I was chatting with my daughter the other day about pottery as we trudged around some shopping mall on the hunt for something cool, anything cool really. Granted, malls are the last place you’d find anything interesting or new when it comes to design or art. Instead they carry the same old same old; typical ceramics in traditional glazes; mugs and platters and giant spoons and those bowls you use to rinse your summer strawberries in, all in varying shades of speckled blue or brown. I was whining about the fact that it’s difficult to find different pottery in our part of the world. We don’t live near Judit Varga
You won’t find strawberry bowls in Hungarian-born Varga’s studio because her work isn’t about function. It’s about more etherial concepts like growth and decay, time and it’s inevitable passage around us. I’d describe her pieces as explorations of objects found in nature and their remnants. They are organic and delicate. And that’s just about a million miles from typical.
At college Varga studied art and mathematics before attending Moholy Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest where she majored in ceramics.
“Finding the perfect balance between shape, color, surface and structure is always a challenge, an emotional struggle. The mere existence of this powerful energy makes it so appealing to me to work with clay. My work has a strong connection with nature and the organic structures it is built upon. My inspiration comes from small artifacts I collect on walks or trips with my family. These fragile imprints of nature provide me with a rich visual vocabulary, endless shapes and colors. I work in the solitude in my studio and this peaceful loneliness gives me the perfect stage to work with clay. Sometimes in the silence there is moment of harmony when clay and I understand each other perfectly, both of us know exactly what the other wants to do. These are the moments I long for and this longing draws me back in the studio to open up a new bag of clay and start again”.
“ I use the clay in a different way. It’s almost like painters: They use the same paint, but some of them do abstract work, and some of them do portraits. I’m in the abstract portion”
These days you can find this maker in Washington, D.C. And if you can’t get there she’s on instagram here.