Ada Brzeski

Potter at Studio Space Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

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I started pottery in 2006 under the tutelage of Anne Chambers.   Over the years I have sought to improve my skills by attending many workshops offered by the Ottawa Guild of Potters.    I have also attended some intensive pottery courses including ones at Halliburton School of Arts,  Alfred University and La Meridiana in Tuscany (my favourite!).

I sell my work on commision, at craft shows in Ottawa and at at the Wilno Craft Gallery.

Artist's Statement

Much of my work is inspired by my Polish roots and the colourful Wycinanki (Polish paper cutting) I saw 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.

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