B y V I C T O R I A H E D I N • I m p r e s s i o n s • F E B R U A R Y 8, 2 0 1 6
Passion, a feeling that many aspire to have in their life and careers. In the art world being passionate for your craft is a must. It’s needed to pull you through the alone times, the no money times, the the maybe I’m not cut out for this times. So how do you keep this dedication going strong? We asked 6 talented ceramic artists from across Canada to give us a glimpse into how they keep the passion.
Lana Filippone – whimworks.
lanafilippone.com | Toronto, Ontario
“I manage to stay passionate by being curious. I try to learn something new every day. When I get home after a day in the studio, I’m always excited to share with my boyfriend tidbits about history or a story that I heard in a podcast or a book. I love to make connections between areas of interest and find a way to think about my work in those terms and my/its connection with the world.”
kdrijber.com | Coleman, Alberta
“Mostly I keep trying new things, always… I never allow myself to get to the point of boredom. Having something new and experimental in each kiln load keeps me interested and keeps me on my toes.”
Julie MacKinnon – Julie MacKinnon Ceramics.
facebook.com/Julie-MacKinnon-Ceramics | Salt Spring Island, BC
“Passion! – Well… I think every piece can be better than the last. The beauty of handmade! Every piece I make has a “moment”… one that’s different than the last. It’s that moment that I capture that makes each one special. Very satisfying…”
Adam T. Lefebvre.
adamlefebvre.ca | Medicine Hat, Alberta
“My passion for ceramics and for making is one of the few constants in my life. Sure, there are periods of time where I don’t want to be in the studio, but time away: a short road trip, a few days of time at home with family and friends, gets my mind racing and has me eager to get back to work. In ceramics the room for research and progress is infinite, there is always something new to try. It’s been 5 years of being in ceramics full time, as a student and a professional, and not once have I thought that I might be losing interest. My desire to create is apart of my disposition. “
Claire Madill – heyday design.
heydaydesign.ca | Vancouver, BC
“I’m always looking for inspiration in the vintage worlds of accessories, textiles and home decor – I walk around always with half an eye on what something could lead to in porcelain. What gets me most fired up about making porcelain jewellery is that I want to see it in the world so I can wear it! And the wonderful thing about working in clay is that you can jump in and see your vision take shape fairly quickly.”
bdanbrook.com | Opal, Alberta
“In regards to my ceramic practice, how I keep my passion for my craft ignited is not a hard thing to do. I love my job, I love the simple touch of clay and all its potential in its physical nature. And in terms of my latest project of applying historical images to handcrafted vessels, it is the historical richness in the imagery that keeps me passionate about wanting to bring the images to life; to give a glimpse of our culture and past. These fragmented portraits of bygone harness the idealism of past times from architecture such as Ukrainian Orthodox churches, to church picnics and canoe trips down a river, or pony rides. These images grasp at memories and moments from a historical Canadian past, and offer reflections and distortions for us all to ponder.”