Nadya Anne Mangion

Ceramicist Nadya Anne’s favourite material is raku-fired clay, with which she creates organic forms in a variety of rich colours and surface textures.

During The Trail she invites visitors to follow her process, from the shaping of the clay through to the finished pots and figures, as she shares her creative spark and process of making.

Although she was drawing and painting from an early age, Nadya Anne always felt that she could not express herself to the fullest on paper or canvas. “Working with clay means more to me than the touch or feel of the medium. Somehow the earthiness of the material grounds me.”

“The preferred finishes to my pieces are a turquoise copper glaze, interspersed with black smoked, polished surfaces and splashes of bright vibrant colours. The sea is my main source of inspiration. The lustre of copper meandering in the blue-green of turquoise ties me to the sea. It gives them warmth, lifting them from a static piece to one which has movement as light is reflected off the surface just like the sun glints off the surface of the sea.”

“Pots start their life pinched from a lump of clay, enlarged by coiling and then deformed, textured, polished, glazed or smoked. From small hand-held pinch pots to larger pots, they are reminiscent of polished pebbles or figure silhouettes.”

Raku-firing controls the chemical oxidation/reduction of the glazes used. This firing technique perfectly marries Nadya’s scientific background with her artistic instinct. Pieces start their life in her home basement workshop, before being then transferred to the roof to be raku-fired.

“Our tiny island is so rich in history. My female torsos are greatly influenced by the work of our ancestral potters and sculptors, making them timeless.” Made with minimal manipulation of the clay; finger and tool imprints give them an unfinished appearance. The end result is a dynamic and tactile representation of the human body rich in anatomical detail.”

“After participating in a number of collectives locally and abroad, I am currently working on material for my first solo exhibition scheduled for September 2019, experimenting with new techniques, media and glazes. I will be on site with a selection of my ceramic sculptures and pots on The Trail, working on new pieces and ready to answer your questions and quench your curiosity about my work.”

If you’d like to learn more about Raku-fired clay and see the process in action, be sure to visit Nadya this November on The Trail.