Photo courtesy of Alex Deme

How do you describe your art?
I would describe my work as putting function first. Since I work in clay, I have the advantage of making something someone may use every day, multiple times a day, if I do my job right. I like the idea of making a tangible, utilitarian item that people choose because it fits into their life.
 
How long have you been making it?
About six years.
 
Everyone always wants to know this: where do you get your ideas?
Since I make functional items, I try to consider what will make people want to use my piece. In the human body, I look for inspiration in the hand and the mouth (two parts of the human body that are in contact with most of my pieces) in how I choose my shapes, and how I may finish the lip of a mug so that they are comfortable. In my textures, I look to anything that strikes my interest. Tree bark, bolts, mud drying and cracking in the sun are a few examples.
 
How do you know you are on the right track with a new work?
If I enjoy making it, it is usually a good sign. I have found that making work that lets me experiment and play around usually yields better results in sales than if I try to follow a trend I have no connection or real interest with.
 
What do you do to encourage your own creativity?
Go for walks and/or listen to music by myself. After doing this, I will go into the studio with no real plan of attack and just create. There are often mistakes, which are frustrating, but you learn from them and figure out what needs to be worked on and maybe thought out.
 
What is your artistic motto? Or what do you tell yourself when the going gets tough?
“It’s only clay.” Also, I am only twenty-three. I have time to grow and learn.
 
Give us one final word to describe what you hope people get from your work:
Comfort.
 

Photo courtesy of Alex Deme

Photo courtesy of Alex Deme

Alex Deme is a potter from Minneapolis, MN, and a recent graduate of BSU with a degree in visual arts. You can purchase his work from his shop on Etsy or from Fired Up Studios in Minneapolis. Also, stay up to date with his current work and happenings at ademeclayburner.tumblr.com/.