Ruty Levy • Oak Park, CA
I was first introduced to clay in college and I was immediately drawn to it; its basic elemental nature, tactile qualities, and the processes involved with creation; I fire my work to about 2,300° then glazing (painting) and firing again around 1,800°. I soon realized the possibilities one can do with clay are endless. Each creation is ‘one of a kind’.
My work starts by having an idea - and I start to form and manipulate the wet clay which is a natural soil material containing clay minerals; simply put, mud. There is always a moment the clay will react to my hands, and not necessarily to my mind, and I am the executor. The clay will hint and suggest a direction - an expression or movement- like the expressive freedom of the body and soul, and I concede to the natural process, flowing with it.
My aim is to make forms that are ‘Functionally beautiful’; Some to use and some to enjoy.
The more my style refine, the more I notice my interests show through it; yoga, gardening, Social issues, love and relationship.