Clara Holt is a skillful illustrator and ceramicist based in Milan, Italy. She takes inspiration from ancient myths and decorative traditions to beautifully decorate ceramic vessels and tiles with vibrant and colorful figures.
Some pieces are decorated with the sgraffito technique on the raw piece. I apply a layer of colored slips to leather hard pottery and then scratch off parts of the layer to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and reveal the clay color underneath. Some other pieces are handmade and bisque fired. Then I decorate them using oxides and pigments, I glaze and fire them again, to make them water safe and food safe. I have always had a passion for classical literature, Greek epics and the surrealist current, which guides my research and personal interpretation of my subjects. Each piece is a one-off, illustrated with a drawing inspired by places, mythology or childhood stories.Clara Holt