This week we profile Kate Stevens from ceramic snippets, maker of one of a kind clay creations!
Creator Profile : : ceramic snippets
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small, quirky raku clay sculptures with a whimsical feel.
Creative production Ethos:
I keep my pieces to a high standard, try to finish pieces with an eye to details and keep things original. When someone gets one of my pieces I want them to feel that it’s imbued with my creative spirit – that it’s a little creation that I’ve put thought, energy and originality into that cannot be replicated – even by me!
Everything is handmade with Raku clay and then hand glazed with under-glaze (matt finish). On some pieces I will then add a shiny top coat of glaze and / or a tissue transfer pattern to the surface that has been under-glazed before firing.
It changes all the time, depending on what theme I’m into. At the moment I love spiral tissue transfers on a white surface… I am working on a few critters with this pattern at the moment. My favourite ever piece that I’ve made would have to be ‘moustachioed man’, he was one of the first pieces I made, he was sold and went to Margaret River, which I think is the perfect place for him.
Favourite music to listen to when creating:
My taste is ridiculously eclectic. I usually like to listen to something I know well so I can absent-mindedly sing along while hand-building my pieces. I also have a tiny table in the lounge room where I can sculpt in front of the TV in the evenings… it’s a bit of a bad idea because I’m quite messy and Ruby and Lulu (my dog and cat) try and get involved in the whole sculpting process when they’re in the room, which doesn’t make things any tidier!
One thing Kate would love to do within the next 10 years:
I’d love to have my own purpose built ceramics studio full of useful tools, glazes and with a nice big kiln and an inspiring view for me to gaze out on while I think of what to make next. I’d also like to get more of a handle on the technical side of ceramics – kiln temperatures, firing methods, more adventurous glazing methods… there’s so much to learn it could take a bit more than 10 years!
How Kate got started:
I was doing a hideous law degree and dropped out in spectacular style. After that I decided that I had to embrace my artistic side (which I’d suppressed for a really long time) and find something art-related to try. I tried a few things and had some fun, but when I started sculpture it was an instant love affair. It made me feel so happy and creative, and my love for it obviously came out in my work because people soon started asking if they could buy my pieces. I was a bit shy about it all to begin with, but with some encouragement from some of my friends I started ‘ceramic snippets’ and things have been going strong so far.
I get inspiration from all over the place; I’ve noticed that a few of my critters look a bit like my cat Lulu, so I guess inspiration starts at home! Others also share their ideas with me and I try and translate that into clay for them. I also go through themes, where all of my creations will have moustaches, or be covered in a certain pattern. Sometimes I’ll get a vague idea and just try it out on the clay… even if my original doesn’t work it will sometimes lead me to something new and fantastic. I’m not a big planner or sketcher, I tend to just see where the clay takes me.
Goals for the future:
I’d like to make a MEGA piece. My attention span and time limitations mean I stick to making smaller pieces, sometime I would like to get to building a piece that I work on for months and months and is totally amazing when it’s finished.
Oh, and my other goal is to have a ceramic snippet in every household in Australia… a bit ambitious maybe, but you’ve got to aim high!
And I also aspire to be a full time potter in the future… okay, that’s enough goal setting for now!