Ayu Larasati was born in Indonesia and moved to Toronto, Canada to study at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University). She earned her bachelor degree in Industrial Design graduating with 3 awards for her end-of-year thesis project. Ayu has spent years working for a design and manufacturing company in Toronto designing for small establishments and multinational companies. While she was holding her full-time job as a product designer, ceramics and pottery has captured her biggest passion and she found herself making ceramic objects from her apartment. In late 2014, she established a small home studio in Jakarta, Indonesia producing small batch of functional everyday home wares.
When I first moved to Toronto lady gave me an acorn nut. She asked me, "do you know what this nut will be? " - "An oak tree" She answered. An oak tree was believed to be the tree of knowledge and also it is the strongest and most resistant type of wood that when the British migrate to Canada, they build the boats from it. She said every time you feel small, just remember that the big mighty oak tree was once small too. The nut illustrates what was happening in my life at that time so perfectly.
Ayu has also been actively involved in a community of makers. She teaches, shares and promotes the process of creating ceramic objects. Through the conversation that happens around handmade small-batch production ceramics and home-based business, she hope to cultivate a different level of appreciation, a deeper meaning when using her pottery. A more informed decision when buying an everyday objects.