Arts & Technique at EKWC

Arts & Technique at EKWC

Q: How did you and EKWC meet?
In order to develop my carreer as an artist I have always looked for opportunities in my country and abroad. I had never been Artist-in-Residence before and therefore I looked for a place where to create artworks and gain knowledge and experience at the same time. I have worked with ceramics in Bulgaria and I was curious to see how this technique is differently used in another country from what I have seen. So that is how I found EKWC.

Q: Can you tell me something about your project?
When I first came here I had some ideas but they were mostly about the shape of the work and not so much about the technique and materials. So far, I knew only about the existence of two types of clay and little about glazing. I didn’t know that the clay can be coloured or mixed with other clays or pigments, neither how important the different temperature of ceramic firing is. I decided to discover the possibilities that clay as a material can offer. My project at EKWC developed into an extensive research about clay and the many different variations in size, shape, colour that can be made out of it.

Q: What can you say about the encounters between art and technique?
A: Both are very much related. As an artist I have to say that whatever project is to be made it is mandatory to research beforehand on the materials and techniques. Creativity in both art and the development and expertise of techniques is of high importance in order to achieve success, I believe.

Q: How have you experienced this at EKWC?
EKWC is the best and fully equipped place for ceramics and Cad/Cam (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) I’ve seen and one can do miracles in those techniques here. The only thing one would need are ideas and creativity. Also the centre keeps up-to-date to all the new technologies and sources for ceramics and even hosts a ceramic researcher, which tells a lot.

Q: How did your artistic research merge with the technical aspects?
In my project I divided my time in experimenting with mixing clays and pigments on one hand and experimenting with shapes which can be made out of this clay on the other. Both occupations fascinated me a lot.

Q: Will EKWC and you see each other again?
A: I’d love to and I do hope so

The project Tina Zlatina worked on at EKWC was realized within M4M as part of Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes

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