Cara Kennedy

I work with natural forms and textures, creating handcrafted ceramics that are individually unique

Q&A

What craft do you work with? 

I’ve been working in clay for almost 4 years, having discovered ceramics through an evening class during my final year at the Glasgow School of Art. During my time at art school, I always felt quite disillusioned by the conceptual art I was surrounded by and struggled to place myself as a maker. From the moment I made my first lop-sided clay pot, I knew I’d found a material I connected with. I found the process of throwing pottery unexpectedly therapeutic, almost like a meditation or mindfulness practice.

What inspires you to work with this craft? 

I find the process of throwing pottery extremely therapeutic, almost like a meditation or mindfulness practice. I find myself fully immersed in the creative process, guided by the unpredictability of the clay. This inspires me to practice, research and develop my skills. I work almost exclusively in clay and its unique qualities and endless possibilities keeps it really interesting to me.

How do you start your creative process?

I work intuitively and develop my work through material explorations and connecting with my environment. I use sketchbooks to explore new ideas but don’t tend to have a final outcome in mind when creating a new body of work. The most enjoyable part for me is unloading the kiln – I love the unpredictability of firings and testing new glazes. Kiln firings can also be the worst part of the process when it goes wrong, but it’s all part of the fun!

How would you best describe your workspace and what tools could you not do without?

I use minimal tools and only my hands where possible. I enjoy maintaining a slow-paced, tactile process where I feel connected to my material.

Are there new techniques you would like to try?

I would love to try alternative firings such as wood and soda firing.

What professional dream do you have?

In the future, I hope to expand my business and set up an open-access Community Hub providing creative opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Media & Contact

Representation

Freelance, Cara Kennedy Ceramics

 

References

Website: carakennedyceramics.com

Facebook: carakennedyceramics

Instagram: carakennedy.ceramics

 

Photography Credits

Chris Scott Photography

Location

Scotland

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