We Are Clay
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We Are Clay is the work of
Anastasia Tumanova

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Anastasia Tumanova is a botanical and ceramics artist in San Francisco. She creates beautiful, hand-painted functional ceramics, botanical murals, and is the creator of porcelain wallpaper.

She shares her work, process, and inspiration on Instagram @weareclaystudio.

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Why We Are Clay?

The name We Are Clay came from an epiphany while I was working on the potters wheel. 

Clay and people are similar. We are born from the earth, and live from the earth. Clay is forgiving: dent it, hurt it, but a little water makes it all better. We, too, can be hurt or scratched, but time heals all things. Just as clay starts fresh and ready to be shaped and turns brittle and dry like a desert, we cycle through life and death.

Just as clay is sensitive to the touch of the hand, humans are sensitive to the influences of the world: the people who surround us, our environments, our governments, our jobs, the images, sounds, and smells of our day-to-day. We absorb our surroundings like sponges, each interaction molding us as clay humans. In that way, we're all connected, shaping one another as we move through this world.