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Holding Warmth

Holding Warmth

By Marisa Burman

I started this project at the beginning of quarantine back in March. It was a way of keeping me sane through making and also a way of maintaining community during a time of isolation.

In partnership with Richmond Art Center, I made twenty mango bowls and gave them out to people in our network of teachers, artists and community members. I wish I could give a bowl to everyone I know! Because for me the bowls are an offering of love and care, and an embodiment of joy and human connection. Handmade objects hold power.
– Marisa Burman

About the Artist: Marisa Burman is a ceramic artist and teacher who has been making things out of clay for 15 years. Originally from San Francisco, she is currently living and working in Richmond where she manages the ceramics studio at Richmond Art Center. In her own work she loves using porcelain, and seeks to make colorful and meaningful objects that people can use in their daily lives. Burman enjoys the science behind the ceramic process and the constant surprises that firing clay brings. She also loves the community aspect of ceramic arts — the sharing of knowledge & experience, and the never ending source of learning and challenge. Follow Marisa Burman on Instagram: @marisaburman

About the ‘Art Lives Here’ Series: When Richmond Art Center’s facility is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, we worked with artists on these projects online and outside (at a safe social distance!) to find new ways to connect and make meaning with community through art.


Images: Images of the bowls in use by their new owners






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