Meet clay artist Naomi Lindenfeld
Naomi has developed a line of colored clay items which are intended for daily use as well as for gatherings and celebrations. The technique involves layering colored clay into a block. Patterns are created by pressing tools down into the block and then slicing it, or rolling out the layered colored clay, carving away strips and rolling it flat again to create a multi-dimensional effect. The flat clay is then hand-constructed into pieces that are tactile, useful and decorative. In addition, Naomi throws the layered colored clay on a wheel to form the pieces. She then facets the sides to reveal an agate effect or deeply carves the surface. This reveals mesmerizing striations of color that result in a great sense of depth and movement to the pieces.
Flowing movement is the main feeling that Naomi hopes to convey in her work. Her inspiration is drawn from her love of dance, patterns in the natural world that result from the movement of water and wind on materials like rock, wood and shells. The colored clay technique allows one to work with colors while making a piece. Naomi loves to experiment with different color combinations to see how colors blend and contrast to create different moods.