AMY WORRALL.

AN INTERVIEW.

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Introduce yourself. Job title | Name | Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Ceramicist. Amy Worrall.

I spent a summer at football camp. Subsequently I have a deep dislike for football.

How do you go about working? What are the processes within being a ceramicist?

It’s all very conventional- sketches that I develop into designs, prototypes made in clay onto the final piece. The kiln is a cruel mistress. It’s an exciting process but also a frustrating one at times. A lot can go wrong when firing so opening the kiln is often opening the unknown. There is a lot of testing and trialing to minimize the ‘surprises’.

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What inspires you to work with the female figure over the male form? 

The female figure offers a softer shape, which works well translated into clay. The male form doesn’t have the same fluidity as the woman. Really it’s just I love making boobs out of clay. I have made a few male pieces, so they are in the pipeline at some point.

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I feel like you’ve put a modern twist on something rather handmade and kitsch… Would you class your style under a category? If so what?

I’ve always worked on the fringes of kitsch as a way of expressing humour, which is a huge part of my practice. It’s a way of exploring provocative topics without having my work defined by them. In terms of categorizing I don’t know, I’m not a fan of shoving work into brackets.

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Any exciting projects coming up & what does the future hold for you?

I’m planning to work with a foundry to create some brass casts of tiny orgies. I’ve also got some new stockists that I’m really excited to be working with. A pop-up shop is my big plan for this year at some point, so the future holds admin.

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What made you choose the colour palette for this collection?

In the past I’ve only really used sliptrailing/underglaze to ‘illustrate’ my ceramics, the result being I was limited to using only a clear glossy glaze. With this collection I wanted to draw more focus to the tactile qualities of ceramics so picked colours based almost purely on the texture they gave in glaze form.

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Any thoughts on what the next collection will bring?

I’d like to keep exploring textures, possibly focusing on one colour. Mixing my own glazes is the next big step.

Or a collection inspired by Kim Kardashian.

 Interview by Adam-Peter Hicks.

www.amyworrall.co.uk

www.amyworrall.bigcartel.com

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