Barbora Balaban

Functional and Decorative Pottery
Barcha Pottery Studio
Carp, ON


I was born in Prague, a beautiful city full of history and culture, where I graduated from the Prague College of Graphic Art.

In those years in Prague I was always drawn to three-dimensional work, but never had the opportunity to work with clay. Instead, I started to explore the beauty of weaving, tapestry and lace making.

In 1990, I immigrated to Canada with my family. After settling down in Ottawa in 1995, I started to work with clay. Over the years I have had the opportunity to take courses at St. Lawrence College, Fleming College in Halliburton, and have taken numerous workshops offered by the Ottawa Guild of Potters and by Fusion (Ontario Clay and Glass) with top Canadian and US Potters.

2015 Ottawa Guild of Potters-Spring Exhibition – Recipient of Honorable Mention Award



Artist Statement

I love to travel, hike and camp in the wilderness and as a result, my work is largely inspired by the beauty of nature. My passion for gardening is also represented in my work and it is a continuous inspiration.

Over the years I made mostly functional pottery, only lately I started to develop larger decorative pieces, using stamped slabs, in combination with thrown elements. I experiment with distorting and altering thrown pieces and adding more texture by stamping, folding, carving, or simply adding more clay.

The contrast between glazed and unglazed parts of the pots brings out the texture of the piece and the warmth of the clay. Most of my work has some function with sculptural content. My work is high-fired pottery in oxidation, decorated with slips, brush work, carving, stamping. I work from my home studio in the woods.


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