing the ancestral landscape of ceramic art beyond traditional exhibition environments. We are delighted to partner with Kering, who raise vital voices in design, to advance our initiative as a practice. Together, we will continue to anchor the intimate and ritualistic practice of ceramics through a series of workshops and the Saint Heron residence to shed light on the journey of these important objects over time.

“AAt Kering, we are committed to empowering women and amplifying their talent, voices and contributions to culture. Art is often a vehicle for social change, however, women in the arts have historically been neglected. We have the power to write a new story through practice – a story that celebrates these women and their stories. We are honored to support Saint Heron, through our Women In Motion program, on such an impactful program that not only identifies and preserves the talent of these artists, but seeks to build community beyond their craft.,” noted Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas

The month-long residency will result in commissions from each artist being showcased and sold in Saint Heron’s Small Matter gallery and boutique. Through 2022, the Small Matter store in Saint Heron will explore futuristic design as a form of cultural expression, with each object being a present force that encompasses light, color, movement, shape, speed, scale and process. These works will range from large and small scale functional sculptures, architectural objects, furniture collection, lighting design, clothing, etc.

To further promote ceramic craftsmanship, all artists in the Saint Heron program will participate in the judging panel for the next 2022 Clayworks Artist-in-Residence in partnership with NYSCA. A residency created to provide BIPOC, the LGTBQIA+ community or individuals from other historically marginalized groups the opportunity to learn, create and develop their unique voice in art and expand their knowledge and experiences ceramic.

The Ceramic Artists Residency is the first of many exciting Saint Heron projects to come in 2022.


Tracie Hervy (Mentor | Workshop Manager – Wheelcaster) @tracie_hervy

Tracie Hervy’s education in ceramics began in the studios of Greenwich House Pottery in New York. She then studied at the Rhode Island School of Design where she obtained a master’s degree in ceramics. His most recent work is inspired by the simplicity of prehistoric vessels.

Anina Major (Mentor | Workshop Manager – Hand Builder) @aninamajor

Anina Major is a visual artist whose work explores the relationships between self and place in an effort to cultivate a sense of place. Her work draws on anthropological research and oral histories to challenge postcolonial ideology and advocate for critical dialogue around the development of cultural identities. Major is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award, the Mass MoCA Studio Artist Program, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited worldwide at venues in the Bahamas, USA and Europe.

Major studied at the College of The Bahamas before earning his BS in Graphic Design from Drexel University in 2003 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017.

Armina Howada Mussa – Sculptor and designer @outofoneskin

Armina Howada Mussa (born 1990) is a sculptor from Maryland practicing in Baltimore. After studying ceramics at Minato-ku, Tokyo, she works in sculpture and installation exploring ancient and layered narratives to discuss the inner and outer realms, both active and passive, as they relate to our existence. She questions these parallels by using the physical objectivity of the sculptures in relation to the space that contains them. Mussa’s ceramic sculptures are a contemporary approach to ephemeral forms found in nature and the body – changing method with each work, his evolving practice is indicative of history and infinity.

Lalese Stamps – Founder Lolly Lolly Ceramics @lollylollyceramics

Lalese Stamps founded Lolly Lolly Ceramics in 2017 to focus on functional, unique, handmade items that are made to last. In September 2019, Lalese embarked on a 100 Day Project where she made 100 mugs with 100 different handles over 100 days, bringing national recognition to the Lolly Lolly name.

Dina Nur Satti – Designer and Creator @nurceramics

Dina Nur Satti is a Brooklyn-based ceramic artist originally from Sudan and Somalia. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in international and intercultural studies with a focus on the cultures of Africa and the Middle East. Her pursuit of ceramics grew out of her studies of African art and pre-colonial African societies, and an interest in learning how ritual objects and spatial design elevate experiences.

Dina associated herself with clay as a medium not only out of a passion for design and ceramics. Ceramic is a vessel, a container through which she explores ideas of personal purpose and growth, as well as our collective transitions, cultural storytelling and community rituals.

Kenya Cree – Ceramist & Painter @kenyacree

Cree’s practice reflects on moments felt and unseen, creating a space of hyper-visibility of black diaspora identity and exploring themes of fragile black life. These experiences help Cree’s inspiration to create work that visualizes her perception as a queer black woman – using her identity as a vehicle to communicate.

Cree’s relationship with clay is an ongoing exploration of the material’s ability to absorb and adapt. Cree applies this ideology to her artistic practice and her approach to ceramics and painting.


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