Liz de Beer
Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada





Klaywerk Studio, Liz de Beer


Artist Statement
As a potter, I have always been intrigued by natural products and processes. Growing up on a farm in Africa, I was surrounded by nature, an inspirational source of wonderful design elements, often reflected in African art which I dearly love. My passion for the medium of clay and my love for the process are evident in the work that I produce. Opening up the kiln door to discover the magic that took place through firing remains one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have.

Studio Description
Large rectangular space with 2 kilns, three wheels, a slab roller, extruder, carving tolls and many glazes. I also have a separate display area.

What type of clay do you use?
Mid Range

What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 6

What is your primary forming method?
Wheel work

What is your favorite surface treatment?

Do you make any of your own tools?

What one word would you use to describe your work?
Fusion (Africa/Canadian West Coast)

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
Peace and quiet

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
My Wheel

What are your top three studio wishes?
Time, time, and more time.

What’s on your current reading list?
Terra Sigillata

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Reclaiming clay

How do you recharge creatively?
Travel when I have time and money to afford it.

Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Reclaim your clay.

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Timely carving before the clay dries out!

What did your first piece look like?
It was a gravy bowl that turned out OK.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?

What area of skill do you most look to other artists to learn?
Surface treatments

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Judy Weeden (Canada)

What is on your studio playlist?
Soft Rock

Why do you create art?
It makes me happy and fulfilled.

Who is your favorite artist and what do you admire about that artist?
Amedeo Modigliani (Painter) - simplicity; and Antoni Gaudi (Architect) - creative genius.

What is your best studio tip?
Be patient.

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
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