Solange Knowles launched a Brooklyn-based ceramic residency

Saint Heron, the online community and studio created by musician Solange Knowles, has announced the inaugural cohort of four artists who will participate in her month-long ceramic residency in New York. The program “promotes the spatial sensibilities and creative innovation of black and brown women practicing the art of ceramics,” a press release reads.

“We honor the work of these artisans by highlighting the process of making and contextualizing the ancestral landscape of ceramic art beyond traditional display environments,” Knowles said in the statement. “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.”

Kenya Cree, Armina Howada Mussa, Dina Nur Satti and Lalese Stamps are the artists selected for the program’s debut. Supported by Kering’s Women in Motion program, the residency takes place during the month of February at Clayworks on Columbia, a pottery studio in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, where participants will be mentored by ceramists Tracie Hervy and Anina Major and will provide workshop space, supplies, and a production team.

The residency will include a series of workshops and each artist will produce works displayed and sold in Saint Heron’s Small Matter gallery and online store. Small Matter, which has previously collaborated with artists such as photographers Lorna Simpson and Deana Lawson and musician Blood Orange, will thematically focus on “futuristic design as a form of cultural expression” through sculpture, interior design, l lighting and clothing in 2022.

Saint Heron, founded by Knowles in 2013 with a focus on music, has grown into a multidisciplinary institution that pursues projects in mediums ranging from film to installation art. Last October, the creative studio launched the Saint Heron Library, which shipped 50 rare and out-of-print books by black authors to borrowers.

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