When did you start making your work?
I was in the family business making ceramic products, learning techniques during the day and making personal work at night. The biggest advantage I had was that I was able to apply the proper techniques I acquired from product making to my own work.
Are you very particular about the type of clay?
It’s risky to use delicate clay to create beautiful works of art that are in focus. Since removing unwanted materials can be problematic and dangerous, finding the right balance is key. The right clay can only be found by actually using it through a series of repetitions.
Gerald Le Van-Chau©Michelangelo Foundation
What represents a well made piece for you?
It's a piece that instantly looks good the moment it’s out of the kiln. A piece can look good after repeated viewing, but the first inspiration is very important. I’ve been a potter for 40 years, and I have only made about three or four such pieces, maybe once every 10 years.
What advice do you have for aspiring craftspeople?
Seeing many great artworks is really important to be able to discern good works from the bad ones. It’s equally important to learn solid basics and avoid making strange habits in the beginning, as it will help one grow efficiently while learning a craft.