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Kelly Shimoda makes handbuilt ceramics, including jewelry, tableware, and sculptural pieces. Her work has a visceral quality, inspired by observations of landscape, the natural world, textiles, and metallic elements. She works with folded contours and free-formed shapes and makes each piece herself by hand. Her Toothy Hanging sculptural pieces evoke bone and stone, and are made of black clay and hemp cord. They can be hung either flat against a wall, or in the open (perhaps under a doorframe) arranged in a three-dimensional pattern. Each hanging is an original piece and varies slightly, reflecting the individual beauty of handbuilt ceramics. The hangings are hardy enough to be hung indoors or out, but care in handling is always recommended.
Shimoda has always enjoyed making things and worked as a photographer before she started working with clay.
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I was born in Southern California and raised in New England, lived in New York City (with a brief stint in Barcelona) and the Hudson Valley, and three years ago moved to the Bay Area where I now live with my husband, daughter, and cat. I worked in education and international communications before deciding to pursue my passion for photography, which I did for several years. Exploring my creativity through photography expanded my horizons and led me to want to work with clay, although the creative processes of making photography and ceramics appeal to me in similar ways. I used to love the anticipation of waiting for film to be developed and prints to be made, and now I do the same for objects I’ve built by hand as they undergo repeated firings, before I know what I have. I’m currently loving attempting to balance motherhood and ceramics.