Ceramic artists list
> Ceramic artists list 100. Tim Rowan 99. Graciela Olio 98. Michal Fargo 97. Ryan Blackwell 96. Ellen Schön 95. Francesco Ardini 94. David Gallagher 93. Elizabeth Shriver 92. Jason Hackett 91. Patricia Sannit 90. Bente Skjøttgaard 89. Steve Belz 88. Ruth Power 87. Jenni Ward 86. Liliana Folta 85. Kira O'Brien 84. Annie Woodford 83. Kwok-Pong Bobby Tso 82. Bogdan Teodorescu 81. Kimberly Cook 80. Paula Bellacera 79. Debra Fleury 78. Cindy Billingsley 77. David Gilbaugh 76. Teresa & Helena Jané 75. Marianne McGrath 74. Suzanne Stumpf 73. Deborah Britt 72. Kathy Pallie 71. Els Wenselaers 70. Kjersti Lunde 69. Brian Kakas 68. Marie T. Hermann 67. Mark Goudy 66. Susan Meyer 65. Simcha Even-Chen 64. Barbara Fehrs 63. Shamai Gibsh 62. Natalia Dias 61. Bethany Krull 60. Amanda Simmons 59. Arthur Gonzalez 58. Chris Riccardo 57. Akiko Hirai W 56. Johannes Nagel 55. Rika Herbst 54. Liza Riddle 53. Chang Hyun Bang 52. Virginie Besengez 51. Jasmin Rowlandson 50. Chris Wight 49. Wim Borst 48. Rafael Peréz 47. Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir 46. Cathy Coëz 45. Merete Rasmussen 44. Carol Gouthro 43. JoAnn Axford 42. David Carlsson 41. Margrieta Jeltema 40. David Roberts 39. Patrick Colhoun 38. Abigail Simpson 37. Signe Schjøth 36. Katharine Morling 35. Dryden Wells 34. Antonella Cimatti 33. Cynthia Lahti 32. Carole Epp 31. Blaine Avery 30. Ian Shelly 29. Jim Kraft 28. Wesley Anderegg 27. Connie Norman 26. Arlene Shechet 25. Young Mi Kim 24. Jason Walker 23. Peter Meanley 22. Shane Porter 21. Jennifer McCurdy 20. Yoichiro Kamei 19. Debbie Quick 18. Ian F Thomas 17. John Shirley 16. Grayson Perry 15. Vivika & Otto Heino 14. Georges Jeanclos 13. Daniel Kavanagh 12. Nagae Shigekazu 11. Matthew Chambers 10. Tim Andrews 9. Claire Muckian 8. Adam Frew 7. Maciej Kasperski 6. Roxanne Jackson 5. Keith Schneider 4. Celeste Bouvier 3. Tim Scull 2. Kim Westad 1. Sara Paloma

Aniela Ovadiuc - Romanian ceramic artist, November 2012

ROMANIAN CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS, November 2012: Aniela Ovadiuc

Aniela Ovadiuc Romanian contemporary ceramics featured on Ceramics Now Magazine

Interview by Vasi Hîrdo for Ceramics Now Magazine - Issue Two
Translation by Andra Baban

How did you discover the passion for ceramics?

By accident! When I was in high school I studied painting and I believed that nothing could rise to its value; that painting is part of my soul and the only way of expression for me as an artist. But this had changed when in university I have met ceramics, felt in loved and couldn’t separate since. This is mainly due to my professor, Ernest Budeş, the person which showed us all the ways of expressing through this medium, using clay, stoneware, earthenware or porcelain, each with its specific techniques. He taught us that ceramics is made with a lot of patience, dedication and most of all, love. He also educated us to love what we do because an object made with all these “ingredients” cannot be otherwise than good: it lives, vibrates, transmits.

Is ceramics for you an opportunity for introspection?

Art in general is an opportunity for introspection. Ceramics is a material that allows many possibilities of transposing artistic ideas, therefore can be both two-dimensional (decorative tiles, painting, graphic, photography) and three-dimensional (sculpture, installation). In conclusion, clay has a wide range of artistic expressions that can help you translate almost any idea. Unlike other mediums, ceramics implies using all the primordial elements -earth, water, air, fire- to get the final result; this gives you a lot to think about. To give shape to earth you need water, to dry it you need air, but then, giving it to fire (and I say giving because from this point the fire detains most of the control and often is the best adviser and critic that reveals your mistakes and never forgives them) for objectification, fixing, vitrifying, finality.

Tell us more about your creative process. Is there a balance between concept and execution?

The important thing is to have the idea; the rest will follow naturally. When you master the ceramic techniques, you automatically consider the idea in connection with the execution possibilities; it is like the relation thought – word – grammar. You own the concept, the idea, the thought, and can transpose them using a grammatical structure. The same is with ceramics: you visualize the whole process to the ending, and you start to work, meanwhile transposing your thoughts.

It may happen to change the idea in the process – mainly because the difference of time between thought and action is longer than in other artistic media - for example in painting everything happens almost simultaneously (thought, gesture, action and result) but in ceramics, the execution time is slower and the mind begins to work - the reason why changes can occur in the initial idea but also in technique. Usually, I try not to diverge too far from the main idea, but I have to be very careful because if I let myself flow in experiments, I can easily derail and fail to reach the destination, in other words to  what I wanted to convey. Ceramics doesn’t give you much opportunity to step back in the process, instead it forces you to take it again from beginning.

