You live in Prague, but do you ever go back to Horňácko?
My heart lies in that region, so I try to spend as much time as possible there. My studio is in Prague, but I travel home in the summer to work and to document local crafts. But I'm an artist, not a documentary maker, so it's rather about being kept busy by my muse.
Do you keep traditions alive in your work, too?
I have a very humble approach to traditions, so preserving age-old crafts is crucial to me. Yet artistic creation inspires me to move forward and try new things. Even after two decades, working with ceramics doesn't stop surprising me; there are always new layers to be discovered.
© Marek Sedlak
What do you love about it?
When you work with clay or porcelain, you use natural elements: fire, water, air and earth. You need all of them to obtain a good result; you can't cheat them. It's an alchemy full of surprises and accidents. One must be patient and attentive.
Are you concerned for the future of your craft?
I think my biggest threat is loss of creativity. I'm not only an artisan, I'm also a technologist, designer, retailer and PR manager, and that, all together, can be destructive for the creative spirit. So I'm wary of betraying myself.