How Artist Bari Ziperstein is Making Design Matter


L.A.-based artist Bari Ziperstein has captured our hearts and souls with her revolutionary works that have evolved the art of ceramics. Her design collection—BZIPPY—offers playful and vibrant pops of sculpture while her fine art pieces and large-scale public art transforms vessels, tile and ceramic sculptures into platforms for political and social justice. From top museums and galleries across the globe, her work is blazing a path and changing the narrative for future female artists that follow.

Recently, Ziperstein applied her dedication to the culture and cause by joining an all-female jury for the FDC’s (Female Design Council) grant initiative program that will provide two Black American womxn designers and artists with the opportunity to launch a prototype or grow their practice. The submission process which is currently underway, will give two $2,500 USD financial awards to a Black female-led design studios or individuals. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.

The artist in her Culver City studio, captured by Yoshihiro Makino.

With her keen ability for discovering talent and passion for empowering others, we asked Ziperstein to share which ceramic artists that deserve our undivided attention.

“Julie Moon’s observations in nature inspire her to create intuitively built ceramic forms painted in bright, contrasting colors and bold patterns.”

-“Marissa Y Alexander’s practice engages material and process to create dynamic, gestural, coil-built sculptures.”

I Dreamt I Swam with You, 2020

Wayne Perry’s works combine geometry and gestural forms to tell personal stories of struggle relationships and traditions.”

“Melting Points”

Paul Briggs uses a process he calls “pure pinching”. His process is largely intuitive, as he pinches forms into existence from a single piece of clay.”

Recidivism – Cell Personae Series 2019

Daniel Velasquez uses art to create a dialogue with diverse environments and their inhabitants in order to create a sense of community and wonder to public spaces.”

Hand painted black clay on white stoneware.

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