Ada Brzeski

Ottawa, ON


brzeski_photoI started pottery in 2006 under the tutelage of Anne Chambers.  Over the years I have perfected my skills by attending many workshops offered by the Ottawa Guild of Potters.  I also attended a week intensive pottery course at Halliburton School of Arts.
My work is inspired by my Polish roots and the colourful Wycinanki (Polish paper cutting) I purchased during a trip to Poland. I decided to incorporate that art form in my work. Wycinanki date from the mid-nineteenth century. These colourful paper art works were used as decoration, hung in windows, and given as gifts. Subject matter included farm animals, star-shaped "Medallion" and flowers. I taught myself the process of making Wycinanki, researched traditional polish designs and developed some of my own.
The Wycinanki becomes the stencil which is placed on a leather hard plate then covered with a coloured slip.  When the slip hardens, I remove the paper and the design is revealed.  The plates are bisque fired then fired again with a clear glaze, making them food safe. Each plate is unique because the design can only be used once.
I sell my work at craft shows in Ottawa or on commission.

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