Aprille Nace Ceramics

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  • About This Artist

    I've always loved working with my hands, after taking a ceramics class, I realized clay was what I was missing. A year and a half later I was pursuing an M.F.A. at the Rochester Institute of Technology. That's how I came to clay, but I've always been drawn to craft, to the handcrafted, and to the pace of making. The act of making is vital and energizing for me, it drowns out unnecessary noise and brings together communities of makers that can find commonality in the value of being a maker.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I begin with mixing small batches of porcelain. The clay is then rolled out to and I apply color to the slab of clay. The colors is achieved through the use of powdered ceramic stains and wet glaze. I layer the colors, applying color with a rubber tool, a wooden dowel, and my hands. Most pieces are comprised of at least four layers of multiple colors. The slab is then cut into strips and they are joined to form a cylinder. The interior received a clear glaze and the exterior is left raw.

    A: I love the smell of wet porcelain! From the first time I worked with it I was hooked. So much so that I quit my job, went back to school, and changed careers. I can't explain it better than that, I just can't imagine working with anything else or doing anything else.

    A: I took my first ceramics class six years ago and the focus was woodfired ceramics.

    A: As of late, I find my inspiration from the quality of light found in the natural world. Soft light filtering through trees, brilliant sunrises, a subdued ocean sunset, and a starlit night are just a few things that come to mind.

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