I find my inspiration for both forms and surface in nature and life forms. The shapes and forms of seedpods, shells and other underwater creatures have influenced my vessel forms. The rhythm of the landscape such as the patterns created by wind blowing across the sand or the rhythmic gradation of the beach from sand to gravel arranged in carefully sorted bands by the tide are the inspiration for texture, colour and surface quality of my work.
All pieces are hand built from coils using stoneware crank clay body. I like contrast between rough and smooth, glazed and textured clay surfaces. I combine the contrasting techniques of layering, distressing the surface of pots by scratching and carving into clay and sometime burnishing to create a three dimensional texture using a series of different levels and depths. These are enhanced by the subsequent use of oxides and dry glazes after the biscuit firing.
What I love about ceramics is that it starts as a soft lump and can become pretty much anything you want it to be. It is possible to make vessels and sculptural pieces so diverse in form and finish that it is sometimes hard to remember that they were all made from the same material. After the firing they are hard and durable and can survive centuries, but at the same time they are fragile and can be broken into pieces in a moment. The glazing process brings a final surprise to each of the pieces making. JA
Jasmina Ajzenkol is an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), Associate Member of Craft Potters Association (CPA) and a Member of the Midlands Potters Association.