About Camilla Ascher
Camilla Ascher received her BFA in Art Education in 2012, and a Certificate in Ceramics in 2013 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After earning her degree she completed a one-year internship at Baltimore Clayworks. She has completed artist residencies in Taiwan and Massachusetts. Additionally she has attended and assisted workshops at Penland School of Craft, Watershed, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Camilla is currently the Artist in Residence and ceramic studio manager at Chesapeake Art Center.
My work consists of functional pottery, and my intention is to create aesthetically satisfying and well-designed utilitarian wares. The intimacy of functional pottery comes from its interactive nature. I love creating artwork that people can interact with and enjoy.
My work is primarily thrown on the wheel but includes hand-built elements. The complementary relationship between surface and form is important in influencing my surface design decisions. I choose forms that fulfill their intended use but also create a canvas for pattern.
Glazing gives me a great deal of pleasure and is critical to my surface patterns. I leave an area of exposed clay; the tactile contrast between surfaces of the rougher bare clay and the smooth glazed surface brings an additional layer of sensory awareness of the pot to the user. My goal is to create an experience of contentment for the user while creating functional objects that radiate confidence.