Andrew Collins 07 IL
From movements in my painting and sculptural practice I became interested in pottery traditions. I began to experiment. With no knowledge of ceramics and the methods of their creation I decided to start at the beginning, making earthenware pit fired ceramic vessels based on various African tribal techniques. I have begun to develop my own methods and techniques in hand building, glazing and firing. I wish to show a condensed result of this process of learning, research, experimentation and development.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
I have come to realize that the things that inspire me most in my studio practice are the things and experiences that surround me on a regular basis. These become the building blocks that inspire my research and experimentation into materials and methods of making. Currently I am surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape made of ancient rocks, coastline and forest that was home to a rich neolithic history. These elements have made a significant impact on how I make things.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
In that every experience leads to the next my time at RISD was invaluable to my growth as an artist and how I approach the world around me. RISD provided the groundwork into adopting different non linear ways of looking at the world and an openness to the creative practice that I employ.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
I have been experimenting with a mixture of primitive pit firing and hand-building techniques from various cultures across the globe in the creation of my ceramic work. These are the pieces that I will be sharing at RISD Craft.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
I will be having my first solo exhibition in Ireland at the Doswell Gallery in the coming months, I am very excited about pulling together my various bodies of work into a cohesive exhibition of my varied studio practice.
To see more of Andrew's work, visit fead.ie