I am a potter and a ceramic artist living and working in Toronto. I immigrated to Canada from my native Czechoslovakia, and took my first weekend course in pottery shortly afterwards. Subsequent employment in a production studio of Rick and Nancy Hilborn as well as working within MIT Art community when living in the USA deepened my infatuation with the material and led to explorations of form in stoneware and Raku.
A new direction of work came as a result of my professional experience as a therapist teaching mindfulness and meditation to clients with chronic pain. My interest in the grounding qualities of clay and its decorative and utilitarian function was replaced by deepening desire to capture states, emotions, moods and perceptions. The questions of vulnerability and fragility, change and energy, action and consequence are at the centre of my current explorations.
My previous educational background includes Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design Ceramics program, art history studies at Harvard Extension School and a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. I also completed one moth residency in The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2016.
My work was exhibited with the Ontario Craft Council, FUSION, The Carnegie Gallery, The Gardiner Museum and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I am also a recipient of a 2014 Craft Ontario Award.