My work is unique and fun as well as functional. I throw all of my bowls and mugs, as well as hand sculpt all handles or stand alone pieces. The mini-bowls are slip cast from original thrown bowls. Each piece is painted by hand so each one has it's own personality.
I adore cephalopods and monkeys and get inspiration from my lifestyle and pop culture. I replicate the subjects I love or that make me laugh.
You will find that my body of work is growing and changing with the new things I find interesting or fun.
I've taken the moniker VAM, based on my full name, Victoria Anne Morawietz since it was much shorter than writing out my entire name! Plus I like the way it sounds. I've been creating art since I could hold a pencil. Since then I've been creating, painting, drawing, and more. I discovered ceramics later in life and have developed a profound working relationship with clay and see it as a medium to transform my ideas into reality.
I originally started out doing sculptural raku pieces, incorporating humor and surrealism, even abstractism as an influence to my work, each piece was hand thrown then hand built. I choose to use Raku glazes with my sculptures since the whole of the process is unpredictable and I felt those pieces needed that random element.
Finding the need to create and share my work, I graduated into creating functional pottery: bowls, spoon holders, bells and vases. I've worked in crystalline glazes as well as solid colors but found a deep relationship with underglazing. I've followed my interests in some of my favorite subjects, pirates, squid, deep sea creatures, monkey's with fez's and other characters that tickle my fancy. I have a great time doing them and hope that others enjoy them as much as I do making them.