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About KuuPottery


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KuuPottery is a ceramics studio producing handmade collections in small batches in Seattle, Washington. The collections made and sold are packaged with sustainable packaging and are made with locally- made materials.

About the artist

Kassandra Guzman, aka Kuu, was born and grew up in Miami, FL. She founded KuuPottery in 2016 at the age of 23 years old while getting her business degree from Florida International University.

KuuPottery started as a studio out of Kuu's apartment where she taught wheel throwing to the Miami community in addition to making small batch releases [1]. Demand quickly forced her to grow out of the apartment and she relocated to different studio locations in the Miami area and began to work at the studio full-time. NBC Miami described KuuPottery as a "fully equipped ceramic shop and pottery studio offering classes for anyone looking to get those creative juices flowing" [2]] 

In 2018, Kuu began to explore the idea of the impermanence of organic objects, and released her artificial fruit collection. The items in this collection represent the encapsulation of a moment in time of the lifespan of organic objects, and by creating a physical replica, celebrating the immortality that comes from art. Pieces from the collection were displayed and sold in Miami, LA, and New York.

She collaborated with fashion label Simonett in 2019 to celebrate the launch of their Miami location pop-up with a custom collection of flower vases. [3]

She shifted her focus in 2019 to explore new  designs around ceramic handles and its representation of concepts and emotions. She released her Amphora collection, characterized by its slender, protruding handles, "organic shapes, and pastel color palettes" [4].

Items in Kuu's Aamphora collection were featured in the "Ziwe" Showtime series, hosted by famous comedian Ziwe Fumudoh. The collection was also displayed and sold both domestically as well as internationally in cities like Dublin and London. 

 

In 2020, Kuu opened a studio in Seattle. Having to adapt to the solitude and stillness caused by the COVID-era quarantine, she was inspired to explore how motion and movement could be represented through ceramics. Earlier this year, she released Boinggg! A whimsical, energetic collection featuring  spring-inspired handles

Each ceramic object is handmade and painted without any use of a mold or stencils. 

Kuu currently lives and works in Seattle and Miami.

 

[1] http://voyagemia.com/interview/meet-kassandra-guzman-kuupottery-allapattah/

[2] https://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/6-in-the-mix/the-art-of-pottery_miami/950/

[3]https://www.vogue.mx/moda/articulo/marcas-moda-miami

[4] https://www.hunker.com/13730423/contemporary-ceramics-ideas-and-inspiration