“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
Two collections of hand-building techniques
In 2017 I set up a studio to work on a rough vision I had in mind. I was hoping it will 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 started experimenting 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. 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. The second involved rolling a pre-patterned clay-slab onto a cylinder as a way to create a vase. I feel there is so much more to explore and perfect in these techniques.