Interviews

Interview with Jill Beute Koverman (McKissick Museum) about Walter Stephen’s work

You have been working at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum for over ten years. What are the main responsibilities and attributes of being the Chief Curator of Collections & Research?As Chief Curator of Collections and Research, my responsibilities include overseeing the research and care for the permanent collections. The permanent collections include natural science collections (rocks, minerals, fossils,...

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Interview with Teresa & Helena Jané

You have been working with ceramic jewelry and knobs for over ten years. How did you discover the passion for beautifully crafted objects? THJane: I suppose it comes from our childhood. We grew up surrounded by photographs, books, stamps and original objects. Some had been brought up from the place where we’re born, Angola, in Africa. Our dad was an...

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Interview with Debra Fleury

Growing up near the ocean around natural diversity and continuous change, you have developed a finite line of work. Do you visualize your work from the very beginning? I spend a lot of time sketching and planning. My sketches can be very specific and architectural, or very loose and gestural. But ultimately, I am an intuitive thinker. I rely on...

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Interview with Max Cheprack

You are studying Industrial Design at the Holon Institute of Technology, Israel, and recently you underwent a research project on clay extrusion. What are its concepts? Tell us about the technical process.The extruding clay project started in the third year of my studies, for B.design in industrial design, when I first met the manual extruder in ceramics course. After learning...

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Interview with Steve Belz

You are strengthening your career as a ceramic artist year by year. What was your first contact with ceramics and when did you realize you have a passion for it? I took a ceramics class in my junior year in college, and that changed my world instantly. I was constantly in the studio. I had worked with wood and metal...

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Interview with Ruth Power

You are a very young ceramic artist. When did you discover the potential of this medium? Did school have an important role in directing you on this path? Like most artists. makers or craftspeople, I have been interested in art and working with my hands from a very young age. I had a fairly basic art education in secondary school...

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Interview with Jenni Ward

You are presenting yourself as a sculptor even though you have a BFA in Ceramics. What are you currently working on? Although I’ve been educated in all aspects of ceramics; pottery, functional hand-building or sculpture, I’ve chosen to focus on abstract sculptural ceramics. I feel that if I say I’m a ceramicist, people either don’t know what I’m talking about...

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Interview with Suzanne Stumpf

The versatility of your work is very inspiring and makes the viewer ask himself whether he should play with your works or just to admire their universe. When did you begin to create such intricate pieces? Thank you for your kind words. I began to create interactive sculptural pieces about 7-8 years ago after I had been working in clay...

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Interview with Brian Kakas

Interview with Brian Kakas

There is visible consistency in your creation. What was the starting point for your investigation with ceramic art? The starting for my works comes from the traditional vessel and understanding the primary elements in the design. I have taken the elements of the foot, body, and lip of a pot and applied them to more structural elements within my sculptural...

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Interview with Marianne McGrath

Interview with Marianne McGrath

Before starting a career in ceramics, you studied Biology. In relation to your line of work, how would you characterize the relationship between Biology and Ceramics? I believe my study of biology helped create the artist I am today: one that works by questioning what surrounds me, and by creating objects based on observation in a very systematic manner. Artists,...

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Interview with Deborah Britt

Interview with Deborah Britt

You are in this field for more than ten years now. Tell us how you discovered the passion for ceramics. My passion for ceramics came rather late. Having been born and raised on a farm in Northwest Missouri, far away from big city influences, exposure to the arts was minimal. Art classes in my small-town school were non-existent past grade...

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Interview with Kathy Pallie

Interview with Kathy Pallie

When and how did you discover the passion for ceramics? Growing up, I was always the artsy-craftsy one, making things out of all different kinds of materials, using lots of different techniques. I loved going to my Dad’s office in New York City where they produced display products/props used in retail store windows and interior displays. To me, it was...

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Interview with Connie Norman

Interview with Connie Norman

Text and pattern are seen everywhere in your works; they make a fantastic rhythm and enhance the forms. When did you start to use text on your works? My current style using text started years ago when I was making mixed media sculptures that were mostly clay integrating text. I gave myself the challenge to make something esthetically pleasing. What...

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Interview with Blaine Avery

Interview with Blaine Avery

You’ve been working with ceramics for over twenty years now. Do you remember your first works? How did you evolve in time? It has been just over 20 years since I started in the field of ceramics. I remember my first works very well I know at every point in my career I strived to produce the best possible work...

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Interview with Ian Shelly

Interview with Ian Shelly

You’re a very prolific artist, with lots of exhibitions, lectures and workshops being held in the last years. How do you find the time needed for all of this? Do you also teach? Thank you for the considering me prolific, that is an adjective that has been used before to describe not only the breadth and quantity of what I...

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Interview with Ian F. Thomas

Interview with Ian F. Thomas

You are a very creative artist, working with large scale installations, ceramic objects, sculptures, vessels and various drawings. When do you have time to transpose all your emotions and ideas into them? Thank you. I obsess about ideas. My methodology for making, for creating, has me developing many works at the same time, not just in the beginning phases, the...

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Interview with Antonella Cimatti

Interview with Antonella Cimatti

You are a very consequent artist, having worked with ceramics all your career. Why did you embark on this journey? I was born in Faenza; I studied in Faenza at the “Ballardini” Art Institute, and I have been teaching at this same school for over 30 years. It has just been so natural to work with this material in this...

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