When I was a little girl, my mother and I took pottery classes at the famous Detroit landmark, Pewabic Pottery. My mom is very creative and tried to encourage an interest in the arts in both her children. Because I attended pottery classes, I have always appreciated the art of ceramics and know the amount of time it takes to produce a unique piece. Sometimes, you have a piece of clay exactly as you wish it to look and it is ruined in the firing process. Patience and tenacity are essential qualities for a successful sculptor, not just an artistic eye.
I was so pleased to run across the sculpture and ceramic designer, Dima from SCULPTUREinDESIGN, on Etsy. Dima’s pieces are each made by hand and his lovely personality shows through in his work, showcasing fantastic expression filled faces and reflections of important fixtures of Israel.
Handmade Chat with Dima, of SCULPTUREinDESIGN.
“My name is Dima. In 2013 I finished my studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem. Today I’m working as a sculptor and a ceramic designer from my studio in Tel Aviv. And I’m delighted to share with you some of my handmade ceramic creations.”
What inspires you to create?
“The combination of functional design and conceptual esthetic art in everyday objects. I really enjoy designing and making objects that are functional and yet, give space for thought.”
“Every item is made with care and love. I absolutely love the organic nature of ceramics and bringing the character out of the material. And I think it is necessary to alternate mass production world.”
Do you have a background in your craft or formal training?
“Yes, I am a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel (2009 – 2013, B.F.A., Faculty: Ceramics Design).”
What advice would you give to someone considering a handmade business?
” Just don’t be afraid to start! There are many people who started their business the same way, and they will be glad to help you with a ton of great advices in many, many Etsy forums.”
Who are some of your favorite Handmade artists?
“I love many great and creative Etsy artists. Some of them are: the illustrator Ashley Percival, who makes beautiful and vibrant modern styled illustrations; Photographer – Caryn Drexl, her surreal works are very impressive and inspiring; And I love so much Annapavlovna’s stuffed toys – every toy the girls do is so special and has its own character and living soul.”
What are your business goals for the coming year?
“I think, my main goal is to create my design and make my objects in such a way that will be understood by people from different social groups and different countries, and will inspire them.”
You may find SCULPTUREinDESIGN on Etsy and Facebook.