I build most pieces using the good old coiling technique. This allows me to build the shapes slowly and asymmetrical. I use my hands and a few ribbon tools. As I build I am able to follow the movements in the shaping and evaluate where I want it to go. All my pieces are one of a kind, I develop the idea and expression for each piece and handbuilld them with care and presence.
Looking at the piece I search for a feeling of communication and curiosity. The organic shapes represent to me a form of growth, as example in the way branches grow out smaller from the stem, movements are typically upwards. Or the shapes of beans, eggs, a pregnant stomach, all tight and full shapes, you almost sense the energy storage inside, just waiting to burst.
I find it very interesting to make surfaces that look like other natural materials, so in this way as well they become connected to nature, relating to sand, wood or charcoal. I make testst and do experiments with different clay and glazes in search for a surface to fit the shape.
Typical process for one piece
Day 1-3: I build up the shape over at least two-three days or more because the clay needs to dry and harden a bit in between to hold the shape.
Day 4-5: Drying
Day 6-7: Trimming edges and polishing surface
Day 7-20: Drying completely (and collecting enough pieces for a firing)
Day 20-22: Bisque firing
Day 23: Could be some sanding
Day 24: Glazing (normally I dont glaze right after bisque firing, but technically there is no reason to wait)
Day 25-27: Glaze firing
Day 28: Could be some final sanding
Day 29: If the piece has made it this far, and I’m satisfied with the result, then it is finally finished 🙂