Clay has a personality, and even memory. Someone who works with clay has to always keep that in mind. Creating ceramics is a collaborative process because of this, which is what I love most about the medium.
In my previous life, before my children’s needs made it too difficult to have two parents with full-time careers, I was a landscape architect. And what I loved most about that design process, besides having a love of the landscape and natural world, was how in order for it to be a successful design I had to not only make what appealed to me but also to take into account the use of the space and the environment within which it was located. A single design could never be completely replicated because the land and nature itself would never allow it. I willingly gave that all up for my family, but a few years later when I found the space and time to start designing and creating again, I found ceramics. And I fell in love immediately.
I am still inspired by the natural world, particularly plants and trees and the vivid color combination found there that in theory seemingly they shouldn’t work but still somehow do. I am also married to an illustrator/comic artist, so I’m very aware of the art world and pop culture. But even then, I look more for what it represents or the subtle symbology used. I love reclaiming old symbols and spiritual representation of nature and incorporating them into my work, either through inspiration for the piece or a hidden placement somewhere. Even in my silliest pieces, if you look closely enough, you will find a hidden symbol or wish which is in part the inspiration for the piece.
3 thoughts on “Being a Ceramist”
No matter what you do I see creativity…you inspire me. Love to see what you come up with next.
I knew you came from a landscape background but I never put 2 + 2 together as to why so many of your designs feature natural elements (that is my fancy way of saying that you make a lot of things that I see in the woods). Heidi and I enjoy our custom Juliet A Kurth pieces and the ones we’ve bought for other people from your etsy store have been very well received!
Yes, it’s really an extension of what I’ve done for so long. I’m so glad you enjoy your pieces!