Erica Iman


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Artist Statement

The body of work for Landmarks has been driven by years of material and process research and experimentation, a result of my pursuit to find forms and surfaces that resonate beyond materiality and object.

The work is based on natural processes and raw earth materials.  I work intuitively while creating the pieces, responding to the form, surface and overall feel, ripping at edges and emphasizing natural cracks.  Many of my techniques come from mimicking nature's processes such as freeze and thaw, extreme moisture and drought, and erosion.

The Paternoster series is titled for its likeness to high elevation lakes, often called Paternosters (Latin for Our Father) because of their resemblance to rosary beads, one small lake is "strung together" by a small stream to the next alpine lake.  I enjoy the concept of the physical land relating to something internal, an inner sense of calm and meditation.

Intuition and an inner, centered emotion both play a large role during the creation of my work.  I push back and forth between masculine and feminine, raw and refined; the exuberance of traveling to a foreign land and the inner clarity and resonance of simply being.

I’m drawn to a sense of timelessness, the origin story of a stone, a glacier, or cracked desert earth, something that roots us in our existence beyond what humans have constructed.

These works are Landmarks that locate and orient me in the world.  They are way posts, markers, guides, fragments, or cairns for exploring the essence of our physical and inner landscapes.


Erica received her BFA in Ceramics and BSE in Art from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2005 and obtained her MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. Between earning her degrees, she served 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps on the Eastern Steppe of Mongolia teaching English and Gardening while exploring the Gobi Desert and Altai Mountains.  In 2007, she was a selected participant in the International Workshop for Ceramic Arts in Tokonoma, (IWCAT) Japan program, spending the summer studying contemporary and ancient Japanese pottery and culture.   

Erica is currently a full-time studio artist in Kansas City, MO is a founding member of the KC Urban Potters, and an Artist Inc. facilitator.  She has taught in various schools and art centers, was awarded second place in the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition with the work being purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, and received an honorable mention in the 10th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan.  Recent shows include In One Space, Evergreen, CO and a solo exhibition at Carter & Co. Gallery, St. Helena, CA.