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Ceramics Monthly: What role(s) do you think makers play within our current culture? How do you think you contribute
Horacio Casillas: We are a value to society; we bridge the gap between race, language, and culture. I believe that being a maker means more than just the tangible things we create; it is written in our hearts as artists to be the protectors and defenders of beauty. In a world where form follows function, I hope that I’m contributing to our culture by cultivating an appreciation for the ornate.
CM: What role does color play in your work?
HC: Color is tricky, none of us can do it better than when it occurs in nature, even when trying to simulate the rainbow. I’m using color to reference stained-glass windows.
CM: What do you do to push yourself to stay engaged and develop new forms?
HC: Being surrounded by other artists helps a lot; we talk through ideas and ask each other for advice. And as much as social media frustrates me, it is a great resource for inspiration. I’d say most of my inspiration comes from visiting churches and old historical buildings, as well as looking at furniture and pretty much anything made of wood.