Why did you choose ceramics?
I have been living in an artistic environment since childhood, as both of my parents are ceramicists. Memories of watching symposiums on ceramics in my childhood and adolescence prevailed, alongside outdoor wood firing and the Anagama firing method, which acted as a great pull for me.
What fascinates you about ceramics?
I am very attracted to the idea of a ceramic article itself. I like simple shapes, delicate textured decoration, wood firing. The most interesting thing about ceramics is that it is unpredictable. You never know what the outcome will be, you always have to leave room for chance.
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Where do you find inspiration?
I am fascinated by nature and its various manifestations. A wide variety of forms can be found in nature, and humans are part of it. I like to observe people and their relationships. Sometimes I am also inspired by architecture or fragments of a city. I like to draw inspiration from what is around me.
What would you advise someone wanting to take up ceramics?
It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to start all over again and again. In addition, you need to be open and not be afraid to allow chance into the process.