Aniela Ovadiuc Romanian contemporary ceramics featured on Ceramics Now Magazine
Aniela Ovadiuc, The book, 2011, Stoneware, Metalic oxides, 15 x 38 x 3 cm.

[] Read the full interview in Ceramics Now - Issue Two

The book is a recurrent element in your creation. What are the origins of this passion?

During Master degree studies I had as research the theme of the Library (Bookcase), concluding that it is the sum of human preoccupations. If Schopenhauer names the book “the paper memory of mankind”, my work “The Library” (Bookcase) wants to put in light the human – library relationship. The library has the meaning of a book depository where the books reflect the man himself. To understand this I had to ask myself: What is a library? - A book depository; What is the book? - The memory of mankind in the shape of words, images and signs; What are the words? -  Language, signs, symbols, gesture. And still, what is the library? – Is purely a human product, which stores all its history and emphasizes the development path, all thoughts, feelings and human desires. All these are in the Universal Library, and man carries it with himself all the way. The library and the man go together, have a common, inseparable route, like a carried and projected shadow. So from now on, I remained faithful to this theme, because it is very complex and inexhaustible, because we are in constant motion and evolution, but especially because the book as an art object is as Daniela Frumuşeanu said - “an exhibition itself!”

[] Read the full interview in Ceramics Now - Issue Two

As a Romanian artist, what is your opinion about the status of Romanian contemporary ceramics and the possibilities of affirmation in this country?

If by the 90’s, the Romanian contemporary ceramics were easily confused with traditional ceramics - because there were no magazines, catalogs and galleries in which to publish information, to promote and exhibit, through the years 2006 to 2009 a group of ceramic artists started to promote Romanian contemporary ceramics. After a so-called census we have found that, compared with the international ceramics, we have good artistic expertise, a well-defined value and various personalities, ideas and good concepts - but all this could not be promoted due to financial shortcomings and organizational problems.

In 2009, at the initiative of ceramist Cristina Popescu Russu, as Aurelia Mocanu said, “an artist with a vast international experience and because of this with a big interest to maintain the group awareness of Romanian creators”, started a promoting process for Romanian contemporary ceramics. The first step was Mogoşoaia Palace Exhibition in Autumn 2009, where 33 artists from all over the country exhibited their works. Their ages ranging from 25 to 75 years, it was a true panorama of Romanian ceramics.

This exhibition was completed with a trilingual catalog published by The “Brancovan Palaces” Cultural Center and took into consideration the display of Romanian ceramics in the French capital, in September 2010. The Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris hosted a selection of 14 ceramists in two conferences. All these events and artistic gatherings were mentioned at the conference and General Assembly of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, the most exclusive forum for this field. Following these events we formed a group of eleven ceramists, and started the Galateea project. After two years of effort we managed to open the doors of Galateea Gallery in December 2011, being the only gallery for ceramics in Romania, included in the international circuit, which aims to promote Romanian contemporary ceramics.

Now, with the steps outlined above, we were able to shape the image of Romanian contemporary ceramics, which starts to be visible after almost 20 years of shade. We are at the beginning and the outcome of our efforts are slightly noticeable, but from now on is very important to maintain this attitude, to integrate and arise Romanian ceramics in an international context, and here I want to applaud the initiative of my colleagues from Cluj for launching an international ceramics magazine. I am very confident that we can accomplish the projects we set in mind, and happy to see so many reactions both to strengthen the Romanian ceramics but also to promote it and appreciate it.

Aniela Ovadiuc Ceramics - Romanian contemporary ceramics feature on Ceramics Now Magazine
Aniela Ovadiuc, Letter, 2012, Stoneware, Oxides, Glass, Paper, 15 x 38 x 3 cm.

Do you have a project you are currently working on? Where can we see your works in the next future?

Yes, I am involved in the Galateea project together with the group that had this initiative. Through Galateea we want to create a space for starters, for supporting the young ceramists but also a place where renowned artists from this field can showcase and be celebrated. This gallery is the perfect place for gatherings and debates on the perspectives of Romanian ceramics in the international context; a vivid place, a dialog generator between artists and the public.

First image: Aniela Ovadiuc, Introspection, 2011, Stoneware, Metalic oxides, Glazes, 100 x 100 cm.

The full interview will be published in Ceramics Now Magazine - Issue Two.

→ View our featured ceramic artists list (posts).
Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter | Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Subscribe to Ceramics Now or buy single issues from our dedicated shop.

© The interview is subject to copyright and belongs to Ceramics Now and Aniela Ovadiuc. Cannot be used without credit and original link.


  • 12 Nov 2012
  • 6 Notes
  • -
  • Interviews
  • ceramics
  • contemporary ceramics
  • Romanian ceramics
  • Romanian contemporary ceramics
  • November 2012
  • Aniela Ovadiuc
  • ceramic artist
  • 6 notes | Show
    1. hanleaf reblogged this from ceramicsnow
    2. ceramicsnow posted this
    All work is copyright of respective owner, otherwise © 2014 Ceramics Now. Website design by Thomas Cullen. Powered by Tumblr.