American, born 1967 in Seattle, WA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Initially trained as a painter, Karin Gulbran turned her interests towards ceramics in the early stages of her professional life. Swiftly shifting from two to three dimensions, she built her own bridges between art and craft with the production of "functional" objects in which ornamentation dominates.
On irregularly hand-built pots and vases, Gulbran unfolds fantastic and figurative scenes, featuring wide-eyed animals, lush nature, and inhabited waters. Distorted around the circumference of the pieces, crawling on and around the bumps and hollows of the surface, her expressive bestiary advocates for her pictorial education. Recalling, expressionism, cartoons, and Middle-Age illustration Gulbran’s works seamlessly bind fine art and vernacular crafts.