Let's Talk: John Newdigate

Not so long ago, I featured the work of ceramists John Newdigate. Well today we get to learn a little more about John as well as check out some of his new pieces...

What are the first five words that come to mind when you think about Africa?
Warmth, Colour, Vastness, Agelessness, Exploitation (All of the above: metaphorically and literally...)
What is one of your favorite memories from time spent in Africa or around other Africans abroad?
A childhood spent in a quaint fishing village, an enclave of tolerance and acceptance, called Kalk Bay. Time spent as a boy going out to sea on the old wooden fishing boats.
If you could go to one place on the continent right now, where would it be and why?
Ghana - to meet the people who spin, dye and weave the fabrics that I admire so much.
How did you first get interested in ceramics, and what made you decide to pursue this as a career?
As a child, a family friend - an exceptional woman - allowed me access to her ceramic studio. It was love at first squelch (of clay). After working in a commercial graphic-design studio for two years, I knew that I could not make the most of my creativity in that environment, so I decide to do my own thing......that was 18 years ago!
When you are not coming up with wonderful pieces, what else do you like to do?
Walk on the mountains nearby with my dogs.
Where is your favorite hang out spot?
Any pristine natural environment, preferably involving mountains and the ocean.
What is your personal soundtrack right now?
Who or what has been your greatest inspiration?
Nelson Mandela, for so many reasons.
What has been your proudest achievement?
To have the courage to follow my dream, and earn a living from my creative endeavours.
What is the best lesson you've learned so far?
Honesty is always best in the long run.
What dream do you still want to fulfill?
Design and build houses and furniture, while still having the time and energy for my ceramics!
{Photos: courtesy of John Newdigate}

1 comment:

Uzo said...

Thanks Brandie and John,
Let's Talk is my favorite segment. Great pieces!!