Hand build sculpture with intrinsically carved surface. “Sculpting urchins for me is a meditation. I never plan ahead on the exact shape but let the ball of clay unravel yourself and show me the shape it wants to be. By pushing from inside out twisting and moving it in my hands I let it grow how any organism in nature will grow by itself.”- Lana Kova. After the shape is finished the carving takes place. It takes many hours to carve deeply the surface so that it is “breathing, alive”.
ceramic sculpture 2017 - 2018.
glazed stoneware, 15 x 7 x 7 inches ,2018
glazed stoneware, 20 x 10 x 8 inches ,2018.
glazed stoneware, 13,5 x 8 x 8 inches, 2017.
Unique pieces - reduction fired porcelains.
In these pieces Lana explores the possibilities of historical glazes. They are made of porcelain - the whitest clay available - for the purpose of showing off nuances of color. Bowls and cups are thrown on a wheel and then carefully painted in dots. Glazes are left to react and to form their unique look in a complex form of reduction gas firing. The result - not one piece is alike, each one is unique and vibrant like a tropical sea fish.
Carved tableware inspired by seaworld.
Lana's Dots are fabrics, skins, mosaics. She packs them in a tight net. Its an exercise in repetition and mark making.
During her long research for glazes that evoke nature Lana found these special combinations: green on dark grey is like wet moss on rocks, grey-blue on yellow is like tiny lichens on trees, white on white is a snow blizzard in the Arctic.
Inspired by shattered rock mountains of Iceland the texture of “Rocks” cups and bowls avoke geological activity and erosion by the elements. A play between solid and destroyed gives these pieces contemporary look.
Made by the process of slip casting where liquid porcelain poured into molds to form thin walls. Because of complex surface the casts are still not identical but have a little variations.
Contemporary Ceramics. Continuation of Blue&white tradition.
This collection started with my glazing experiments. I would paint one glaze on top of the other with a brushstrokes or just a touch of a brush, block some areas with wax or layer glazes. First spontaneous blue and white glaze plates were refined in the process and dots got condensed in a tight mozaic-like pattern.
Each piece is meticulously executed, wheelthrown or handbuild, and glaze is hand painted with precision.