Anastasia Tumanova creates ceramic installations and large scale botanical arrangements in clay that are equally intricate as they are dynamic and meditative. Her installations are improvised in the moment, inspired by the shapes, patterns, and textures she observes in the Californian landscape. Tumanova views her work as an antithesis to technology, a soul yearning for what is natural and wild.
We Are Clay comes from a philosophy I developed when I saw the connection and common ground clay and people share. I feel that when I shape clay, I am in turn shaping myself, growing and refining as a person with every form I create. Creating is a means of growing in virtue, wisdom, and character. On a deeper level, I believe that we’re shaped by what and who we surround ourselves with, just like clay remembers every touch, tug, and pull. This is an empowering philosophy to me, because it means that we have a choice in what we become.
Tumanova's work has been shown at First Amendment Gallery, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The San Francisco Art Book Fair at the Minnesota Street Project, West Coast Craft, and Oakland First Friday. Her work has been featured by Design Sponge, Create Magazine, Creative Mornings, and Luxe Interiors + Design. She shares her creative process on Instagram @weareclaystudio.