Ingrid Saag | Art - essential to one's identity!
I decided to be a book illustrator… obviously!
After attending art college in England and while working as an illustrator in publishing, packaging and advertising, I felt I wanted to explore being creative in a different medium without the constraints of a commission.
I tried to find somewhere to learn about glass making, but opportunities to study this medium were at the time scarce. However, there was no shortage of classes available in Adult Education to learn pottery. I began around the mid-eighties at Putney School of Art under Tessa Fuchs, did a short stint at Morley College with Jill Crowley, even completed a raku course at Latchmere College where I came across another student, the then-unknown Grayson Perry. I finally ended up at Manresa House in Roehampton, where I stayed for several years until it was closed down by the local authority.
|Ingrid Saag | Large Vessel|
|Ingrid Saag | Painted Vessel|
A new idea will always start with drawing in black and white, usually pencil.
I don’t use colour because I can see the colours in my mind with the help of my test tiles. I make notes on the side or on the drawing about which colours I plan to use and whether slips, underglaze, or glaze. On another day I may see different colours so I can use the same drawing for other variations.
Most ideas come from aspects of my life or from my interests. For example, when I was growing up we had two large mango trees from which I have wonderful memories of playing in the tree house in one of them and picking the mangoes. In my early days in England, I guess my homesickness came out via dreams of picking the luscious mangoes hanging on their long stems…this led to the Mango Pickers vases.
|Ingrid Saag | Thrown Vessel|
I can’t say I have a favourite pot or artwork, but many favourites. I love Niki de St Phalle’s giant Nanas with their mosaics or painted designs, Ashraf Hanna’s wonderful organic shapes, am inspired by a lot of Pablo Picasso’s paintings, in particular, the ones of his many lovers, the landscapes of Ivon Hitchens, the abstract paintings of Franz Kline…among others.
I guess I will continue to be creative in some way as long as I have breath…because artists don’t retire. " Ingrid Saag 2019