Ceramic artist, Claire Waters works from an airy studio on the outskirts of city Johannesburg. And mostly in clay. In 2013, she left graphic design to pursue her true passion for visual art.
The graphic influence led her to experiment with image and print on clay. She prefers the natural clay colours of white, black and terracotta. And often includes cloth, dung and other inclusions to achieve
various textures and shapes. Ancient and tribal art and ornaments, inspire and influence the narrative and creation of her sculptural vessels and art.
As does her commitment to the natural environment. She hopes to communicate in her work that, for its survival, a sense of curiosity and inspiration to observe and consider the life around us – and our place in time, is vital.
Claire won the Premier Award (Gauteng Regional Ceramics Exhibition) in 2013 for her work with dung in her ceramic vessels. Since 2013 she’s exhibited in the Ceramics SA Regional and National Exhibitions/Biennials. In 2017, she received a Highly Commended Award for her print work on her pieces. Claire also participated in various group art and ceramic exhibitions – including themed and annual exhibitions at Twilsharp Studios – where her current studio is based.
Says Claire, “The role of making (in this case, ceramics), is a sequence of actions, that set in-motion a curiosity to go beyond, what is already known. In a non-verbal language. – This extends our abilities to communicate with each other, across cultures, time and space.