Barbora Balaban

Barbora was born in Prague, a beautiful city full of history and culture, where she graduated from Prague College of Graphic Art.
Prague, a city full of churches, temples, castles, full of music and art and gardens which were very inspirational. In those years, in Prague, Barbora was always drawn to three-dimensional work, but never had the opportunity to work with clay. Instead, she started to explore the beauty of weaving, tapestry and lace making.

In 1990, Barbora  immigrated to Canada with her family.  After setting down in Ottawa in 1995, she started to work with clay. Barbora joined the Ottawa Guild of Potters and over the years, she had the opportunity to take courses at St. Lawrence College and at Fleming College in Haliburton. She has also taken numerous workshops offered by the Ottawa Guild of Potters and by Fusion (Ontario Clay and Glass) with top Canadian and U.S. Potters.

Barbora makes functional and decorative pieces, using slabs, in combination with thrown elements. She experiments with the distorting and altering thrown pieces and adding more texture by stamping, folding, carving, or simply adding more clay and decorating with slips and brush work. 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 her work has some function with sculpture content. Barbora’s work is high-fired pottery in oxidation. Her passion for gardening and nature is represented in her work and  is a continuous inspiration.

Barbora works from her beautiful log home studio “in the woods”, where she spends her time between pottery making, gardening, weeding, wood chopping and splitting.

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