About my work
Fiona’s work focuses on the wonderful world of butterflies. Enabling an exciting development of colourful forms.
Inspired by the fragility of nature and mans impact on the natural world, these forms have been created to impact on the fragile nature of the environment to which we all rely on. The combination of materials reflect the constant battle of survival. The monarch butterfly forms took around two and a half years to develop, after many disasters and problem solving, was able to perfect the process. Clay as drying out and, in the firing, wants to move and after spending hours on a piece would find it had collapsed. After many trials and testing was able to control the warping in the drying. When completely dry they are put in kiln for first firing then decorated freehand and re fired to 1220 degrees. This helps the strength of the piece, but also allows the delicacy to remain.
Fiona Mazza is a ceramic artist living in Yorkshire and over the last 22 years has developed numerous skills through making, teaching and technician work. The core of the work is based on nature, in particular the amazing butterfly world. However, Fiona enjoys the challenge of designing and making individual pieces using many techniques this allows her to explore clay in many areas.
Fiona’s work is inspired by nature. Butterflies are the main focus. Ceramic Pieces produced in various techniques. Raku is the main technical process which allows the subtle effects to form on the surface enhancing the delicate forms. Recently experiments into electric kiln fired work, has produced a new body of work on the environmental impact on the monarch butterfly, recreating clusters of this beautiful insect by stacking ceramic wings.