Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Zanzinger.
Alex, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I became drawn to ceramics as a young adult, studying the art in college as an elective interest but never branching out to explore my own practice until only a few years ago. As a ceramicist, I focus on hand building, which brings an organic nature to each piece, creating its own likeness even when building the same form again and again. I appreciate the impressions of my hands on the clay, the imperfections that arise which enhance each form. My process is very intuitive, creating shapes as I go along through the meditative practice of using my hands to guide the form and allow it to actualize. I draw inspiration mainly from nature, the sea and movement in the human body, trying to capture the qualities particular to each element.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My main struggle has been letting my insecurities surrounding my own creativity be at the forefront of my mind. It often stops me from exploring new forms or halts my practice for little blips at a time. I often get caught up in letting my insecurities inform what I create, for example emulating certain styles that I ultimately don’t feel connected to. I’m learning to move through these self-doubts and try to allow myself to play more, to find joy through experimentation and expanding my own style as I go.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My main focus has been creating vessels, both functional and sculptural, able to house flowers or stand alone as an object. Recently I’ve started integrating my reiki practice to my work to create intentional forms that raise the energetic vibrations of the vessel themselves and the surrounding space it lives in.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I feel like I had a dual personality where I would be very shy and introverted at school and more silly, loud and playful with friends and family — the people I felt most comfortable with. My father’s a photographer so I was always drawn to art, photography and drawing specifically, but I also really loved sports and tended to do split my time between the two. Ultimately I felt more connected to art and distinctly remember making the decision to stop sports altogether in order to pursue my creativity, using it as an outlet to express the inner workings of my brain, my thoughts and emotions.
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