Interview: Kashalot Studio Concrete Objects (Ukraine)
MAY 8, 2019
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US HOW YOU STARTED PRODUCING OBJECTS MADE OF CONCRETE?
I had a showroom and I also did embroidery. At some point, I got tired of those things and I was not inspired by them anymore. Once, when I was browsing stuff on Instagram, I saw objects made of concrete by someone else. I liked them and decided to try to make my own.
FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION?
I am fuelled by works of other artists who produce concrete or ceramics. I am also inspired by nature, my husband, my cat, and my customers’ feedback.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
It is like baking. In order to not ruin the quality of the final piece, you need to strictly follow the guidance. Besides, I experiment a lot with shapes and gradients. Usually, I make several samples, then check the final result of the texture and the look. When I make pots, I plant succulents in them to see how it works. I sometimes freeze and unfreeze the samples to see how the material behaves.
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU,
FUNCTIONALITY OR AESTHETICS?
I can’t choose between the two. However, I can’t say that I am always successful in having them both. I think, in practice, I finish up with aesthetics.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETICS
OF YOUR WORK IN THREE WORDS?
Minimalism. Simplicity. Air
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE
YOU'VE WORKED ON RECENTLY?
Yes, it is a corrugated tray. We have not launched it yet though.
WHAT CREATIVE PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
I’d love to move my workspace to a bigger studio. Then, I am eager to start a new collection of terrazzo.
Note: Terrazzo is a composite material known since ancient times. It can be compared to marble as it consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, etc, bound with a liquid agent like porcelain, cement or polymer. Contemporary terrazzo pieces are manufactured by casting and compressing all ingredients, followed by polishing when the objects are completely dry.