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Saida Fagala


What clay body do you use?

"I sculpt with porcelain and decorate with cobalt blue, slightly emphasizing the features or the body lines. My sculptures are unique and never the same, I love the translucency of the porcelain, its plasticity and the beauty of white color.

 But I am also attracted to terra-cotta clay that has this rich red-brown perfect background for colors and texture. The movement of clay sometimes moves my hand and mind and some improvisation occurs conflicting with my ideas, but it’s always a magical moment when a simple piece of clay transforms into art.

Also use stoneware and Longhorn white."


Primary forming method?

"Hand building, sculpture."


Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 9, Cone 4, Cone 04-05. "


Favorite surface treatment?

"Stains and cobalt blue pigment. "

























Favorite Tools?

"All tools😊"

Describe your studio environment.

"At this moment I have a small corner in the kitchen to work at"


















How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"Foelber Pottery Gallery and Instagram. "











What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"The chance to combine sculpting and painting, I love to feel the clay. Every time I touch it, it tells me a new story"                  

                                                                

                     










Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "I graduated as an art teacher, then after 5 years in the Baku State Fine Arts Institute, I graduated with MFA in decorative arts, Ceramics was my major."








      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      "I was featured by Anya Tish gallery from year 2001- 2006, upon my arrival to Houston. Then I was invited to work with the Center for Contemporary Crafts in Houston, and Hanson gallery. That is how I met Judy Adams and Tom Perry.

      I was invited to be a member of the Houston Clay artists association in 2001, and I was a part of it for many years "





       



      What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

        My friends advised me to be more outspoken to promote my art and follow my passion."










        Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Tumblr: https://ceramica-saida.tumblr.com/

          Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saida_hf/?hl=en


          Bio:

          I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan (former USSR) in a family of artists.  I graduated from the Baku State Art College 1974-77 with Bachelor of Arts degree. I graduated from Baku State University of the Fine Arts and Culture 1978-1983 –MFA ceramics. I spent 1 year in St. Petersburg, studying academic drawing and painting

          In 1983 I started working at the Ceramic Shop at the Union of Artist’s Manufactory as a leading artist and mass production designer.  I was accepted to the Union of the Soviet Artists in 1990, and started actively participating in art exhibitions and shows, in Baku, Moscow and Eastern Europe. I had about 5 solo exhibitions in Baku, and collaborated with a few souvenir shops.

          In 1998 I moved to the United States, to Houston in 2000 and became a member of the Texas Clay artists until present. 

          I participated in various exhibitions and was collaborating with commercial galleries like: Anya Tish Gallery, Asher Gallery (HCCC) Foelber Pottery Gallery, Winter Street studios- gallery 3, The East End gallery, Talento Bilingue, Beth Gallery, and Hanson Gallery.

          In 2012 my drawing “Reaching for the stars” was accepted at the “Open The Door” competition.  My door was later purchased by the Lone Star College.

          My ceramic sculptures were exhibited around the world: Istanbul-Turkey, Hamburg- Germany Moscow-, Russia, Dubai- Emirates, also in NY- United Nations pavilion, Washington DC-Chamber of Commerce of Azerbaijan, Sag Harbor Washington state.-private gallery, Irvin-TX, Austin, TX.

          I showcased my ceramics at the Houston Crafts show in 2004 and Texas Crafts Show in 2008; in 2010 my composition Three Women was awarded the Best in Show at Hanson Gallery (Uptown Park)

          I currently teach visual arts at The Post Oak School, and make custom made and one of a kind ceramics.

          My artworks are inspired by nature and people.

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