Meet the Maker: The Clay Label
Can you describe your creative work in a few sentences?
What’s your favourite medium to create with?
Clay and other modeling materials, but I do have a thing for photography I may explore in the future.
Can you share a programme/art supply brand/item you love working with?
I have a favorite glaze brand, which is Prodesco. I absolutely love the color range and how you can play with different firing temperatures to get different results out of the same glaze without straying from the original color palette.
Do you create every day? If so, do you have a set time to create?
It depends on the load of work. If I have impending orders, yes. If not and I’m creating a new piece I wait to receive a new idea and get busy with other parts of the job… less exciting parts, such as paperwork.
Do you have a ritual around creating?
I prefer to work in an organized workspace, even if it’s just the worktable and I do listen either to music or podcasts, depending on the mood. I also try to meditate or start with some mindful practice before I get my hands on the clay. Most days, that’s surfing at dawn, if not writing down a quick list of gratitude is good to start the day.
What’s your favourite part about your creative work?
Definitely, when I get an inspired idea, and even before I get my hands on the clay, I love daydreaming about how to go about it and the possible outcomes of that one idea.
What’s your least favourite part about your creative work?
Dealing with deadlines. It’s very challenging to feel pressured to create. It goes against the concept of creativity itself. Creativity flows when your mind and your soul align. If you have an off day it’s difficult to create something beautiful on demand while your head is not clear.
What would you tell your younger self about your creative work?
Don’t listen to your parents. Their beliefs and fears don’t have to be yours. Go forth, You’ve got this.
Do you create with a certain person/target group in mind?
If I’m creating a custom piece, yes, I try to embody the client’s vision without compromising my own aesthetics. My main criterion is to create beauty as I see it. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but I have to be pleased with the result.
Where can people find you and your work?
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