Eliisa – Ceramist

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

I make different kind of ceramics: from jewelry to waterbasins. I’m able to work with different techniques I like mostly the “throwing” technique which makes use of the fast wheel where a lump of clay is placed centrally on the wheel and then squeezed, lifted and shaped as the wheel turns.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

I think working with clay gives me a sense of peace and sensibility, in fact you must be dedicated and careful with your work.

 3. IF YOU HAD TO CONVINCE A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

It is enjoyable to make ceramics but also you need quite a lot of knowledge in terms of tools and machines. Most of all you have to remember that every single detail could take more time than it seems.

I wouldn´t imagine myself starting on ceramics path alone without any contacts and network of people that would give me good advice in different situations. Let me give you an example: if you buy some new glazes that seem so great on some shops webpage, it happens quite often that just 50% or even less works out in your kiln as you expected. But thanks to the support of colleagues and friends you’ll find yourself in a system where everything develops smoothly. 

THE SURVIVING STORY

When I was a child I liked to go to ceramic classes, and when I had to choose my profession among different crafts it was quite easy for me to go for ceramics. To me the main reason is that it gives you a lot of different possiblities and it also has a funcional side: you can actually use whatever you make. I went to study ceramics and after my studies I had the chance to join a group of ceramicists with whom I share a studio until now.

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