Here she shares her artistic journey and inspiration with us!
- How did you choose the lovely name for your Etsy Shop, Azulado?
My work in ceramics began with the restoration of antique Portuguese tiles, more specifically in the area of painting, my time was spent in a lot of blues experiences in order to find the color most identical to the original, then it’s the word that I probably more pronounced in a day's work. Bluish is its translation. When I created the store it was the first name I thought and so it remained.
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
Creating has always been part of my life. As a child I loved creating and building new stuff. I do not know what is being bored not knowing what to do since I always have new ideas and want to do new things, whether at home decorating, with my clothes, etc., etc. Love creating, building, anything that has to do with making by hand, painting, sewing, modeling...
I studied in art school and I specialize in restoration and preservation of old Portuguese tiles and earthenware. It was with the tiles that I embarked for ceramics. Pottery is a world ever since I continue to learn, to explore.
How I wish I had more time to do all the projects I have in the area of ceramics, with time I'll get there.
- When and how did you realize this was your real life path?
To pay for my studies, my first assignment was in office. At that point I knew I could not take a job where creativity was not present. I guess I was lucky, because my second job was in a museum school, that was when I started working with restoration and since then I never stopped.
- What are your main sources of inspiration?
All my work is based on the observation of simple and beautiful things that surround us, especially in nature. I always look at either the most basic forms or I simplify the most complex, I try to transpose the simple harmony of the flowers for the daily life with images attractive to all senses. Working with clay allows me to somehow paint in three dimensions, that is how I see my work in jewelry.
- How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
I think that life and art are intertwined, growing together, they adapt to one another. If we do not evolve, this does not provide us with new knowledge and experiences to our life, it stagnates, and the same goes with art. I make my living but life also makes me me, and this is reflected in what I create.
- You also do conservation and restoration work, can you tell us a little about it?
I do mainly restoration of tiles. In Portugal we have a great heritage in this area. Of course, like everything they need to be preserved. The weather (rain and heat), salinity and sometimes vandalism are the main causes of degradation of the tiles. What I do is deal with what can still be treated (clean up, consolidate, desalination, etc.) and rebuild what has been lost so you can return a reading of the drawing and leave it for future generations (requires much study, sometimes even with the help of art historians).
I have done several works in this area in Portugal and Brazil.
It is very interesting!
- How does your home country and in particular Portuguese art and your country’s well known ceramic tradition influence your work?
The Portuguese ceramics was my teacher :)
There are many influences, part of me, huh?
Of course I went for a rather different way, but many techniques, are a heritage from my country!
- Art is about light and color! What are your favourite colors?
Blue and orange without any doubt!
- Did you have a formal training in the arts or attend art courses?
I studied in art school a course that was called at the time of fire arts (ceramics and jewelry), then I majored in conservation and restoration.
- Do you have a studio or home studio? Where do you create your artwork?
I live on a small farm near Lisbon! I have a little studio at home, where I do all the work in ceramics and restoration. It is very good; I'm in full contact with nature.
Thank you dear Sandra for this really beautiful and inspiring interview, and for sharing your artistic journey and inspiration! We wish you lots of happiness and success in your life and with your art.
You can find Sandra's wonderful artwork in her Etsy shop Azulado. And you can get to know more about her work and her colorful world in her lovely blog.