Cherry Tewfik

Cherry is taking part in our coming Home is a Feeling show in Faversham on 13th and 14th November.

Describe what you do as a creative.

I’m a potter making domestic decorative and raku ceramics.

Tell us about yourself.

I am Anglo Egyptian, brought up in Uganda and have lived in Libya, Kenya, France and
Malaysia

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a doctor like my Dad.

How did you begin doing what you do?

Volunteering in a boarding school in Uganda, painting murals on dormitory walls made me realise that art was so muh more rewarding an fun than science so I changed my course to art. Ceramics was part of the course and I was instantly hooked.

What turns on your creativity?

I love the technical process of making pots and the excitement of turning a lump of clay into something beautiful. I never tire of it.

What do you like best about your work?

That my pots show my history in different countries and they are inspired by them in the shapes, colours and patterns that I use.

When were you most satisfied in your work?

Teaching children with severe learning difficulties to communicate through forms and sounds that they have made.

Describe a memorable response to your work?

It’s always exciting if someone likes my work enough to buy it and take it away.

What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?

Raku and smoke firings beacuse they are so exciting and unpredictable.

Your idea of happiness

Contentment and caring with people I love.

Tell us a lesson life has taught you.

Bad things can happen but you can make things better by choosing how you respond.

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