Having grown up on the west coast of BC, Ayal’s pottery is influenced by her love for the rainy landscape of her childhood and the desire to share beauty with those around her. Raised by parents who loved art and encouraged creativity, she spent much of her childhood and adolescence making art in many different mediums. Ayal has always loved and appreciated handmade pots and, in 2018, when she first learned how to throw, she was immediately hooked. The desire to integrate art into everyday life has led to Ayal primarily creating functional pieces for the home. Her goal is for her pots to bring thoughtfulness and beauty into your daily routine.
“The act of creating has been an integral part of my identity since childhood. I have always expressed myself best through art; whether filling pages with sketches and paintings, sewing clothes tailored to my specific style, or cooking for family and friends. What interests me most with ceramics is the ability to create unique and dynamic pieces of art that are used in the most mundane acts of our daily lives. It makes a celebration of the ordinary. A meal served in pots that have been crafted with care adds thoughtfulness and beauty to the experience, which industrially manufactured pots cannot. My functional work uses simple shapes decorated with care to create moments of beauty in the day-to-day.
Growing up on the west coast of BC allowed me to wander through forests, hike mountains, and explore the rocky coastline of the Pacific. I spent countless hours as a child running amuck with my siblings, barefoot and grubby, or wandering on my own collecting rocks, shells, and plants. Clay is a wonderfully simple, yet complex material that allows me to tap into this youthful wonder and connection to the earth. Childhood leaf collections become intricately carved patterns wrapping around teapots. Alpine meadows and distant mountains are captured on mugs with runny, textured glazes. My decorated work captures my fascination with both the intricacies and grandeur of the places I love while exposing the earthy beauty of the clay itself.
For me pottery has become, in essence, a process; a never-ending journey of refinement and exploration. It requires intention to create effective, meaningful work. As an artist, I am constantly looking for ways in which to grow in my practice and to create pieces that reflect the beauty that I am drawn to.”
Photos by David Gluns