Valéria Nascimento . . . Studio Visit

What are the first steps you take when starting a new piece of work?

I first start my works by coming up with ideas and designs on paper. I work on lots of drawings before I move on to the porcelain itself. I like seeing the 3D version of my drawings and scaling the elements to different sizes to give me an idea of proportion.

What might people not know about your work?

That previously I had a career in architecture, as that was my original degree. After working a few years in this field I moved on to the fashion design industry for approximately ten years. Parallel to all of that I worked with ceramics since 1986, when I was first introduced to clay and became fascinated by its multiple possibilities for expression and the developments of ideas.

What do you do to make yourself feel better when things don’t go according to plan?

I try to think hard to find solutions and ways to make it work, so I can feel liberated to move forward to the next projects.

If you could own one piece of art by someone else, what would it be?

Mark Rothko. I love his paintings and I feel seduced by their psychological presence and the way he interpreted light and architecture in a minimalist manner.

What is your dream commission?

Public Art. To be commissioned to create a large scale art installation for an outdoor public space, maybe a garden of a foundation or a public square.

Where would you like to be this time next year?

I would like to be living in a world free of this pandemic. To feel excited again with projects, commissions and especially art fairs. To be able to travel to install my work in many different locations as it used to be before quarantine.

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Valéria Nascimento in her studio