At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Maja Florell to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artworks?
– I call them 'Spiral Vases'.
What technique have you used?
– The base is slip casted stoneware where I have used coloured slip to create the swirling patterns that are unique for each piece. The pieces are then glazed in transparent glaze.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– I was playing around with spiral shapes in different ways and came up with the idea of these little vases.
What other artists do you admire?
– I really love the Swedish sculptor Hertha Hillfon. A quote by her that I relate to is: "This is my farm and the sculptures are my pets" when referring to her studio and work. I often think of my own ceramics as my little creatures.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– Creativity was always encouraged in my family growing up. My parents supported all of my many projects, whether it was oil painting, building furniture, painting murals on the walls or felting weird wool hats. I was introduced to ceramics during my first year at Nyckelviksskolan in Stockholm and fell in love with clay. After that I did a year in another preparatory art school and went on studying ceramics full time for three years.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Soft, organic and playful.
What we love about Maja Florell:
We love Maja Florells playfully shaped vases and sculptures. Coming from a place of creativity, a love for clay and the organic shapes of nature.