Our Exclusive Interview With Celine Bosheh Of Celine Ceramics
Founder of Celine Ceramics, Celine Bosheh is a passionate visionary ceramic artist. With a profound love for clay & meticulous attention to detail, Celine has perfected the art of transforming humble clay into extraordinary works of art.
How did you first become interested in ceramics and what drew you to the art form?
During my Bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to work on a diploma project that sparked my interest in the field of ceramics. Although I was studying Graphic Design, my final project was the creation of two small sculptures from clay. After three years, I decided to pursue my passion for ceramics and applied for a Master’s degree in Art focusing on Ceramic Design in Hungary. I was awarded a full scholarship and upon completion of my Master’s degree, I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey in the ceramics industry. Today, with my knowledge and experience, I take pride in running my own successful ceramics business.
In Jordan we have a rich culture of ceramic making, do you use any traditional motifs or techniques that are unique to the region when creating your pieces?
Currently, ceramic production in Jordan is not a prominent industry and cultural awareness is limited. However, the techniques that I utilize in my craft are distinct from traditional Jordanian practices. I employ the hand-building technique as opposed to throwing on a wheel, and I also incorporate unique motifs and patterns into my pieces by creating plaster stamps.
What inspires your creative process when it comes to making handmade ceramic art?
The primary sources of inspiration for my designs originate from nature and geometric shapes. A fundamental aspect of my artistic practice involves incorporating my personal touch into each piece. Furthermore, I utilize various oxides, such as manganese oxide, to bring life and vibrance to my pieces during the coloring process.
Describe some of the techniques you use to shape and mold the clay into your desired forms.
The primary technique that I employ in ceramic production is hand building, whereby I shape each piece in a visionary and often spontaneous manner utilizing sketches as a guide. However, my pieces frequently diverge from the initial vision resulting in each piece being distinct from the others. This individuality is a key feature that I appreciate in my work. In addition, I incorporate ready-made molds into my process which I modify with my own personal touches and custom stamps.
What types of clay do you prefer working with and why? Are there any specific characteristics that make a particular clay ideal for your artwork?
My preferred clay body of choice is stoneware due to its fine texture and the absence of stone impurities. Stoneware offers the advantage of being able to withstand the high temperatures required for firing in kilns, resulting in durable and solid pieces akin to porcelain clay.
Do you have a signature style or theme that is consistent throughout your work?
Intentionally leaving my fingerprints on each piece serves as my personal signature. In addition to this, I incorporate handcrafted stamps utilizing geometric shapes to add further depth to my designs. My distinctive use of oxides during the coloring process, rather than traditional staining techniques, further enhances the uniqueness and individuality of each piece.
Are there any artists or ceramicists who have influenced your work and why?
During the creation of my diploma project, I had the privilege of working under the guidance of Professor Kinga, a renowned Hungarian ceramicist whose expertise had a profound influence on my work. Under her direction, I was afforded the opportunity to create an abundance of pieces, which were critical in the refinement of my craft. This period was not without its challenges, but it only served to further develop my abilities to work with clay and expand my knowledge of the medium. Ultimately, this experience provided me with a strong sense of affirmation, drawing me to the conclusion that working with ceramics is my true passion and rightful place.
How do you balance functionality with aesthetics when creating ceramic pieces that are both visually appealing and usable?
To start, the majority of my creations are not only functional but also water prof with using a layer of glaze. I begin by crafting practical pieces, and then I embellish them with my unique geometric shapes and designs. Additionally, I delight in experimenting with colors to produce captivating and attractive final results.
What do you find most rewarding about working with ceramics and creating handmade art?
Designing and crafting ceramics by hand provides me with a therapeutic outlet for negative energy. It’s a space of contentment where I can work with the clay and bring my designs to life. Witnessing the appreciation and love shown by those who admire my art, and even selling my pieces, is incredibly fulfilling.
Have you ever collaborated with other artists or artisans on ceramic projects? If so, what was the experience like?
Although I didn’t collaborate with other artists, I did have the opportunity to intern with a talented Greek ceramist on the picturesque island of Paros. During my time there, I gained invaluable experience in various aspects of the craft, including glazing and firing. Additionally, I participated in a workshop with other skilled ceramists, where we were able to share and learn from each other’s experiences…
What are some of the benefits you see in collaborating with others in the ceramics field?
The world of ceramics is complex and multifaceted, with new lessons and discoveries waiting at every turn. One of the most rewarding aspects of working in this field is the abundant opportunities to collaborate with other ceramists, exchange knowledge, and challenge one another to explore new perspectives and techniques. By surrounding oneself with other passionate and skilled artists, one can gain invaluable expertise and experience, paving the way for endless creative possibilities
How do you ensure that the collaborator’s artistic vision and style are represented in the joint ceramic project?
Though I haven’t yet collaborated with any artists, I’m open to the possibility in the future. If I do decide to collaborate, I believe in the importance of brainstorming together to achieve a mutually satisfying end result.
Besides ceramics do you have any other artistic passions or creative pursuits?
I specialized in graphic design, with a focus on creating illustrations and logos. In addition, I’m also interested in landscape photography.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring ceramists or those interested in perusing handmade ceramic art as a hobby or profession?
First of all, I’m going to say that it’s never too late to go after what you want in life. My advice is to follow your passion and keep working hard, because let’s face it, nothing worth having comes easy. You’re bound to face challenges along the way, but don’t let that stop you. Stay determined and you’ll get there eventually! well, I’m still in the process.