Lara Scobie | Q&A. Don't just do the sensible thing!
|Lara in the studio|
LS: Ceramic Artist.
LS: I had a fantastic pottery teacher at school, it was the first subject I really engaged with. I would often be in the pottery long after the school day had finished. I went on to complete a degree in ceramics at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts in London and after that, I completed a postgraduate diploma at Edinburgh College of Art. I love making, it is the one thing in life that I feel completely absorbed in. It's also the one thing I feel in control of and that I can do well.
LS: I am an intuitive maker and don't really plan too much what I am going to do. I always work on a few pieces at the same time allowing for resting when I'm unsure about what to do next with a particular piece. My day usually starts with casting a number of pieces. I find this part of my day calming as I methodically fill and empty, giving me time to arrive and set the direction for the day. I make my work using the process of casting where slip (liquid clay) is poured into plaster moulds to produce forms that I then decorate with a combination of marks including incised drawing into the soft surface and sgraffito through coloured underglaze.
LS: I've done a bit of everything! Much of my degree show was thrown, and I hand-build for my post-graduate show and now I slip-cast and hand-build. I think I have always changed my process to achieve the desired quality for my ideas at the time.
LS: Making, I find ideas come to me quickly when I’m absorbed in the making process. When I'm in the zone, my hands seem instinctively know what to do and my mind seems open to new ideas. This is the time when ideas come to me. A blank sheet of paper has always been paralysing for my creative flow.
|Image: Dee Honeybun|
LS: Making work for as long as I have, for sticking at it and bouncing back when challenges can feel overwhelming.
Lara Scobie. June 2019.
Photographs of ceramic work by Shannon Tofts.
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