Interview: Natalia Nechaitchik Ceramics (Belarus)
MAY 17, 2019
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Natasha, I live in Belarus.
WHY DID YOU START WORKING WITH CERAMICS AND HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
I delved into the world of ceramics when I was still working as an architect. I was intuitively drawn to it. One day, I went to a local ceramic festival, tried to sculpt with clay there, and immediately fell in love with the process. I guess, my appeal to all things handmade can be traced back to my childhood. When I was a kid, I could spend days sitting next to a well at my grandma’s village shaping my tiny sculptures, totally lost in my inner world.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
The process... I need first to beat the clay thoroughly… Then something pops up in my mind... Some ideas. The desire to try a new technique. Some non-accidental meetings give birth to a new piece. And then I follow the path offered by the material. The process is often more important than the result.
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU, FUNCTIONALITY OR AESTHETICS?
Aesthetics, I think. I often forget about the function. I chase and want to capture something transitory, impermanent. Especially the color.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETICS
OF YOUR WORK IN THREE WORDS?
Natural. Moving. And sensitive.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE YOU'VE WORKED ON RECENTLY?
I am a big sceptic in relation to my work. I still treat every piece I have created as if it were my child. I love round vases with textural and non-glazed surfaces. I make them with local clay. This material is very tactile, and I enjoy the roundness of these vases.
WHAT CREATIVE PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
Looking for the live pulsation! Accumulate skills, perceive the material, and always keep a grain of amateur in myself!