Text Box: Mirta Vargas

I started doing pottery fifteen years ago.  During my Psychology studies in Germany, I attended pottery courses at the University, and at the Adult Education Centre (“Volkshochschule”), where we mainly used earthenware.

My work has been inspired by Nature and different artists, such as Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, and the native heritage of my region in Northern Chile.

In the last years I started to work with stoneware. I have been experimenting with new techniques, such as coloured slips to decorate pots. In addition to slips, I use oxides, which emphasize the shape of pots and sculptures.

My pots are hand built (coiled and carved).  I combine plain and rough surfaces in order to achieve different visual and tactile effects. Sizes vary depending on the shape and decorative pattern. I love to produce miniature pots, small enough to hold in the hand. I like clay because it allows making pots of different size, shape, colour and functionality.

The series I present here has been developed during the last year, influenced by the desert and pre-Columbian pottery, such as the native art of the Atacama region in Northern Chile.

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