My contact with ceramics started early in my boyhood with earth ware ceramics. From what I remember what attracted me most was the kiln fire, in those times people would still use wood. Later, almost all potters changed to gas kiln.
I think it was the yearly repetition of the same formats and very similar ideas/ themes by all the potters in that region that never engaged me into earthware.
I have always been concerned with the idea of handmade object.
Arts as elitist and inaccessible to the general public has always pushed me to make work that is both aesthetically and utilitarian. On that concern I discovered Japanese and Korean potters. What first stroked me was the aesthetic of the ceramic piece but above all, the daily use of that piece. They always aspire to join art and function. It was something quite different from what I was used to know from my potter friends.