Interviews

Interview with Dr. Wendy Gers, the curator of Handle with Care

Interview with Dr. Wendy Gers, the curator of Handle with Care, on view at the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics

Last month, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, opened Handle with Care, a fantastic exhibition that revolves around the hand and gestures – expressions of intimacy, compassion, serenity, authority, labor and celebration. We talked to curator Dr. Wendy Gers to learn more about the complexities of organizing such an awe-inspiring show. First, I want to congratulate...

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Irit Rosenberg Ceramics

Creating New Life: Recycle. Upcycle. Repurpose. An interview with Irit Rosenberg

By Lilianne Milgrom Irit Ovadia Rosenberg would be the first to tell you that she never imagined establishing a ceramic practice amongst the towering pines of New York State’s Catskills mountains, far from the madding crowd of her native New York City. Nestled between the conifers and surrounded by wild fern, her studio barn and cottage gallery provide a serene...

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Sundaymorning@ekwc, an international center of excellence for ceramics. Interview with Ranti Tjan

Sundaymorning@ekwc, an international center of excellence for ceramics. Interview with Ranti Tjan

Sundaymorning@ekwc is an international artist-in-residence and center-of-excellence for ceramics based in an old factory in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. For over 50 years, artists, designers, and architects from all over the world have worked here to experiment with clay. Their mission is to further develop the ceramic material and to promote its application in art, design, and architecture. A couple of...

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Erica Nickol Ceramics

Fragile Bodies. An interview with Erica Nickol

You find something particularly human in porcelain: “it can suggest the weight of corporality as effective as it captures the translucence of spiritual experience”. When and how did you discover its capabilities? Early in graduate school when I began experimenting with sculptural work, I was initially drawn to porcelain for its smooth elasticity that I hadn’t experienced in the stoneware...

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Interview with Bente Skjøttgaard

Interview with Bente Skjøttgaard

As a Danish ceramic artist, do you consider the living climate an important influence in your work? I think it’s fair to say that my works have a certain Nordic nature component. Danish nature is not wild and magnificent – more one that offers quiet experiences: a misty morning over the ploughed fields; an old, dead tree; rainy weather that...

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ken eastman

Interview with Ken Eastman

Why did you choose the vessel as the central element of your art? Was there a transition from functional vessels to sculptural ones? I have been working in ceramics continually since 1980. There have been periods when I have moved away from the vessel, but really it has been at the core of my work for most of the time...

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Interview with Liliana Folta

What sparked your interest for ceramics?I was in college taking painting classes, and I wanted to learn sculpture. One day I stopped by the sculpture lab to ask the instructor if I could audit the class. She agreed and handed me a piece of clay. I was amazed at the work of the students. A retired engineer was making intriguing...

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Interview with David D. Gilbaugh

The objects you create realistically mimic the texture and look of wood stumps, roots and branches. What is your connection with this natural element, and why did you choose to investigate it in ceramics?Human emergence is the overarching theme of my sculptural work; as metaphors for that I use the aging tree as well as the natural land features of...

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Interview with Romana Cucu Mateias

As a contemporary artist with extensive knowledge in the field of ceramics, can you share with us a significant experience for your career?There is no doubt that growing up in a family of artists had a major influence on my life and artistic career. The chance to develop myself in an artistic environment, to be in contact with different genres...

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Interview with Virginie Besengez

Your body of work consists in reinterpretations in stoneware and porcelain of everyday objects. What sparked your interest for ceramics? Firstly, an attraction toward the household objects led me to ceramic. I am deeply fascinated by clay and the gesture of the hand cupping the bowl.Beyond the objects, my interest for this art was aroused by a strong link with...

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Interview with Oriana Pelladi

You are a young ceramist who had started her artistic endeavor early on, during college. How did you discover the passion for ceramics?I guess it was while working. From one work to another you get new ideas; you get excited, you make things. I remember that at the beginning, in high school, I was fascinated to discover how a crude...

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Interview with Aniela Ovadiuc

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...

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Interview with Patricia Sannit

How did your experience in working on archeological sites in Jordan and Ethiopia influenced your work? My work in Jordan and Ethiopia profoundly changed my work. I went to Jordan between my undergraduate degree and my graduate degree. At that point, I was already serious about clay, and although my early training had a functional emphasis (the well known American...

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Interview with Annie Woodford

You take your inspiration from nature. You are not just making a superficial observation, but you conduct a research on the things hidden to the naked eye. Tell us more about the universe you have discovered through your explorations.I am fascinated by the natural world in its widest sense and at all levels. An interest in the nature of time...

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