MEET THE ARTIST
“In constant artistic evolution, ceramics is a real field of experimentation which is reflected through my different collections. Each of my pieces is unique, and I hope that their authenticity will touch you as much as the clay has touched me.”
Claudia Fagotti tells us how a "simple introductory course on the potter's wheel" sparked the crush that would give birth to ATELIER MIRA three years later, in 2022.
Tell us your story, how did your vocation come to you?
Like many, a simple introductory course on the potter's wheel almost 3 years ago and I instantly fell in love! I tried to join a workshop in Paris but they were all full or did not fit with my working hours... A year later I met a ceramist who welcomed me for several weeks in her workshop and introduced me to modeling and glazing. This meeting convinced me of the idea of making my career of it. I then moved to Lyon and completed two throwing workshops in a studio, becoming a member right after! Since then, I have launched my brand, my collections, participated in my first craft market, and opened my online store!
How would you describe your style, your artistic approach in a few words?
I really like trying new creative and decorating techniques. I started with a collection of decorative objects (soliflores), the second is entirely made up of tableware and the next one will be very different again! I love constantly renewing myself.
What are the themes or subjects that inspire you the most in your work?
Mainly my travel memories, either by a landscape or by the colors of the country. But I also really like sobriety and minimalism, my collections are a mix of very colorful pieces and others that are much more refined.
How do you work?
My work is divided between a workshop in the heart of Lyon where I have access to all the necessary quality equipment that I share with other ceramists and my apartment where a room is dedicated to my activity, I have my own potter's wheel at home which is very convenient for working quietly. I only work with stoneware and the majority of my pieces are turned on a potter's wheel, decorated and enameled by hand.
Do you have a particular technique, a particular know-how? Without revealing all your secrets, have you developed your own methods and techniques?
I increasingly like to mix turning and modeling for pieces, this allows me to use different techniques for each piece.
Tell us about your daily life, your constraints, your joys, your successes…
My days are divided between working the clay, and the digital part which should not be neglected, social medias and the website are also part of my daily life. But I try to always save a little time for pure creativity, not just to produce but also to continue developing my creativity and free my mind from constraints such as inventory, failed pieces that came out of the kiln after spending several hours on them... Ceramics is a very lengthy process; each piece is fired twice, and you never really know what will come out of the kiln, which can be a bit frustrating and sometimes fascinating!
A message to convey, anything else you would like to share?
Don't hesitate to try ceramics because it's a very relaxing, almost meditative activity that I recommend everyone to try! But above all, continue to support the artisans who work hard to offer you authentic products :)