Today we’d like to introduce you to Bari Ziperstein.
Bari, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After earning a Master of Fine Arts in 2004, I worked primarily in studio-based sculpture and experimental public art. In art school, I studied with 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 my work grew more ambitious, I 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 my innate creativity mixed with ideas borrowed and enacted from conceptual art and feminist principles. I founded BZIPPY in 2008.
Since then, I have built a team of seven talented artists, and our work is known around the world for our experimentation and innovation with ceramics. 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. 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. The studio now focuses on several categories of creative output, including BZIPPY linesheet production ceramics, BZ Collectible Design, and my unique artworks.
Has it been a smooth road?
BZIPPY is a woman-owned, artist-owned company that serves as a model for parallel practice in fine art and entrepreneurial endeavor under the same roof. We provide stable, good-paying jobs with benefits to our community of artists who are often subject to precarious employment, housing, and healthcare coverage. Our products add a woman’s voice to the male-dominated fields of decor design and architecturally scaled ceramics.
It’s important to stress how difficult it is to earn a reasonable living as an artist in the U.S. I’m proud of having surmounted this obstacle by starting my own successful company that I can run under the same roof as my fine art studio, and I’m proud that my work is taken seriously in both the design world and the art world. I’m also proud of being a female founder building a business that will be a legacy company for my son and his children. Offering healthcare to the BZIPPY team was a huge milestone for the business and an accomplishment that I am personally very proud of. We appreciate being considered for your help at this critical moment.
We’d love to hear more about BZIPPY.
BZIPPY addresses three problems:
1. We have designed our production methods so that we can offer customization while keeping output high.
2. We respond to consumers who are turning their backs on global, giant corporate brands in favor of local, small businesses to fulfill their needs in the home decor sector.
3. We offer an alternative path for artists. By modeling an entrepreneurially minded approach to being a working artist, BZIPPY not only posits a new definition of success for artists but also creates jobs that pay a living wage and offer benefits and professional development.
- We are running a 25% off sale now – see website for details
- Prices range from $300 – $5,000
- Address: 4099 North Mission Rd Unit B
Los Angeles, CA 90032
- Website: https://www.bzippyandcompany.com/
- Phone: (323) 366-5594
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @bzippy
Courtesy of Bari Ziperstein Studio / BZIPPY