Portrait by Yoshihiro Makino
Founded in 2008 by artist Bari Ziperstein, BZIPPY is known for our experimentation and innovation with ceramics. Working tirelessly to develop engineering methods that challenge conventional notions of slab construction, BZIPPY devises creative solutions to both formal designs and technical concerns. The design trade, friends, and fans are drawn to our inventive shapes, unique glazes, and ambitious approach to scale. BZIPPY is a forward-thinking company that evolves according to a dynamic strategic plan and a transparent approach to operations that centers the growth and wellbeing of our team. Our clients include some of the most prominent interior designers working today, and our work can be found in design-forward private homes and in public venues around the world as well as on the pages of taste-making trade publications.
After studying art and women’s studies as an undergraduate and then earning her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 2004, Bari Ziperstein worked primarily in studio-based sculpture and experimental public art. At CalArts, Bari studied with revered conceptual artist Michael Asher, whose method of engaging directly with the physical environments and socioeconomic structures through which artworks circulate was a profound influence. As Bari’s work grew more ambitious, she sought an alternative to the myth that the only viable career path for an artist is through teaching. BZIPPY was conceived as a way to circumvent prescribed notions of success for working artists and is built on Bari’s innate creativity mixed with ideas inspired by conceptual art and intersectional feminist principles.
Over the past decade, the company has produced both intimately sized and architecturally scaled ceramic vases, vessels, lamps, and furniture, often made in limited editions. The studio now focuses on several categories of creative output, including BZIPPY. linesheet production ceramics, BZ Collectible Design, and Bari’s unique artworks, seen most recently in a one-person exhibition at Charles Moffett Gallery in New York City. New in 2019 is a series of one of a kind ceramic furniture and architecturally scaled planters produced exclusively for and available only through The Future Perfect.
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CEO & Creative Director
Operation and Sales Manager
Nataliya Kotlova received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, where she primarily studied fibers and ceramics. Her trajectory in the fine arts lead her to a position at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, IL where she was the director for 3 years. Kotlova is interested in and working closely with artists on a curatorial and administrative level. In 2020, she received a Master's in Art Business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and now live in Pasadena, CA. I received an MFA in ceramics from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University, and a BFA from the University of Washington. I worked in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Research Library and Archives before moving to Los Angeles and beginning work as a full time production assistant for Wiseman Studios. My nearly four years there gave me a deep understanding and appreciation of production and craftsmanship. My work has been included in the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington; METHOD Gallery, Seattle; the Huntington Library, Pasadena; and the Clay Studio, Philadelphia. When I’m not working with clay, I work as an illustrator and storyboard artist. At home I am an avid vegan baker, an aspiring gardener, and take care of two cats, a sourdough starter, and a Marimo moss ball.
I discovered ceramics in undergrad where the facilities, experimental nature, and community inspired me to pursue the material. I love how entwined ceramic arts are with geopolitical, social, and technological histories, as well as the tactile and immediate nature of sculpting and with clay; It is a marriage of analytical and intuitive engagement that I am endlessly interested in. At BZIPPY, I admire the respect between colleagues for the work we produce as well as each other’s contributions and expertise. It’s exciting to work in a studio that facilitates beautifully handcrafted production design as well as fine art.
Lead of Glaze and Kilns / Digital Rendering Associate
I was born and raised in Ojai, CA and now live in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. When I’m not working, I love cooking and eating (LA is such a great city for so many kinds of food) and going hiking with my dog. I completed a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College, where I studied ceramics, painting, and architecture. I’m most interested in making things I can wear and use. Right now I’m teaching myself how to quilt and build soft furniture pieces.
After graduating, I worked in a ceramic studio for about a year before switching gears to work in interior design, but I missed the studio environment and found myself at BZIPPY. I think I fell in love with clay because it appeals to so many different parts of my personality. The problem-solving appeals to the scientist in me, but I love how physical clay is; the work requires that you really use your body. I’m also someone who loves to decorate and make beautiful things that can be handled and used, so clay has always felt like a natural material for me to work with. From day one, I’ve really appreciated how transparent Bari is about her goals for the business and how each team member fits into that vision. I think it gives a real sense of purpose and ownership to our work.
Lead of Prefabrication
I was born in Knoxille, Tennessee and grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I studied photography and ceramics at the University of Tennessee before moving to Los Angeles. I love having access to the global art community here, and the city’s close proximity to the mountains allows me to hike and camp on a moment’s notice.
The craft of working with clay was created with the birth of human culture but still has so many unexplored outlets as an art form. Working with the minerals from the earth excites me and grounds me because I know finished pieces will outlast my own lifetime. At BZIPPY, I am learning about the world of design and the ins and outs of running an art-based business. Watching clay be handled at a scale far larger than I had ever allowed myself to go has emboldened my own personal goals.
I was born and raised in Madison, WI and now live in south central Los Angeles. My favorite thing about living in Los Angeles is the proximity to nature. Before moving to Los Angeles, I lived in Chicago where I received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago and worked as a fabricator for several art and design studios, museums, and galleries. Outside of work, I have a personal dance practice and work with my wife designing and producing clothing.
I love to work hands-on with different materials, and I’m excited by the opportunity to learn how to build with clay. My favorite part of working with clay slabs is burnishing leather-hard pieces to become smooth and shiny. At BZIPPY, I enjoy the energy of the studio as well as the space to learn and grow.
Shipping & Receiving / Operations Associate