I come from Russia, but for the last two years I have been living, studying pottery and making ceramics in Tokyo.
I admire a lot in ceramics: the beauty of the material; processes that happen with soft and plastic clay before it becomes as hard as stone; endless variety of shapes and colors.
However, the greatest pleasure to me is the moment when I hold an object in my hands, feel it's weight, feel how smooth, rough, cool or sharp it is. It seems to me that through tactile sensations, objects reveal much more than through appearance alone.
Perhaps that's why I became interested mostly in functional ceramics, which are more frequently being held in hands, touched, moved.