Mette Maya Gregersen trained in ceramics in London, before taking an MA in Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield University. She finds inspiration in nature, its growth and structures as well as in transforming her own emotions into clay, where the texture of the surface and its colours play an important role. The metaphorical names of Mette Maya's works often reflect her emotions. Her recent sculptures have been made using thin slats of wood which burn away during firing, gently recording the marks of what was once there. Combining earthenware and stoneware glazes, relinquishing control of the outcome, and embracing the element of surprise are essential components of Mette Maya's work.Read the full interview
They are an integral part of my process, as a means to understand my immediate world and to find words that can describe ceramic shapes. Especially the theories on object-relation and playing-reality can help to define contexts and make more sense.What is your approach to making ceramics?
It’s a search for structural connections between mind and nature. By looking at patterns created by water, both emotionally and physically, the clay process becomes an investigation into understanding natural cycles.
Waves became a symbol for me and a means to understand movement. This oceanic metaphor of fluidity and allusion to impermanence resonated strongly with my need to hold on to certain experiences and people.And yet at times your works are carefully constructed...
Something transpires when you are standing still. After spending time working with constant movement, there is a need to construct and reflect on the horizon. This is important in creating a sense of balance and unity.