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De­signer Anna Ali­cia on why it pays to step out of your cre­ative com­fort zone

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Anna Ali­cia on try­ing new cre­ative paths

Sewing is al­most sec­ond na­ture to me – I’ve been stitch­ing since I was a child and I can barely even re­mem­ber learn­ing how. But re­cently I’ve been drawn in a whole new di­rec­tion, and com­pletely out of my com­fort zone. I’ve fallen madly in love with mak­ing ceram­ics. Delv­ing into a whole new set of ma­te­ri­als and skills, not to men­tion de­sign pos­si­bil­i­ties and is­sues, is for me equal parts ter­ri­fy­ing and ex­cit­ing. I’m not used to hav­ing to find the pa­tience to wait for some­thing to be fired, glazed and fired again – sewing works on

i ’ ve been drawn in a new di­rec­tion –

I ’ ve fallen i n love with ceram­ics

a dif­fer­ent kind of time- scale. But I’m also un­ac­cus­tomed to the thrill of the re­veal, when the kiln is opened and a piece has been trans­formed from a pow­dery raw glaze into a solid, glassy, per­ma­nent – and of­ten un­ex­pected – ob­ject. I will al­ways sew, but I’m now firmly wed­ded to a life of mak­ing things in clay. And I’ll do all of it whilst feel­ing thank­ful I ven­tured out­side my com­fort zone to find out so much more about mak­ing. Check out Anna’s full range of eco- friendly, eth­i­cally- made ac­ces­sories and home­wares at www. aali­cia. big­car­tel. com

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