Zelide’s work explores rhythms; expressed using pattern and texture in the surface decoration, & how these evoke a response from the viewer. She finds inspiration in tribal patterns, the design on a piece of fabric or wallpaper, art, or the more random patterns found in nature. The process of applying the pattern has a repetitive rhythm of its own and the addition of texture on some pieces creates a tactile dimension to the design.
All except the largest pieces are wheel thrown as enclosed forms and the lid is cut at a later stage. White stoneware provides a clean canvas for the application of the patterned designs which are applied freehand by the process of slip trailing onto the surface of the vessel.