Debra Sloan | Episode 90
Debra Sloan did a self-directed apprenticeship from 1973-79. Later she attended Vancouver Art School 1979-82. Debra has taught, adjudicated, and presented at many symposiums, most recently in Romania. Now she serves on arts Boards, is represented in 6 LARK publications, she exhibits nationally, internationally, attended 3 international residencies, and most recently at the Leach Pottery, UK. Debra works mainly as a figurative artist, but started as a potter.
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I think it is observing. Just observing as you go. Every day, all the time. Where you are walking, what you are doing. You are always looking and you are always evaluating. Whatever your eye rests on, if you go on long walks, the light. Combinations of colors, vistas, events, shapes, I am always visually evaluating everything around me. My house is filled with pottery and ceramics and paintings. I go to galleries a great deal, especially when I am travelling.
It is the only way I know how to go through my life and experience it as an observer artist. It is a way of experiencing your life and I can’t imagine any other way.
WHAT DISCOURAGES YOU ABOUT THE CERAMICS COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW?
Perhaps lack of technology will have an effect, but people pick up technology as they go. So they come out of art school and they don’t know what the hell they are doing, they can go teach themselves. You just have to work and then you are going to learn.You just have to work really, really hard.
I would love to go to Hungary and work with the special porcelain clay there that they use for their roofs. I would like to go there and use that clay and try and do this thing of roof figures that act like a narrative, that could actually be stretched across a roof and it would be a series of figures interacting.