Do you remember why you chose this craft?
When I was young, I always felt the urge to make things with my hands, so I started playing in clay. This resulted in a series of necklaces. The calmness I felt while making, balanced my dynamic personality, and fuelled my desire to continue and enrol on my first ceramics course.
How do you approach working with apprentices?
They are both apprentices and co-workers. I believe in the sharing of knowledge as a way of keeping our traditions and ensuring cultural progress. I hope that focused skills, experience in working on collections, and business mentoring will help them find their voice in the future.
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What might people not realise about your craft?
It would probably be my need to establish almost a motherly connection with every single piece that comes out of our workshop. My inspiration comes from the material and the journey it takes me on, so I am very emotionally engaged in every step of the process.
How would you define what you do?
I think of it as functional tableware, so I wouldn’t necessarily go into defining aesthetics since I do things intuitively. I get an idea, test it and see where it takes me. It is an honest, hands-on approach. Utility comes first and decoration second.