Who is Silk Castellas-Cartwright? TikToker's sexy pottery sessions steal hearts
After her vacation plans were halted owing to Covid-19 limitations, a young Australian discovered pottery and fell in love with it, capturing the attention of nearly half a million people on TikTok. Silk Castellas-Cartwright, a Melbourne resident, began playing with clay in early 2021 and then participated in local pottery workshops to hone her talents.
While working on her business, By Silk, where she sells her works online, the 21-year-old describes herself as a part-time ceramist. She told Daily Mail, "I produce items that are current and exciting, and that can be utilised effectively as well as as a piece of art on their own."
"After finishing my Arts degree, I wanted to travel for a year, but I found myself with a lot of idle time in and out of lockdowns," she explained. "I bought some clay and started hand-building pieces before enrolling in a couple of wheel-throwing sessions at a local pottery shop."
She then went on to purchase a pottery wheel and set up a home studio. Silk used TikTok to make and post videos for a little fun,' but it quickly 'blew up,' and she now has 500,000 followers. Silk chronicles the process of manufacturing ceramic vases, mugs, and jugs in the short films, and she admits that 'around 50%' of her attempts are an 'epic fail' because she's still learning.
A video that was posted earlier this year has received more than 20 million views. "I derive a lot of my inspiration from modern art and sculpture, as well as fashion trends," she explained. In her most recent video, she showed how she constructed six patterned ceramic cups, starting with precisely 400g of clay. "I dig a hole in the centre of the clay and gently pull it outwards to construct the shape of a cup," the young Aussie explained her process.
"Then I pull the walls up with both hands," says the artist. "It's critical to keep the clay moist throughout this process, otherwise, it will stick to your hands and knock the sculpture off centre." Silk's creations are available for purchase on the By Silk website, where customers may pick from a variety of colorful handcrafted bowls, matching mugs, one-of-a-kind vases, and plates.