What were the first works you made?
Even though I made a large amount of ceramic objects during my first few years, the teapots I made during the second year of college will always stand out to me. I still have one of those teapots, which I took to my parents in Sri Lanka.
How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
My work is based on an ancient technique, which was already used by artisans in the Roman city of Pompeii millennia ago. I found a way of combining these old methods with modern technology, to create very organic shapes.
When did you decide to follow this craft?
I always wanted to pursue a career in the arts. When I was 15 years old, I was introduced to clay sculpting at an art class in the biggest city of Sri Lanka, Colombo. I was hooked and was also encouraged to continue in this direction by my teacher, who noticed that I had a talent.
What is your advice for aspiring ceramicists?
Don’t be afraid to follow your passion. Mind you, it’s not an easy journey, it will take blood, sweat and tears to succeed. But the end result is without any doubt worth all this effort.