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Bob Acton Ceramics,
Calgary, AB Canada
Nature has always inspired my imagination. While growing up on the prairies I was drawn to nature spending many hours getting my hands dirty in the mud. My work strives to stir peoples’ imagination about humanity’s intimate connection with nature.
My studio is in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I use Western Canadian red stoneware clay, paperclay, porcelain slip, encaustic wax, and found objects to create my figurative sculptures.
What type of clay do you use?
Stoneware, paperclay & porcelain.
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Coloured slips covered with encaustic wax.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
Practically it would be the kiln but I love my slab roller and pugmill
What are your top three studio wishes?
A bigger kiln.
What’s on your current reading list?
Portrait Sculpting: Anatomy & Expressions in Clay.
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
I save all the leftover bits of clay from projects and I reuse them by recycling in my pugmill.
How do you recharge creatively?
A few things. I listen to podcasts about creativity and art. I get out in nature fishing and hiking. And, I love gardening.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Patience. I always need more patience.
What did you first piece look like?
A very thick, heavy, small bowl.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Cristina Cordova. She is able to create wonderful, complex work that stimulates the mind.
What is your studio playlist?
Varied music depending on my mood. Hard bop jazz, lounge electronic, SOCA, sultry vocal.
Why do you create art?
It completes me. While I have success in other areas of my life, art fulfills me and gives me the opportunity to inspire others.
What is your best studio tip?
Use good tools.