All my pieces are one-of-a-kind and it is a product of respectful communication between me and the clay. I like to think I’m just a tool to help this living material to be what it can be. Many times I incorporate some other materials from nature to create a texture or to be an equal partner of that piece. Sometimes I use mechanical parts to symbolize how humanity left it’s imprints on Mother Earth.
Clay story: I studied graphic design in the art school. During one of the summer break, out of curiosity I went for an internship to one of Hungary’s legendary potterist Istvan Teimel in Óbánya (Ancient Mine) to learn traditional pottery. His family was forced out from Germany in the 1800s and continued the pottery tradition in Hungary, in 1973 he was awarded of the highest recognition of the country as a Master of Folk Arts in pottery. He was a man of few words and many actions. We dug our clay in the mountain, carried it down in a wheelbarrow and processed it by hand for our own use. It was a powerful experience.
Here in Bakersville I have the opportunity to reconnect with the similar experience by using mostly local clay from our backyard. This earthy clay and me understand each other, I don’t feel the same connection with processed clay. Most of my pieces takes a year to finalize as they are going through handful of firing.