Stefanie Burdick Ceramics
Alfred Station, New York
I wish to convey a sense of breadth and volume in my work that is there from the moment of conception. A frozen moment in time. My work is extremely figurative and animated in its language, and I am after that movement. When you take the work home I want you to feel a direct relationship with the work, as if it is holding its breath and cannot wait to tell you something.
What type of clay do you use?
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
Wheel thrown and altered
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Stamping, slip decoration, and transfers
Do you make any of your own tools?
Yes, expired credit cards are the bomb.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
It is a quiet space for just me.
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
More space, more time, more energy.
What’s on your current reading list?
Just finished 1984.
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Buy in larger quantities to get price breaks, reclaim.
How do you recharge creatively?
Looking at images that interest me and influence my work, nature, sketching, and the day to day with my family is a wonderful recharge in my life.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
I am the opposite of efficient.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
All forms are new forms and every time you start is a new beginning. I took an extensive time off from making and it has been a challenge to come back to it.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
What area of skill do you most look to other artists to learn?
I love the way other artists completely process the same wonderful material differently. I love to be open to new approaches to everything.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Val Cushing. Always had a kind word and believed in me.
What is your studio playlist?
I listen to audiobooks, disco/funk, gospel, 70s, Jazz. My musical playlists and tastes are all over the place.
Why do you create art?
It seems as though it is what my fingers want to do. It is like they are looking for an expression of something I have in my mind and heart to get out.
Who is your favorite artist and what do you admire about that artist?
All of them.
What is your best studio tip?
Just go there.
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
It would not crack.