award winning artist natalia dias graduated with a 1st class hons degree from cardiff school of art + design in 2009
upon which she was awarded the graduate residency at fireworks clay studios in cardiff where she now practices as a professional artist. in 2007 dias won 1st prize for ceramic and glass at the wellcome trust competition design4science, in 2010 dias won the gold medal for craft + design at the national eisteddfod of wales
“Growing up in Portugal, the church interior was a substitution for the art gallery. The forms, colours, emotions and symbolism found inside those spaces have always been an underlying influence within my work and how it is displayed. Like pre-Raphaelite imagery and much of Greek and Celtic Mythology my classically rooted sculptures centre on the female figure combined with nature. I explore the female as warrior, a figure exuding power and confidence, adapting to an environment in constant flux, metamorphosing between human, plant and beast. I work with narratives from the past that are linked with environmental themes of the present. My fascination with naturally occurring geometric phenomena of repetitive growth patterns in plants and crystals is reflected in the symmetry of line and form that is often found enveloping my figures.
Influenced by Japanese craft discipline the values that underpin my practice are patience, material knowledge and highly skilled craft. I use a variation of slip cast and hand building to create clay collages formed by multiple cast forms, which are fired multiple times to achieve the depth of glaze required for the work. The glazes refer to my own cultural heritage of Palissy ware from Portugal.
My work revels in the rawness of life. Unafraid of its pathos, I aim to merge the characteristics of the human condition with nature’s contemplative and immersive beauty”
graddiodd natalia gyda gradd anrhydedd dosbarth cyntaf o ysgol gelf + cynllunio caerdydd yn 2009
ar ol graddio, enillodd y cyfle i fod yn artist preswyl yn stiwdios clai fireworks yng nghaerdydd, lle mae hi nawr yn gweithio fel arlunydd proffesiynol. enillodd gwaith alegorïaidd ceramig dias y fedal aur crefft + dylunio yn eisteddfod genedlaethol cymru 2010. mae gwaith natalia yn rhan o gasgliadau cyhoeddus + preifat, gan gynnwys casgliad cerameg prifysgol aberystwyth + amgueddfa genedlaethol cymru
SELECTED WORKS | GWAITH DETHOL
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