View all art by Leslie Safarik in our:
California's approach to ceramic sculpture is far from traditional. We have forged a unique aesthetic where ceramics is not treated so much as a craft but as an expressive art form. My work follows and extends this tradition.
My sculpture is ceramic, figurative, large and brightly colored. I explore figurative form and color, patterns and decoration as a reflection of being both a west coast artist and a woman. The attention to detail and my interest in creating densely beautiful patterns are a direct translation of my nature as a woman and my response to the world around me.
It is important to me that my work is life-size. I make my work to have a presence, to command the space yet be part of everyday decoration. My forms are whimsical and in many cases larger than life. I try to immerse the viewer in a world populated with my forms, patterns and designs
My work is built in the pinch coil method. The clay coils are built up daily, over months. Once the last coil is added the piece is left to dry. The piece is then placed into the kiln for the first of many firerings. The first firering changes the water soluble clay to the hard bisque form. The bisque form is now ready to be glazed. Each color is fired at a different temperature starting with the highest and ending with the lowest. The final firering is the china-paint enamel that is used in the fine detail.