Why do you like Parian clay?
Parian porcelain clay is a particularly challenging clay that has limited plasticity for throwing. Over time, I have adapted skills to gain greater control of the clay, including additions to the clay body and controlled atmospheres for drying and firing.
From where did you get your inspiration?
Materials, whether natural or man-made, capture my attention and imagination. I have adapted this way of seeing from my background in graphic design, where I view everything obsessively through the lens of design aesthetics, shapes and language. I’m influenced by the work of artists.
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Which artists do you particularly admire?
Akiyama Yo, Adrián Villa Rojas, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Beuys and Richard Serra. Their works demonstrate pushing the limits of materials by manipulating tools and techniques to explore unanticipated outcomes and exposing their natural properties.
How would you define what you do?
I make ceramic vessel sculptures, which are inspired by an ongoing interest in both form and the making process. I apply specific steps to explore the materiality and physicality of clay. The process I use pushes the limits of the clay to provoke a reaction and reveal aesthetic qualities that give the sculptures character and form.