Elysia works on form and color, but also on the empty/full, inside/outside relationships, just like in the casts – the openings of her artifacts sometimes recall the shape of the open mouth in her sculptural self-portraits.
When working at the potter’s wheel, you have to do with three different forces: the wheel turning, gravity acting on the clay, which gets modified with each movement, or by adding water, and in general as a result of all the energies it is subject to. Then there is the physical force of the artist, of her/his hands. When you are at the wheel, you need to find a balance between your body and the other forces involved, and develop full awareness of what is happening as you work. The secret, then, is to be able to balance the various forces at play.
The process of creation is also obviously influenced by the state of mind and the physical tension the artist is experiencing at that particular moment. There is always a certain degree of unpredictability, as one can never have total control over the result.