“For my own mental health, having a process like this is really fundamental."
But the technique is not without its risks. Using temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees doesn’t always give the controlled results you might wish for: “It’s quite shocking for the hot pot to be taken out into cold air so that might shatter it,” explains Blue, “or it might not be hot enough for the hair to burn on the surface, so the whole thing is like a magical experiment. You can’t be precious about it, you’ve just got to be very open-minded and deal with disappointment - really good life lessons, I think.”
Having her own studio where Blue can practice and teach combined with the recent selection for TOAST’s New Makers has allowed Blue to start seeing her work with clay as a promising long-term journey, rich in narrative and community. “I don’t think I ever saw myself as a craftsperson before because prior to working with clay my work was quite conceptual and large-scaled and never existed for very long,” she explains.
“For my own mental health, having a process like this is really fundamental and I think a lot of people can appreciate that. If a therapeutic, thoughtful approach can imbibe an object, then I feel that can also translate to people, which makes a really happy chain of events.”
Interview by Andie Cusick. Images by Kendal Noctor.
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