Open Studios: Daarina Abdus-Samad

May 30, 2016

daarina-abdus-samad_2-womenIn these days leading up to the next Open Studios Gallery Tour, June 4-5, we’re pleased to feature Daarina Abdus-Samad—ceramic, mosaic, and jewelry artist.

Daarina has been a teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District for 20 years. She has teaching credentials in single subject and art education, and a Masters in Design-Based Learning curriculum development.

She inspires her students to think creatively, inventively, and outside of the box. Her ceramic, mosaic, and jewelry art convey a story-telling spirit that she hopes makes you smile. (Provided text)




Daarina’s Ceramic Designs evolve from endless creative epiphanies waiting to be exposed to the world. The medium of clay encourages enumerable options and possibilities. I strive to create unique art to share stories, capture moments, and to form one-of-a-kind functional pottery and body ornaments. My slogan, “Turning Mud into Meaning” describes the process and surprises that result as the clay and I share voices in it’s existence.
—Daarina Abdus-Samad




Daarina Abdus-Samad
Saturday & Sunday, June 4th-5th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Abdus-Samad Studio #13
946 Dolores Drive, Altadena 91001
East of Lake Avenue


Daarina Abdus-Samad

Daarina Abdus-Samad




Open Studios

It’s two days of art in every medium, as well as nosh, live music, yoga, poetry, an open mic, and even a shaman.

The Open Studios Tour features over 75 artists in 41 locations around Pasadena and Altadena. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their creative habitat and have your senses filled by incredibly varied and worthy art.

The weekend begins on Friday, June 3 with Open Studios’ “Evening of Art. The art preview is at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m. JazzZone performs live and a cash bar is available thanks to Gail and her crew from the Altadena Alehouse. Dia de los Tacos offers street tacos and Altadena’s Sweeter than Honey Baking has got the cupcakes.

Come hear live music, enjoy a cocktail and eats, bid on art, and meet Open Studios artists. (All proceeds help offset the costs of producing the next Open Studios tour.)

Maps may be picked up on June 4 and 5 at Pizza of Venice, Merge Framing, McGinty’s Gallery, Hoopla Emporium, and Sidewalk Café. Many of these venues will also be exhibiting artists’ work.




View other participating Open Studios artists:
Leah Knecht
Steven Mark Greenfield
Toti O’Brien
Conversing with Ana Marini-Genzon
Through a Carvellas Eye
Patrick Gothard
Thing-maker Dave Lovejoy at Lovejoy Art
Aerial photographer Renee Rusak Strouse
Debbi Swanson Patrick at Telling Images
Leslie Delamater at L. A. General Store Design Studio


Daarina’s cats…






We've got one of these mugs in our cupboard; makes us chuckle every time we see it…

We’ve got one of these mugs in our cupboard; makes us chuckle every time we see it…


Below, full frame of image at top, right…




Daarina jewelry…




Open Studios Gallery Tour


1 Response for “Open Studios: Daarina Abdus-Samad”

  1. Several months ago, I bought a wind chime from Daarina as a business gift. My client loves it! It hangs just outside her office window.



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