10 Questions for Nancy Gardner
*PRODUCTS are at the bottom of this page
What was the impetus for becoming a ceramic artist?
I fell in love with clay. Love at fist sight. It never went away. 1974
What inspires your forms and surfaces?
Something about the hand – I was throwing like everyone back in the day but when teaching kids I realized I was more into their stuff than the round and brown pottery so I quit the wheel and the seriousness of stoneware.
Who are your favorite artists?
So many favorite artists. All of them.
How did your current aesthetic style come to be?
In the 70’s there was a movement called pattern and decoration and it was another fall in love kind of thing. So any kinds of decorative art – rugs, wallpaper, folk art. And of course Matisse and all those French guys.
What is your favorite form to make?
My favorite is always whatever is new. But I love making mugs just because they are the most intimate object.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
As an artist who has just been plugging along I would have to say just plug along. I was always sort of jealous of those people that just hit it right out of the park, but now I think I got to work most days and that is the dream. Be nice. Support your friends.
Do you have other creative outlets/practices?
Yes! Great family and friends. Crossfit. And my crazy little rock band.
If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?
Any favorite meal/food?
I am not a foodie – pretty happy to just have dinner particularly if someone else cooks.
What has been your most memorable trip/vacation/residency?
We went to Turkey for a residency a couple years ago and it was amazing. I am a Francophile and an Anglophile and I love Mexico. And Philly – my home town.