Heather Ahn is another amazing creative that I had the opportunity to sit down with. She paints, works with ceramics and does furniture making. Her joy is infectious and it definitely comes though in her work.
She is an emerging artist whose work will be showcased at The Artist Project TO, Contemporary art Fair Feb 23-26th, 2017. Be sure to check her out at Booth # U13.
How long have you been working with ceramics?
I’m a self thought ceramic artist and I’ve been working with ceramics for the past 3 years. I actually graduated from Sheridan collage majoring in furniture design in 2010. Since the graduation I’ve been working as a full time artist but for the past 3 years. I’ve been working as a full time painter/ ceramic artist/ furniture maker
I enjoy working as full time artist because I can fully commit my time to producing work. I would not be able to do that if I had a different full time job and was doing art on the side because you will be pulled in a million directions and sometimes you can lose focus.
How would you describe your style of work?
Every thing I do in inspired by nature, animal cruelty, human violence and vulnerable life on earth. For example, things like pet trade, fur trade. At the end of the day I want to do something good for them (animals and vulnerable life on earth).
I had a little sister that passed away 8 years ago and ever since then I’ve been very heartbroken. Every time I see people being so cruel towards animals or animals suffering from the effects of global warming the memory of my little sister comes back and it breaks my heart. So I use my art as a way of changing people view about animals and vulnerable life. So this is my way of giving back and showing that someone cares. I want people to see my work and it changes their point of view of animal cruelty.
How have you grown and developed as an artist?
Since I starting working as a fulltime artist I’ve been focused on exhibiting my work (both paintings and ceramics) at galleries and getting more exposure for work by putting my pieces out there. At this emerging artist stage that I am in its all about getting exposure. I’ve been participating in different exhibitions and art battles and live painting competitions. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to get exposure because there’s no manual for becoming a successful artist and its about getting your work in front of the right people to get awards, grants and residency.
What does you creative process look like?
Everything is in my head so first I usually do a sketch then I start molding the piece and bringing it to life. I use white clay which is fairly close to porcelain, which is very delicate. When you are working with clay once you build your piece you have to let it dry then you do the first fire, which is called bisque firing. After that step the piece becomes like a canvas for me because its white and 3D piece that you glaze and paint how ever you want. Its like painting in 3D which is pretty cool.
What motivates you to keep being creative?
Being creative has always come naturally to me ever since I was little I would always be drawing or painting. Its something I just love doing so I do it.
What are some challenges you have faced and what advice would you give?
Personally I find it challenging when you have to do all the write up associated with applying for grants or awards. I would advise anyone who is like me to seek help form your friends and family. If there is someone like me and they are not a writer at all find someone who can help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Fortunately for me I have a friend that helps me with all the write-ups that I have to do and that helps me a lot. I am very grateful for this person.
Tell me about one of your pieces
This Piece was done for the Oakville art society exhibition. The theme this year was to celebrate 150 yrs of Canada. So every flower and animal that I use symbolizes a Canadian territory or province.
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