Maria Wojdat

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Overview

My work as a graphic designer is a major influence – the precision I learned when creating artwork on a drawing board combined with the organic nature of clay is the basis of my work in clay. Line has always been important, from a small child watching my father, a structural engineer, draw perfect black lines on his technical drawings to my own as a graphic designer in producing artwork for print. Now I attempt to create equally perfect lines in 3 dimensions around a form – it’s an exploration into finding the balance between spontaneity and control and the relationship between the geometric and the organic. Intuitive, almost unconsidered movements allow and encourage organic forms to emerge. Precise and controlled movements create clean lines. Each piece is a making journey which encompasses elements of chance and explores the balance between line, form and colour.

Artist Statement

My early creative training and work was in graphic design, it was a time when the industry was changing from drawing boards to computers. As my work became more computer based I realised I missed using my hands and making things, that realisation led me to ceramics and an MA in ceramic design at Bath Spa University. Since graduating I have exhibited nationally and internationally and now work from my studio in Bath.

Education:

2007 MA in Ceramic Design, Bath Spa University College, (Distinction)
1986 BA(hons) Graphic Design, University West England (2:1)

Awards:

2008-09 Crafts Council Development Award
2008 Emerging Makers Scheme – Artsmatrix and Crafts Council

Collections

Publications:

Interiors; Elle Decoration; Elle Decoration (Polish Edition)
La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo; House and Garden
Ceramics Monthly; Sunday Times Home;
Architectural Digest; The Trend Bible, Ceramic Review

Memberships:

Professional Member Craft Potters Association