Erica Iman makes hand-built, one-of-a-kind vessels that are often reflective of forms, surfaces, and fragments found in nature. She explores the raw material properties of clay and minerals and is continuously experimenting with these materials and mimicking natural processes to advance her work.
Erica received her BFA in Ceramics and BSE in Art Education 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 and was a selected participant in the International Workshop for Ceramic Arts (IWCAT) in Tokoname, Japan during the summer of 2007.
Erica has taught in various schools and community arts centers and is currently a studio artist in Kansas City and a founding member of the KC Urban Potters. She was awarded second place in the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition with the work being purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, was selected for the 2013 NCECA Biennial Earth/Energy, and received an honorable mention in the 10th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan.
“I am drawn to geological formations and extreme landscapes that remind me of my own solitude and impermanence. I am interested in exploring these ideas through my work by creating solitary, abstracted or fragmented forms that are reflective of the land, processes, and materials from which they are derived, while simultaneously having a visceral and metaphysical connection to the viewer.”