Achieving harmony in the irregular by Enriqueta Cepeda

I work with my hands and with very simple tools because I want to have contact with the clay. Feel the clay with my fingertips. This was the way ceramics have been made for thousands of years. My design language is based on classical, timeless sculptural forms.

I have been inspired by different ancient cultures and found my own expressions. Pueblo Indians who burnish their pots and polish after firing. The Japanese aesthetics with the concept of Wabi Sabi; to take care of the opportunities and strive for asymmetry and simplicity.

I’m inspired by the non-symmetrical forms of nature. I build my ceramics by hand, letting the shapes to grow slowly. Throwing or casting do not interest me, they are working methods more to produce similar products and to produce larger quantities. I work with the natural color of the clay and its own properties and I do not use glazes, but I work with the surfaces in different ways: Smoothing some parts with a stone to create a shiny surface, polishing with beeswax after firing and  scrape through the surface of the clay to reveal the chamotte in the clay.

There is always an irregularity in my ceramics that give tension and life in the shape. I do not strive to achieve perfection, but instead, to achieve harmony in the irregular. I like to get a relatively heavy vessel to be experienced as graceful and easy.

It is time to appreciate craftsmanship, slow creation, rather than all mass production and consumption.


Interview with Enriqueta Cepeda.

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