Oakland-based ceramics designer, Anna Krengel, made her way through the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London and is now giving back to the community with her poetic outlook on ceramic arts. All in all, she’s killing the clay game one pottery wheel at a time.
This Seoul-born, Swedish-raised ceramics artist has experienced art in various forms only to then settle down on her ceramics passion at Central Saint Martins at 18. This pottery and sculpture diva believes her work extends to a metaphysical realm of the human psyche allowing her viewer to make visceral connections to the work.
Allowing to be immersed into many different cultures, Anna Krengel expanded her horizons in the ceramics medium to really connect with her personal identity as an artist. “I wanted to explore the circularity of life and death of humans, I was there to explore my own personal identity.” The ideas of ontological design can be easily seen in Krengels work from then till now.
Krengel’s ceramics creations range from urns, jewelry, and an assortment of fanciful ideas. Bringing life to ideas through clay, an assortment of color, texture, and lines play heavily through her entire collection. “My mother would make me a mean playdough to play with, I really loved sculpting things as a kid” — getting to meet Ms. Krengel is an entirely different story, her open and whimsical spirit makes her an approachable person in Bay Area art community.
Going through many product design jobs and opportunities, it wasn’t until Krengel’s second year in college did she really discover her passion for ceramics arts. She made the switch and never looked back. Krengel now lays camp in a simple studio bordering Lake Merritt, filled with a multitude of artists and makers — getting the spark of inspiration is a thing of the past.
Alongside her own personal work, Krengel can be found teaching her passion to elementary and middle schoolers at Presidio Hill School for the progressive. Teaching the students about bringing concepts and thoughts to
A recent exploration of Krengel’s art has been her Urn’s project — investigating the lines between life and death and celebrating the fragility of what we hold dear, “what inspires me most are thoughts and emotions both subconscious and conscious. The physical part of building these
Krengel will continue to keep exploring the boundaries of clay and sculpture through her unique point of view on how people interact with her creations, “I’m continuing with
So how does Krengel keep her balance over the pottery wheel? “I love the ocean. Surfing is my meditation. It’s one of the few places where my brain will take a nap. It’s also great for my skin and hair.”