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Meet Amanda Hummes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Hummes.

Hi Amanda, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Hi, my name is Amanda Hummes, I have 30 years old and I’m from Brazil.

I have a chocolate labrador called Billie (Holiday), who brightens my days.

I started to work with clay in 2016 in Brazil when I was doing my bachelor’s degree for visual arts. I really loved the feeling of touching the clay. The organic raw material that talks to you while handling it. It can be malleable and at the same time, it can be rigid if you don’t understand what it tells you. Though, in fact, I believe that all of us have had an experience with clay, at some level – even without realizing.

I moved to California with my husband, who is a musician, in 2017. Right at the beginning, I looked for all the ceramic studios in the LA area. I enrolled in some wheel classes, but I confess that I was not very successful. So I decided to study on my own. I bought several ceramic books to learn how to use the different tools and techniques. Since then, I have developed my way of working. I keep studying this craft every day, including on the wheel.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a peaceful path. However, I recognize my privileges and have nothing to complain about. But I believe that for everyone who does not live in their country of origin, it is always a little more difficult in the beginning. First for the language and second for not knowing many people.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Most of the pieces are did using two different techniques: coil and slab. Each one has your different ways. The slab generally I used to make some utilitarian pieces or with geometrics’ aesthetics. But when I use the method of coil technique, I feel that by utilizing this approach, I have a better connection with the material since I spend hours handling one single piece. However, my creative process is very intuitive. Sometimes I make a lot of drawings thinking about all the further possibilities I can explore at work. It’s all about bringing the idea to the studio and letting it flow while touching the clay. I try to hear what the clay has to say.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Some books: • Finding one’s way with clay / Berensohn • The art & craft of ceramics / Maria Dolors Ros i Frigola • Arte da Cerâmica no Brasil / P.M. Bardi • Guía de esmaltes cerámicos recetas / Linda Bloomfield • If These pots could talk / Ivor Noël Hume • A History of the world in 100 objects / Neil MacGregor • For Hearth and altar / African ceramics from Keith Achepohl collection

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Second photo: Nemuel de Paula

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