Kalika is a wonderful potter who hails from my home town of Nelson BC. It seems that from time to time potters of interest get lost in the file folders of my mind, to surface when a nice big storm shuffles them all up (there are lots of fun storms in the area right now). In Kalika’s case, it has been two years since I took a look at her work and am pleased to see it evolve interestingly and elegantly. Check her out:
I love the process of reinterpreting traditional pottery forms with a contemporary voice. It always comforts me to consider how long objects such as cups and bowls have been a part of life and culture. The pottery I make is made to survive the rigors of daily life while uplifting the daily events of eating and drinking. This current series of wheel-thrown work is made from mid-range red stoneware and embellished with patterns created from computer derived symbols used in repetition. I make each object from concept to completion in my home based studio in Nelson, BC.
This series of wheel thrown, press molded and soda fired work was made with a concentration on tangibility.The weight and texture of this series of work is exaggerated to remind us of the importance of our physical lives.There is a consideration of the body and the senses within each piece.To nourish our bodies, senses and minds is to acknowledge our humanness.Our need for sustenance and care is a common experience which can bridge the distance between individuals providing a space for compassion and understanding.We can all relate to hunger, thirst and the desire for intimacy. Pottery can act as a reminder of our basic needs, revealing both our tenderness and vulnerability.