Natkin, Andryea

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Andryea Natkin,
Chicago, Illinois



Artist Statement:
I create hand built, functional ceramics in small batches. The forms I make act much like a blank piece of paper where I draw designs, elements and patterns using sgraffito and incising.

Studio Description:
I work out of a small, bright home studio in Chicago.

What type of clay do you use?
Low fire earthenware and mid range porcelain.

What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 06 and cone 6; electric kiln.

What is your primary forming method?
Handbuilding with slabs, by pinching, coils and carving.

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Sgraffito, incising.

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
That I can work in it whenever I want…any time of the day and/or night.

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

What are your top three studio wishes?
More comfortable work chair and work table. I’d also like more work tables.

What’s on your current reading list?
Ceramics Monthly.

How do you recharge creatively?
I get outside. Walk. Bike ride. Bake. Garden. Spend time in nature. Lake Michigan.

Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Make yourself a damp box!

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
To doubt myself less and to become more confident in terms of construction and fabrication techniques. At some point I’d like to.

What did you first piece look like?
My first pieces were built with slabs and were very organic, unrefined and heavy. I still have a couple of the bowls I made.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
Confidence. I would like the knowledge that one acquires from years of education and practice. I am fairly new to ceramics and have a lot to learn.

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
I don’t have a mentor although I am inspired by many ceramic artists that I’m being introduced to.

What is your studio playlist?
Nature sounds, Billie Holiday, Classical music, Blues

Why do you create art?
That’s like asking why do I breathe? Art making feeds my soul. It makes me feel right. It’s my happy place. I don’t think about it, I just do it.

What is your best studio tip?
Just get in there. Even if you have nothing specific in mind. Being in the studio allows the creative juices to start flowing.

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing.


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