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Helayne Friedland Designs
Yonkers, New York
My work combines textures and silkscreened imagery to provide glimpses into my everyday surroundings. Each piece begins with photographs and sketches, utilizes wheel and hand-building techniques, and currently focuses on raku firing.
I believe that art can and should be an integral part of our everyday lives. Handmade ceramics or silkscreen print, my artwork is intended to bring a little joy into the lives of those who see or use them.
What type of clay do you use?
What temperature do you fire to?
Raku firing or cone 6 (sometimes woodfire too)
What is your primary forming method?
Wheel and hand-building
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Lots of texture and silkscreened images
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
It’s right in the other room.
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
More space, more space, and my own kiln.
What’s on your current reading list?
Game of Thrones and Hillary Clinton’s new book
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
How do you recharge creatively?
Yoga, reading, taking a workshop or class.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Keep the clutter to a minimum and throw out what you don’t need.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Carving out more studio time.
What did you first piece look like?
A blue bowl with a somewhat heavy bottom.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
The ability to glaze pieces automatically.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Matt Nolan—he was my teacher for many years.
Why do you create art?
It’s just who I am.
What is your best studio tip?
Keep it clean, stay focused, and make the most of those “happy accidents.”