What led you to craft?
My first job was in an animation studio where everything was made by hand. In every other job I then had, I was never asked to work with my hands again; it was all digitised. After the charm of the new faded, my need for tactile expression resurfaced.
What inspired you about ceramics?
There are many reasons that made me devote myself to the practice of ceramics. The solitude, repetitive and transformative nature of the medium met my personality and needs at that time. An absorbing exploration had begun and goes on until today.
©Ira Mazaraki & Zeta Spyraki
Do you master any specific techniques?
I do not know if I master any, but my favourite technique is coiling. The honesty of this creative process reflects in the small details, imperfections and qualities. A slow, almost meditative process that after years of practice creates a unique relationship between the artist and the medium.
What would be your advice to an emerging ceramicist?
Practice and observe. Practice a lot to create a truthful relationship with the medium. Step back and observe your piece, observe yourself through the creative process. Don’t try to rush, don’t try to copy a success story. Observe, and remember to engage with the process.