Artist Josh Herman has trained extensively in Hakomi therapy, a present-centered psychotherapy grounded in the principles of Taoism. Early in his career, he lived in both the U.S. and Japan, and studied with Paul Soldner, the inventor of American-style Raku. Approaching the objects he creates from the Eastern principle of mindfulness, Herman's work evokes unconscious abstractions mixed with the organic beauty of nature. Handmade in California using all organic materials, these sculptural Tube Vases (2004) are made with a volcanic glaze that is proprietary to Herman. His mastery of this unique glaze, combined with his passion for mid-century modern design, has resulted in a unique quality and style of work rarely seen in ceramics over the last several decades. These are handmade items; no two pieces are exactly the same. Inconsistencies in size, finish and color are to be expected. Made in U.S.A.
Small Vase available in Tangerine only; Medium Vase available in White only; Tall Vase available in Turquoise only.
Made with a volcanic glaze that is proprietary to the designer.
These are handmade items; no two pieces are exactly the same.
Stoneware; sand volcanic glaze.
SMALL VASE: H 8" DIAMETER 4" MEDIUM VASE: H 11" DIAMETER 4.25" TALL VASE: H 14.25" DIAMETER 4.5"
Born in New York City, ceramicist Josh Herman found his aesthetic in West Coast mid-century form while at school at Pitzer College, outside Los Angeles. Studying under artist Paul Soldner, who is credited with inventing American-style raku, a traditional form of Japanese pottery that is used to create vessels for tea ceremonies Herman learned to integrate Eastern philosophy with Western design elements.
Herman continued to allow a deep Eastern influence to infuse his work. After graduating, he took a break from ceramics for six years, when he embarked on a path of personal growth that included work in Hakomi. A present-centered psychotherapeutic modality, Hakomi integrates Eastern practices of spiritual mindfulness with Western concepts of psychic health. This practice, a cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness, empowered his work to take off in previously undreamed-of directions. Read more >