Ariana Heinzman Ceramics
About The Artist
Ariana Heinzman • Vashon, WA
Ceramics • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Ariana Heinzman is a ceramic based artist, creating sculpture, wall works, and functional objects that blend floral imagery, utilitarian vessels, and the body. Her work represents the dueling desires of succumbing to nature and controlling it. However distressing these conflicting desires can be, the work honors the beauty of life with joyful patterns and forms that celebrate nature and human ingenuity. Heinzman creates quickly and intuitively, keeping her hand in the work. This direct process captures the urgency and joy of making and acknowledges the agency of the materials. The raw clay retains memory and reacts to Heinzman's touch. Forms are coil built and smoothed by hand. Each layer in turn defines the path of the next. Pigmented slip is applied in layers with brushes in gestural strokes forming bold lines and patterns. Form and surface are used to build illusion. There is a contrast between the naked clay body - soft and imperfect - and the bold, graphic finishing adornments.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I primarily coil build my work out of stoneware. My most affordable/smallest work is slip cast from a hand built form I created. I apply patterns by hand using brushes. I apply the underglaze onto bisqueware. I use a shiny black glaze on the inside of my work. I then fire to cone 6.