Blayse Ceramics

Riccardo Colombo | Berlin & Milan

„I felt the need to do a craftsman‘s job and get my „hands dirty“ with manual labor.“

When I enrolled in my first evening pottery class
at the Volkshochschule, I was immediately struck!

My mind started to chill and release creative energy and I realized, that this was the challenge for me. Soon one course per week was no longer enough and I started taking courses twice a week and on weekends.
Whenever I had free time, I used to dedicate it to pottery.

I took the big step in 2019, after attending an intensive course in a ceramics school in Italy:
I quit my job and joined „Clayground“, a co-working studio in Friedrichshain.
From that moment on I became a professional potter and in 2020 I opened my own
online shop.

The realization of even a single bowl requires several production steps, in each of which you will encounter different obstacles: From throwing, to correct drying time,
to the precise application of the glaze and the firing process.

Working with clay means being ready to deal with failures and obstacles.
How to deal with that?
Well… at the beginning it is very common to have failures, so you have to try to understand in which step the mistake was made and learn from it. Without brooding and despairing too much, wedge some clay and start again!

Sometimes, even though you did everything right, the result may still not reflect how you pictured it.

But when it does…what a great joy it is, to have done by hand from start to finish what was only in your mind!

By the beginning of 2021 I moved into my own studio, where I can take the quality of my work to a higher level.
This is a long process that requires patience and perseverance.

There is nothing more inspiring to me than a simple bowl or plate enhanced by small details, texture or unique glazes.
Who is my inspiration?
I do mostly tableware, so I am inspired by those artists who can make functional and elegant works.

I do not have artistic ambitions, but I want people to see my works and say: „I can‘t wait to set the table and eat some pasta on that plate!“


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