Samantha Albert is a ceramic artist based in Berlin, one of the rare kinds whose history is written all over her work.
Her journey with clay began on the west coast of Sweden where granite boulders dot the seaside and an expansive vein of blue clay runs underground. From the moment she dug out her first lump she immediately felt a strong connection with the material. As she describes it, working with clay is grounding, yet exhilarating—a sensation that’s difficult to put into words. Though she works in many mediums, these deep and complex emotions are what draw her to clay over and over again.
There is something relaxing and calming in the repetitive nature of working with clay, he maintains. But it can also be challenging as it gets more and more complex. Overall, it always feels genuinely profound. The relation with people completely changed when Bennet shifted to ceramics.
Finding renewed nourishment from the physical qualities of the clays and materials in the making process, noting that sometimes self-expression is dominant, other times the self is quiet and the material takes more presence. It is a dance, a very archaic movement that we humans have been engaged in for as long as we have walked the earth.
Robert quickly learnt that connecting cultures was his opportunity to heal. He feels more a translator than a designer, he explains us, making himself understood through the use of materials: it is the possibility of connection itself that generates craft. Bridging cultures, and in particular the American and Thai one, has created a new space and vocabulary for those who feel split.