Q&As with Mandy Long

IMG_1760What’s your background?

I came to art quite late.  Loved clay since childhood and did various evening classes but didn’t do my BTec until 2000-2003 and decided to take it more seriously and see what I could do.

Explain what you do in 100 words

I make ceramic sculpture which is Raku fired and inspired by movement in sport, initially, and more lately in contemporary dance too. I use glass a lot as a way of raising the work to give a sense of the figures being airborne, or supported, without the support intruding on the work. It’s part of the sculpture.

The Bully

The Bully

What five words best describe your work?

Dynamic movement, surprising, different, edgy.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a judo commission.

Which three artists most inspire you?

Rodin, Michael Flynn, Marcel Duchamp (The Bride Stripped Bare)

Getting Acquainted

Getting Acquainted

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Best piece of advice was from David Oxley, my tutor at Harrogate College, who taught us about the way clay behaves, but was never limited by it.  Not what can you do with clay, but what is your idea, now how are you going to make it happen.

Favourite or most inspirational place in Yorkshire

Not surprisingly the YSP!

www.mandylong.com

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