What do you like most about ceramics?
In ceramics you can do anything, from jewellery to sculptures, or anything else the heart desires. I like the repetitions I stumble upon, the craftsmanship, the technical aspects, as well as the ability to produce a quality product.
How do innovation and tradition entwine in your work?
Tradition is about 40 percent of my work. I like a lot of things from old ceramics. I am also fascinated by 20th century dishes, the shapes of the plates and their specific proportions. To an extent, I get inspiration from tradition.
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What else inspires you?
The thing that inspires me the most is modern architecture. Abstract architectural forms, their proportions, the relation between heights and volumes, their compositions – all of this fascinates me.
When do you consider a piece to be well made?
I look at my pieces intuitively. Sometimes, I make a piece and feel that its proportions are off, that it is boring. For me, the piece is good when I intuitively feel that its proportions are good, that it has a good ratio of height to width.