JOSH HERMAN, CERAMIC ARTIST
MINDFULNESS, ORGANIC SIMPLICITY & MODERNITY ARE CONCEPTS THAT INSPIRE MY CREATE PROCESS.
I didn’t set out to be an artist. As a kid, I was very active in sports. I grew up in New York City and went to business school in Boston, but it was in 1987, when I transferred to Pitzer College in Claremont, that I discovered ceramics. I did the remainder of my course work at Scripps College under professor and revolutionary inventor of American-style Raku, Paul Soldner.
My ceramics studies in the U.S. led me to Midcentury Modernism, while my studies in Japan influenced my affinity for Eastern principles that shows up in my work today. I am deeply guided by Hakomi, which is an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy rooted in Taoism. Hakomi is a discipline of paying attention to what you're experiencing in any given moment, and this allows me to stay focused on the clay as the form reveals itself.
I am fascinated by the inner and outer landscapes of the creative process. When I start a piece I don’t know where it’s going, I don’t have a preconceived shape or idea in mind. I just allow my senses to engage and feel my way to the final result. The clay has a language, a way of communicating its limitations and strengths, and I tap into that dialectic to bring the form to life.
My vessels, forms, and sculptures, whether from the Josh Herman Studio line or the Josh Herman Fine Art line, are sensual and expressive, yet there is a bold and vibrant quality, too. It’s the subtle interplay between these characteristics, along with my unique volcanic glaze, that are hallmarks of my work.
I live in San Diego, CA with my wife, Rachel and our two kids (who like to work with clay in the studio along side of me).