SILVIA K CERAMICS
Coming from Slovakia, a country of incredible cultural heritage, Silvia Kamodyova has always had a passion and respect for crafts. She believes that heritage is a vital element of our cultural and social history. Silvia has a particular interest in folkloristic traditions and works in a thoughtful way to produce work that shows an aesthetic sensibility and reflects her interests.
Silvia arrived to England in 1999 to improve her English; fell in love with Brighton and never managed to leave.
She studied at the University of Brighton (2009-2012), MDes 3D Materials Practice specialising in ceramics and visual research, achieving Distinction. During her final year Silvia was awarded an Erasmus Grant towards her placement in Southern Italy, Centola, where she worked for three months for a small pottery Smith di Centola. Silvia has also interned for Jo Davda.
Silvia K Ceramics was set up in 2012.
In 2013 Silvia was awarded Creazioni Giovani prize and exhibited at Macef in Milan with Artex, the Centre for Artistic and Traditional Craftsmanship in Tuscany. The same year she won the One Year On New Designers Award.
Silvia works from her studio in Brighton, East Sussex, UK.
The inspiration behind my collection is my heritage. I’ve moved away from my country Slovakia in 1999 and on my visits I’m not interested in the new, instead, I find fascination within the old relics that transport to a different time and place.
I spend a lot of time watching old films about folklore, reading books, or searching for photographs in the Slovak Ethnographical Digital Archives, looking for peasant artifacts.
I am captivated by simple beauty of agrarian vessels used mainly for gathering and storing harvest; large herdsmen buckets, wicker baskets, or small forest fruit pickers.
Observation and playful approach to making results in sincere forms combined with spontaneous mark making. I use coloured slip of selected palette which derives from colours predominantly seen on peasant ceramic vessels.
Works are glazed with transparent glaze; undersurfaces are left unglazed, polished and treated with natural bees wax.
Distinctive element of my ceramics are the leather handle made from a naturally tanned leather. These are attached by rivets or stitched on by yarn. To avoid monotony in my studio I enjoy using various making techniques; press moulding, throwing and slip casting.