What do you suggest to an aspiring ceramicist?
Share your passion, persevere, and reach out for help and support wherever you can.
Why did you choose this craft?
There is such a variety of processes and techniques available when using clay, there is always something new to explore, test, and master. By its nature clay is transformative – by just touching the clay you are changing it and creating something, this is one of the reasons I love teaching ceramics.
© Sylvain Deleu
What are your specialisations?
I have an understanding of other materials that I bring into my clay sculptures such as wire, concrete, stone and wood. I collaborate with my partner Geoffrey Hagger, a bespoke furniture maker and woodworker to create the structures that contain or support many of my works.
What are your sources of inspiration?
The natural world, specifically plants, is my main source of inspiration. By creating imaginary worlds, I hope to encourage a deeper investigation into how plants behave and how their behaviour can help us reconsider our own approach to communities and landscape.