Tanya Gomez: Ceramicist, Sussex UK
For ceramicist Tanya Gomez, it was luck that led her to discover her great creative inspiration: the ocean.
After taking a job on a boat as a teenager, she found herself spending much of the next few years living on water. “It had such an emotional, physical, visual impact, that I still carry into my work now,” she says. She ultimately returned to the UK, and studied in Brighton and at the Royal College of Art, where she developed the skill to produce vessels in delicate porcelain – “the Mercedes of the clay world” – and honed her considered approach to colour, which she still finds hugely evocative: “My glazes are very much about the depth and the light that you get at sea.”