Since the foundation of JordanaEarth, Yates has relentlessly chased her passions by developing her processes and learning new techniques and media to incorporate in her incredible work and has found success doing what she loves. She explained that most of her pieces are a combination or handbuilding with coils or slabs and wheel throwing, and described the process of learning how to incorporate both; “For a while I used the same technique to create. I was a hand builder from the start and was extremely comfortable. Wheel throwing scared me and I put it off until it became an assignment in class. I struggled, but eventually I got good at it. By learning a new skill, it allowed me to realize that I prefer to create vessels by both techniques”. During her time in college, Yates explained that she, “made sure that work matched the atmosphere I created – always”, but that professors questioned if that meant her work could speak for itself. She said that she, “questioned if my work had value for a while until I realized my work could stand by itself”.
Educational/Personal Growth Opportunity“Every studio day will not be perfect, and that’s okay! There will be days when your clay is too dry and your head is somewhere else. For my ceramic artists, take a day to clean your studio. Clean your bats, reclaim clay, clean your wakeboards and tools. Create a routine that works for you but please do not stress over making mistakes on that day.”
“Are you comfortable with your technique and journey?” Take some time to clear your head and reclaim your studio space. Really think about the technique of your craft; where do you want it to go, how do you want to grow, and how is it the best reflection of your artistic journey?