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MARIA RAQUEL MORALES S.


What clay body do you use?
"Porcelain and sometimes a dark stoneware."


    Primary forming method?

    "Mostly hand-building with coils. I also like to use the Potter’s Wheel for small functional pieces."


    Primary firing temperature?

    " Cone 6-7 electric."


    Favorite surface treatment?

    "Carving, creating textures and finishes with underglazes."






    Favorite Tools?

    "For forming and building I use my hands and a metal serrated rib. For carving a simple wire tool."

    Describe your studio environment.

    "I am fortunate to share studio space with the members of Nosami Studio. I feel free and comfortable working on what I want and have a very friendly and supportive environment."






    How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

    " I sell at the studio events."



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

    " Nature , life events. 

    For me is a way of communication. Sometimes by telling a story or message. Being able to work with my hands is a privilege. Growing-up, my parents would show us and take us to places where people worked, created art and life, and this instilled in me an admiration for the environment and for the work of artisans. As a young girl, I always wanted to be a maker and create, and though I would do this as a child, being able to do this work full-time is what I want to do. I draw inspiration from my love of nature, animals and people."

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

      " I moved from Guatemala City in 1982 after finishing university. I moved to Topeka, Kansas where I started taking anthropology classes as a non- traditional student at Washburn University. The opportunity came at this moment where I took my first ceramic class and after some time decided to major in fine arts, and received my BFA. I have been taking workshops and classes to improve my skills and knowledge."





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

        "I have been part of several group studios and have been able to share my experience and knowledge with other artists.  I enjoy interacting with others, and learning from each other. "




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

          I was very lucky to have been a student of Ceramist Glenda Taylor, and she would say, “one should work all the time because inspiration comes as one touches the clay.” While I am working, I often recall the words and remarks from instructors and professors, and it helps me see my work in a more critical and objective manner.






          Bio: 

          Born in Topeka, Kansas I grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I am the daughter of parents who instilled in their children a social awareness and drive for social justice so my studies were related to that ideal.  I attended the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City and graduated in 1982 . My family and  I moved to Topeka, KS as a result of political unrest in my home country.  In Topeka I met and married my husband, and had two daughters.  I decided to stay home with my young daughters, and once they were in school, I decided to begin studies at Washburn University, where I graduated with a BFA in 2002.  I continued taking advanced ceramics classes after graduation, and several workshops in ceramic sculpture in different art centers. In 2008 my husband and I moved to Kansas City, MO and I joined Red Star Studios for two years, and then 323 Clay in Independence, MO for five years.  Three years ago, my husband and I moved to Houston, where I joined Clay Houston, and met an amazing community of clay artists. I continue taking workshops to see what others are creating and be inspired by their love of clay . 

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