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Eylene Clifford

Eylene Clifford

I don’t believe that I chose clay, I think clay chose me. I just took a really long time to get the message.

My mother is a potter and has been one since before I was born. As kids, we occasionally played in the studio but I never considered it as a career option.

In every stage of my life clay found me. In 2013, after having considered literally most other career options a friend suggested that I start selling my ceramics. It was merely a hobby at that point but I signed up for a market a couple of weeks later and started my new journey into clay. Since then I have been blessed with amazing teachers in life and in clay including Kim Sacks and John Shirley.

Now I fill my days building beautiful vessels and experimenting with new techniques. Ceramics is a treasure trove filled with infinite possibilities. I believe you can explore and experiment your entire life and you will still not have tried everything there is to try at the end.

I love to draw and try to combine drawing and ceramics wherever I can. The prints for my porcelain work I create by stitching hand-drawn flowers onto the artist’s canvas. I can then recreate an image in clay using the impression left behind by the stitching.

I also enjoy sgraffito which is a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour or scratching directly into the clay body and inlaying colour into the grooves.

My primary method of construction of pieces at the moment is hand-building. Each of my creations is created by using slabs, coils and pinching.

Since starting to create art full-time, I’ve been searching for the meaning or reason behind what and why I create. As the world came to a halt with Covid-19 and I slowed down, there suddenly was nowhere to go and no pressure from outside to produce. For the first time, I could focus entirely on the joy of creating. I am no longer searching for a reason to create; I create to experience that joy and to learn how to share that experience with others.