Ceramics

“Don’t think about making art; just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art” – Woody Allen

“In England, there is a dividing line between artists and illustrators, who are thought inferior to painters. Well, that’s absolute rubbish. Some of the most creative work is being done in children’s books. In Japan, everything is art. They don’t say painting is better than ceramics or dress design.” – Brian Wildsmith

Three collections

In 2017 I set up a studio to work on a rough vision I had in mind. I hoped it would channel my ‘dance’ with cancer into an artistic visual manifestation. It did not happen; the process I applied to create that rough vision did not capture my heart. Instead, I found myself immersed in making ceramic vases.

I took a course at Santa Monica College and another at The Pasadena Art Center and experimented with clay in my autodidactic way. I find clay’s high plasticity a very sensual material to play with. I soon determined that wheel throwing is not what I would like to study. Instead, I focused on two types of hand-building techniques.

Candle Holders

The first explorations are vertically stacked color and texture compositions of glazed ceramic imperfect balls alternating with twisted glass rods, topped with a candle holder, all on wood bases. If one of the balls got broken, I glued its parts in the Kintsukuroi way.

 

Vases

The second involved rolling a pre-patterned clay slab onto a cylinder as a way to create a vase.

What is Kintsukuroi?

Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that means: “to repair with gold.”  The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that it is more beautiful for having been broken.

Porcelain Plates

The third one developed during the COVID-19 house arrest in 2020. I sent images of colored stripes painting to a contractor in Colorado, who printed them on porcelain plates.