Five Questions: ISAC ELAM KAID
At Obakki, we always want to know more about the people behind our products. Human beings are many-faceted creatures and as much as you may know someone already, you can always dig a little deeper. These five questions do just that.
We caught up with one of our artisan partner's Isac Elam Kaid, in his studio. Isac creates high-design pieces that serve a purpose. But they are also clear examples of the classic Objet d’art. His visuals, his textures, and his balance all combine seamlessly to introduce emotions that are rarely awakened by day-to-day objects.
What are you working on at the moment?
A table for ceremony - An object for looking - A room for my thoughts.
Have you always had such a clear understanding and connection between the natural world and your practice? Or was that something you arrived at over time, through your work?
We come from and we go to. The natural world is our world. I understand more as I spend time in the primordial garden.
How does your process start? Is it pen and paper or hands in the mud? And how do you know when a piece is finished?
Both, and sometimes by sight: Recently I observed crop circles from the sky. That will become something.
You seem conscious of the materials you use and the impact your work has on the environment around you. How does that show up in your process and in the materials you work with?
The work is the material. Materials hold meaning and memory. It asks and answers. To overlook this implies you are creating prop and artifice.
It seems that you are very intentional when curating your studio space. How do the items you keep around you inform your practice?
Objects move around, come and go. The studio is a laboratory. The practice of releasing is as important as collecting, for clarity. Movement, not mausoleum.
SHOP THE STORY
My pottery is inspired by the generations that came before me who have passed down this sacred craft. In my community you are born, raised and live each day by the clay—the Holy Mother. Every part of my being is woven through the story of this magical mud.
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I try to marry modern and classic design while taking cues from the environment of the Pacific Northwest around us. I like the idea of having a timeless aesthetic, distilling the essence of a space, and focusing on tactile and natural materials that don’t feel rooted in a single moment in time.