Carola Lorck

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Artist Statement:

I was born in Windhoek, Namibia in the early 70’s, grew up on a farm in the east of the country and enjoyed my schooling in Windhoek. After matriculation I completed a 3 year National Diploma in Clothing Production at the Cape Technikon in Cape Town. Although I really then wanted to stay in Cape Town my path took me to Swakopmund in early 1996. And this is where I met, fell in love, married my husband and have set up home with him and our two children.

My pottery career started in 2000 with a great teacher Sharon Flewellen, with whom I took weekly classes. After 5 years of attending classes I decided to set up my own home studio in order to have more time to spend with clay and I now have my own enjoyable space where I can experiment freely. Working with clay, relaxes and calms me down after a stressful and hectic day dealing with my children and business.

During the past 9 years of my clay experience, I have taken part in various exhibitions organized by PAN. These events always challenge me to make something new and different. I won a merit award in the “Handwork” category at the 3rd Bank Windhoek Arts Festival / P.A.N. National Ceramics Biennale 2006. In order to further my pottery skills and knowledge I try to participate in all the workshops offered by PAN. This gives me the opportunity to share the clay excitement with fellow ceramicists, to get to know other clay people and have fun. In March 2007 I took part in a workshop presented by the Keramikgruppe Höhr-Grenzhausen, in Koblenz, Germany. This was a great weekend and I would love to do it again.

Pottery calms me down and totally relaxes me; I enjoy creating something that other people find interesting and would like to own. Although it is in my nature to do things quickly, this medium has taught me that nothing is done quickly in clay and that one has to be patient in order to strive for the perfect pot. I enjoy the peace of working away on my own in my studio and then again I also enjoy sharing this space, being creative together with fellow potters. Clay is the best medicine for the soul.

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