How did you get to where you are today?
After I defected from corporate business as a young adult, I realised I was/am a creative, so I practice and I have studied, quite a lot. I studied dance and performance for years, then ceramics and sculpture. Now I teach and learn quite a bit from my students and…from my own mistakes.
What separates your work from the work of other ceramic artists?
I think most of us ceramics people distinguish ourselves through the surface treatment of our own unique forms. I am no exception. Things truly made by hand inherently bear the makers’ marks.
Have you given someone your own work as a gift?
I am a gift shop unto myself and give according to the occasion. Friends and family – birthdays, weddings and donations to good causes. It’s always different.
If you have made someone a gift in the past, tell me why you chose to create something for that person.
I only occasionally create something for someone in advance – rather, I select from my vast horde of finished work, something suitable.
Why are you looking forward to Christmas this year?
I am looking forward to Christmas for the break and beach and swimming. It’s a welcome intervention to my driven-ness and over-committed life.
Tell me about a great gift you have received. Why was it memorable?
A little girl gave me a flower last Sunday, it was cute beyond words and straight from her heart.
Why are you excited to be having your work displayed as a part of GIFTED?
Makers Gallery is an exclusively ceramics gallery and a beautifully fitted one at that. It is also the creation of Stephanie and I very much like her exuberant and educated handling of our medium. I feel like I am in good hands and in good company.
What’s the next step in your career? Do you have a clear goal in mind? A dream project?
There is a quiet rumbling in the depths. I think I can feel an installation coming on. It will contain large wood fired elements. It is still deep at this point and vague.
LAST CHANCE – see Suvira’s works in GIFTED – final day tomorrow, Makers Gallery.
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