Debbie started coming to CATA about a month ago. She was interviewed by Sylvie for our newsletter.
When did you first do ceramics?
I first did ceramics in the early eighties. I did workshops for people with disabilities in Shenton Park. It was called the Activity Centre in Shenton Park.
So what did you learn then?
All different things like molding. I also liked working on the wheel. I enjoyed it.
So you had a big break and now you come back to pottery?
I did other things like cooking…
What is your favorite thing in pottery?
Glazing and different things… painting. I like unusual things like flicking underglaze on the work.
Do you prefer doing hand building or working on the wheel?
Both, both, I like both. When I came here I wanted to start with wheel throwing but I am happy to do other things as well.
You are quite innovative then?
Yes I like to do new things. I like to make bowls, molded bowls, I don’t know… things I can use.
Things for the kitchen?
No, things to decorate.
What about sculptures, does that interest you?
Do you keep everything for yourself? What do you do with your creations?
I give them away or something like that…
Why do you like to work with clay or is it just another activity?
Yes it is like other activities.
Is there a specific project that you like?
I’ll have a go at anything. If I can’t do it, it’s not a problem. I can ask somebody to help me.
I want to flick blue paint on this bowl.
You are enjoying coming to CATA?
Yes I thoroughly enjoy… sometime… but I also love my bed…
How often do you come to CATA?
Once a week only for the pottery class. I do other things. I do volunteering at the hospital. I make up packs for the wards, for people to take home. They are kind of show bags. It keeps me busy.
You like to keep busy?
Yes, yes I do.
What do you like about coming to CATA?
The company. That’s why I wanted to come, to be into a group, to socialize, to enjoy.
Ok, thank you Debbie.
Sylvie Riches - Activities Officer