INDUSTRY: CERAMIC ARTS
YEAR FOUNDED: 2008
PARTNER COLLEGE: LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE, COHORT 16
LACC Cohort 16, Bari Ziperstein, Bari Ziperstein Studio, is featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest. It has all now come together under one roof at her new studio and showroom, where she and her team can fabricate the works (hand-built using clay slabs, hump molds, and extrusions, then fired and glazed on-site) between client appointments, order fulfillments, and sketching sessions. For the first time in 10 years, Ziperstein has her own fine-art studio, where she spent much of last fall prepping for her current solo show at the Vielmetter gallery.
To realize the hulking sculptures, she carved intricate patterns inspired by Soviet textiles into the clay, firing and glazing them, paint-by- numbers style. Like many of the brutalist buildings she has long referenced, the Cold War–era textiles were commissioned by the government. “They’re propaganda,” she explains. “I’m interested in thinking about our historical past and how it talks about our current state.”