Tamara Cameron – Peregrino Art
Tamara Cameron has been making art as long as she can remember. Her grandmother was a painter and she grew up surrounded by original art. Watching her paint, Tamara learned that making art was a normal part of everyday life – something anyone can do.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Design in communication design and education from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Tamara worked for a number of years as a graphic designer. One day, looking for something creative to do while being a stay-at-home mom, she took her first clay class. It was love at first sight and she has been working in clay ever since.
Having grown-up on the ocean in Nova Scotia, she has also lived in Montreal and Toronto and now lives in Colchester, Vermont. She taught at the Living & Learning Pottery Co-op at the University of Vermont for eight years, but is now pursuing studio work full-time.
I am a hand-builder of functional ceramics. In the world of clay, this means that I create all of my work without the use of a potter’s wheel. Everything I make begins as a smooth slab of clay: a moment full of potential. The slab is then impressed with a combination of different textures, some of which come from everyday things like pot holders and cardboard. The layers of texture and pattern reminds me of people: multi-layered, complex and interwoven. The slab is then folded, bent and coaxed into its intended shape.
I am captivated by the pursuit of shape and form: How can I create this three dimensional form out of this flat slab? While this is at heart a sculptural approach, I make functional work because I desire to bring ornament and beauty into everyday life.