FLUX is pleased to introduce the work of Ani Kasten, a studio potter working in Oakland, CA. Kasten began her ceramic career as an apprentice of British ceramist, Rupert Spira, in the Shropshire hills of England. Under his tutelage she was trained in the studio tradition of Bernard Leach and Spira's teacher, Michael Cardew. With firm footing in the craft tradition, Kasten has now taken her work beyond the utilitarian, creating one-off pieces which while remaining connected to the vessel, stretch the limits of functionality.
Egret bottles, poppy vases, boats, tea jars, incense burners, all reflect the environs, cultural and natural, surrounding Kasten during the past few years. Four years in Kathmandu, Nepal, working in a pottery village, Kasten had the experience of working with crude, hand-dug clay and glaze materials with natural "impurities". Together with the time in England, she has developed an aesthetic sensibility that is at once refined and modern, while maintaining a natural earthiness. Her work reveals an openness to imperfection, with texture, rhythm, and spontaneity, yet never departs from a fine attention to detail. The surfaces of the rich black stoneware she uses are stamped, etched, combed, layered with washes, and in parts even exploding with craters and bubbles. Depth and vitality are defining characteristics of this new body of work.
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Specially created by celebrated director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode), A PORTRAIT OF LONDON: TRAFALGAR SQUARE will combine the artistic potential of the digital medium with the cultural heritage of the capital. Figgis will create a unique live event, mixing footage of the capital shot by some of the city's most celebrated filmmakers - including John Boorman, Ngozi Onwura, Jes Benstock, Sophie Muller and photographer Nick Knight - with a new soundtrack, in a highly unusual meeting of moving images and sound. The free event will take place in Trafalgar Square on Friday October 27th at 7pm.
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We are very pleased that The Sultan's Elephant has been shortlisted for the Visit London award for Best Cultural Event of the Year. The winners will be announced on 23 November. There's also an opportunity to vote for a people's award for Best Entertainment. You can vote online by clicking here.