Irina Razumovskaya is a ceramic artist and painter living and working in the UK. She creates visions of the ageing process of objects and architecture. In order to do so she chose the pure material language of ceramics, where every peeling layer of surface gives a context to history and time. As the possible behaviours of ceramic material are very diverse, she lets the nature of the material itself create its own narrative and identity.
What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
I used to rebel against political powers and boring ceramic traditions in Russia and now I am trying to rebel against my rebellious and nomadic self.
Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
No, I don’t think so.
Do you use your own work?
As I mainly do sculpture, it is hard to use it, but I put it in my house for sure.
Do you think tableware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
I think it has to be improved, people should obtain sensitivity towards the true beauty and poetry of ceramic wares and learn to enjoy it, it does enrich everyday life if you know how to look at it.
What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
I wanted to create a vision as if food is served on a chunk of an old wall.
Describe your work in 3 words!
Silent. Sensuous. