Vivian Pastor
What clay body do you use?

    "In the number of years I have been working with clay the clay body has changed and depends on what I am making. Now I use Cinco Blanco and Cinco Rojo which is a mid range clay".

     

    Primary forming method?

    "I hand build using the coil method for my pots, and for my flowers I make every petal to sculp the flower form. The labor of love on each piece they are all different. I have grown to realize each piece is it own".


    Primary firing temperature?

    “Mid range firing which is cone 5-6. Cone 5 can get the Cinco Rojo a nice chocolate brown that I love. Very earthy and warm”.


    Favorite surface treatment?

    “Underglaze for many years but just recently I have been using a white matte glaze with gold leaf”.





    Favorite Tools?

    “My tools are just your basic ceramic tools. I don’t need much”.            



    Describe your studio environment.

    “My studio is my garage sometimes very much in place and neat and sometimes not. But it works well for me. I have a kiln and a slab roller that I mainly use to feed the cat on. I work mainly on my own but once a week I go to a ceramic friend's studio to work. This is very important that I do this. We work have lunch, laugh and work some more. We have fun at what we do. This brings me much enjoyment into my life. It’s a must do for me”. 



    How/Where do you market & sell your artwork?

    "I sell my work at The Silos on Sawyer Houston,Tx . Gallery #317".





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

    “NATURE. I walk in gardens and look at flowers thinking if I can make that with clay how would that look how big or small shall I make it. then the creative methods kick in the process begins “.


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

      “First I was a landscape designer for many years. When I left that is when I started to go to Glassell art school. Many great classes to explore. I was limited with time So I chose ceramic. My first love. And again if you do what you love you will never work. I am passionate about what I do with clay if I wasn’t I could not make a thing it just wouldn’t work for me . I truly believe this was place in my heart and I never let it go”. 




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

      “I am not a teacher but willing to share what I think I know”.




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

        “1. Stop being so hard on yourself 2. Believe in yourself and 3. Don’t point out the negative parts of your work “.


        Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Website:  www.vivianpastor.com

          Facebook: vivianpastorpottery


            artist statement: 

             I was born in Whittier California. I have always loved clay as a child but had to wait until High school to get my hands on some clay. I am sure if it wasn’t for art and P.E I may have not survived High school at all.
            Traveled some and ended up in Texas where I started to go to Glassell art school here in Houston. With the love of landscape and gardening handed down from my mother and art school, I learned you do what you love so it was natural for me to make flowers and or organic forms. Nature has a endless supply of inspiration to work from.   



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