Painting on clay
At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Paola de Narvaez to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
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What do you call your series of artworks?
– My series of vases is called the Prima collection. In Spanish, prima means cousin. I’m half Colombian, so I like to call my collection of female portraits my cousins. Prima also evokes uniqueness, purity and longevity. I think it’s suitable for a collection where white and clay meet, and the drawing carves the clay.
What technique have you used?
– I work with hand building, coiling techniques and liquid latex illustration. I often use white, grog stoneware and shiny white glaze.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– As an illustrator, I’m very interested in drawing on three-dimensional surfaces. I also love to play with materials. Painting with the glaze and latex makes my drawings a core part of the pieces, as the illustration is inherently painted ‘in’ the piece instead of ‘on’ it.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Poetic, romantic, delicate.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– I come from an artistic family, my mother is a graphic designer, and my father is a painter. So, I always knew I was going to be an artist when I grew up. I played classical music and drew all the time during my childhood. Later, I studied textile design in Paris and graphic design in Brussels. I had been attracted to ceramics for a while, and when I moved to Antwerp, I decided to take some classes. I loved it so much I decided I wanted to make ceramics my job. Today I make my own collections and teach classes of ‘painting on clay’.
We’re in awe of the detailed craftsmanship and strong, personal expression that is typical for the ceramic objects of Paula de Narvaez.
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