Claire Weibel, a French artist residing currently in New Zealand.
I am fascinated by the creative possibilities that clay has to offer. When I make something out of clay it is almost like working with another living being. It has moods and needs; it is important to listen to them. When I create an object, I like to go slow and enjoy this personal and silent conversation with the material. This is why I often prefer finished pieces with a lot of texture, they tell stories of their own. I like my creations to be tactile, inciting the viewer to touch them and discover all the intricacies it hides.
I use mainly stoneware that has been enriched by grog, more or less coarse. I tend to avoid using glazes on the outside of my pieces as I have found it often covers the beautiful details that clay naturally offers. This allows the clay to be put at the foreground instead of being hidden under a layer of glass.
I have lately been exploring the use of oxides that create intricate and subtle colours in comparison to glazes. My aim is to make decorative and functional ceramic pieces that are an ode to the natural phenomenon of our environment.