Ayumi Horie is a studio potter who has developed a distinctive online community utilizing social networks to support her studio practice. In 2011, she was named Ceramic Monthly's first recipient of the "Ceramic Artist of the Year" award. Horie makes work in earthenware and porcelain that draw inspiration from folk traditions and comics in the U.S. and Japan.
In 2008, she organized Obamaware for Obama’s bid for presidency, the first online ceramic fundraiser of its kind. In March of 2011, she co-founded Handmade For Japan, which has raised over $100,000 through art for disaster relief and rebuilding for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. She is on the board of the American Craft Council and the curatorial board of Access Ceramics. Horie has taught many workshops on functional ceramics and the Internet across the U.S. and internationally. Her work is in many private collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York.