purity of forms
purity of forms

The light is the most important for her during the process. Only through it, she is able to inhale tenderness and lightness into her objects. With Aneta we talk about getting inspired by architecture and minimalism but also how easy it is to get messy during the making.

Aneta Kurta

What brought you to ceramics? Why is the material fascinating to you?

Firstly, I would like to say that I do not necessary compare my work to ceramics making. In the way I see it, making ceramics is mostly about working with clay that later gets fired. My work is very different from this. I liked hand made work since I was young – embroidery, crocheting, bobbin lace work and sewing. I love it as it is extremely relaxing to me. I also enjoy the fact that the results are visible almost immediately. A person can see the mistakes they are making right during this process, which makes them improve and constantly move forward. As a material, clay truly fascinates me in every of its characteristics.

Aneta Kurta_portrait

Your objects are defined by clean lines, variations of geometrical shapes and neutral and pastel colours… What influences and inspires you in your work?

I really like architecture in itself – especially its diversity, which also inspires me in my work. Mostly the facades of houses and their colors, which can also be seen in my work. I also have to be able to imagine the pieces I make placed in my house somewhere.

The first impulse for me was creating a table I loved and wanted to own – I knew what I wanted but had no idea how to get to it. Since I have not studied in any technical direction that would involve working with material the beginnings were difficult. Though, it may have been this difficulty that made me start intensely seeing shapes and structures of the things around me. I also see a positive in the fact that I was not limited by material theory and therefore started using techniques that were supposed to be conflicting. The beginnings were truly full of experimenting – for example, with the already mentioned table, I combined working with hydraulic pipes and a baking form.


Aneta Kurta process

What is important to you in the creation of your work?

Firstly, every piece I create has to be according to my liking. Additionally, I need to be able to imagine the final product in my own space, as I already mentioned before. I like minimalism and timelessness that are in symbiosis with the current age we live in.

Aneta Kurta table

What is important to you about the space you work in? How does it affect you?

I have to feel good in my own space – daylight is essential for me as it is also crucial in the creation of my art objects. My atelier is a space where I like to go, play some music and not know about the outside world or how time passes – I sometimes feel “non-feminine” because I am dirty, covered in dust, I have tape on my clothes and a drill in my hand…  Regardless of this, the atelier is a space where I am filled with a sense of purpose and I feel charged with energy.

What is your view on craftsmanship and the way it is shifting in the present?

I feel like the importance of craft disappeared and has been replaced by an enormous import of  economically available products. We always had a rich craftsmanship history, but cheap foreign products quickly suppressed the demand for locally made products. The result of this is a world with many unnecessary work positions – we barely picture a plumber or an electrician under the definition of the word “craftsman”. I honestly wish for this trend to go away…

I myself studied economy and mass media communication. After finishing my studies I knew that I wanted to do something different – something visible and touchable but at the same time creative that would fulfil me. In the beginning I worked with textile and fabrics but later wanted to try something different. I shifted my focus on a different material and form of product. Working with textile is influenced by trends in fashion, but I have complete freedom in my current craft – this is why I think I will stick to it for some time. But I also think I will work in various crafts and with other materials in the future.

Photos: Aneta Kurtová
Translated by Verona Majerníková

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