Art By Angelique

When discussing the visual arts, the average person often neglects the reality that there are three dimensional forms of art. VCU art student, and local potter, Angelique Scott has brought “ceramics and afro-centric ceramic art” to the foreground of visual arts in Richmond. Scott operates as a “machine” as she spends countless hours in the studio throwing, trimming, or glazing new artwork. Scott has sold pieces throughout Richmond, taught art to youth, and even displays her work throughout the area. In the upcoming school year she hopes to start her very own student organization with the intentions of propelling the artwork of african americans to reach their goals and collaborate with artist of various backgrounds and cultures.


Scott explains how her experiences at VCU have prepared her for the “real life of an artist”.


Scott: “I come from a private school background for high school and there I have had everything within art handed to me, like my clay was already wedged so I would just have to cut it up and take it. Coming to VCU we use recycled clay, so we have to wedge our own clay which means rolling it continuously until all the air bubbles are out of it. Also coming here I had to go out and buy my own glazes which is actually very expensive. VCU has been almost like the real world experience for art for me, which actually really motivated me. Everything I had to do I had to do for myself and had to learn from it. I had to go out and introduce myself to other artist and talk to stores and get my work in their stores and boutiques. It’s been a learning experience; I learned the behind the scenes things that happen in the studio. I had to learn to recycle recycled clay, I had to learn how to mix clay, and learn how to mix glazes, and learn how to load and unload my own kiln and fire it. When you have to come out of pocket and pay for glazes and spend your time recycling clay, it makes you more appreciative of your own work. You’re like ‘Wow I put a lot of work into this little cup.’ ”


VCU may have had an influence on Scott’s mentality as an artist but Richmond has had a direct affect on Scott’s work. To a person like Scott who finds inspiration in “everything (people, animals, plants, african heritage, self-love)” it was only natural that she feed off the artistic atmosphere Richmond attracts. She explained how the city and its culture has affected her.


Scott: “I have yet to meet a potter in Richmond so I don’t feel that threatened but being an artist in general...I was wondering how in the world am I going to compete with these people, they’re like young Picassos and young Basquiats. I was like ‘I don’t know how I am going to do this’ and that really motivated me to just go harder in what I do, to spend more time in the studio and more time on my concepts for my pieces and my artwork. Another thing it helped me do is it really helped me open my eyes to collaborate with other artist because it shouldn’t always be a competition in the artworld. If we are all artist we shouldn’t always be competing all the time. You don’t get anywhere in life like that; so, it motivated me to go out and meet other artist and sit down with them and tell them my inspirations and hear their inspirations and see how they got to their point in their life. You would really be surprised how you can push yourself when you’re outside your comfort level.”

When asked if she felt her presence as a potter influenced other artist in the same fashion that Richmond has influenced her, Scott responded by saying:


Scott: “ Im not really sure, I haven’t had anybody come up to me and tell me  ‘hey your artwork has influenced me’. But when I did Ramz Bazaar and began to put my artwork on Broad street, in stores, they were almost like shocked like they never seen anything like it before and I was a little shocked because there are other potters at VCU. I think the difference between me and most potters is that they sell their work high-end, like they don’t really put it in stores. I don’t think anyone has done what I am trying to do with pottery...they don’t really explore what exactly ceramics can do and how people feel about it. I was walking down Broad street showing my portfolio to Bistro 27 and Tarrant’s cafe and they were like ‘Oh my gosh your work is beautiful’, I was flattered and shocked. I don’t necessarily think I make an influence but I feel that it is different than what most people do with clay.”


The process of preparing any form of ceramics requires multiple steps and most importantly it requires patience. Scott has a true dedication to her artwork and that dedication opened the door for her pieces to be put in the public eye on multiple occasions. Below is a series that Scott has developed called “Inner Peace” which is one of a handful of items that she has on display on Broad street.

Scott: “Inner peace is one of my latest pieces, based on the chakras. It was from a time in my life where I was really big on energy, giving off the right energy and making sure you’re catering to yourself...self-love and self-peace. Its a five set series, the other two pieces are under construction..we had accidents in the kiln”

Scott's ability to create stunning ceramics is impressive; but, her most awe-inspiring trait is her desire to launch the artist of the future in acheiving their goals. "I'm really into working with children and youth development...they will come up and change the world with the proper nuturing. I hope to start a non-profit that will cater to youth development." Scott intends to assist students in developing their portfoilios before applying to schools, such as VCU, where the art program is prestigious. "I want to start my own chain of art galleries to showcase emerging young artist."  Scott is more than your average artist and plans to do more than simply show off her skills; she has every intention to build the other artist around her and share her experiences.

Keep up with Scott as she participates as a vendor in the RVA Expo on June 20, 2015. Also expect to see her work on display in the near future at Bistro 27, Elegebra Folk Society, and upcoming First Fridays. View her artwork now by following her on instagram at Art.byangelique and view her Rich city gallery by clicking here.

- Josh Edwards