Iris Tonies – Ceramist, Ritual artist

“I don’t tell a story about the way it happened
but by the way I remembered it”

Creating art for me is a form of ritual and might
be the impulse behind or the culmination of
landmark moments in my life. It is not only
an expression of the glorious moments but
of the deepest and darkest times too.
Using basic, earthy materials I strive
to create magic and beauty, like a
character in a fairy tale spinning
gold out of grass, or the alchemist
turning lead into gold. My personal
experiences are woven into my work
and inform the creative process from
start to finish, but they are ultimately
universal expressions of love, joy or grief,
of emotions that speak to us all.