I use a variety of stoneware and each type of clay comes with its unique personality and characteristics that allow me to respond to those properties. My interest in architecture, design and the Asian aesthetic are reflected in these hand-built, slab and coil construction ceramic sculptures that are twice fired at about 2200 degrees F. The textured and patterned surfaces are the result of engraving, stamping, inlay and carving. Some pieces are burnished and gilded, while others have multiple applications of slips, stains and glazes. In my recent work I use mishima inlay, a centuries-old technique popularized in Korea. My hand, as well as the clay and the fire from the kiln mark the form and surface of each piece.
— Vidya Vijayasekharan
Vidya lives and works in Maryland, USA and is a spirited advocate for Arts in education.