make & do

canadian ceramics

make & do

canadian ceramics

Astrid Kruse

My ceramic practice is largely influenced by my physical environment and my quiet place in this environment. 

I work intuitively and take a fluid approach to altering and texturing the clay surface during the throwing process, to create movement through a rhythmic pattern. These markings identify my work. The natural muted colours are realized through the glazing and soda firing process, which adds the life and depth, I want to capture in this experience. Although I can technically direct the soda firing process to some extent, the spontaneity and dynamics of the flame and vapour movement work together to create a unique surface. Through this atmospheric firing process, landscapes emerge and come to life for me. 

I have a strong connection to Canada’s North, having been raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and now living in Whitehorse, Yukon.  My ceramic practice has taken me many places outside the North, including a professional year-long residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Where, I was introduced to soda firing. Every year following my residency, I make the journey back to Medalta to continue my exploration with clay and fire.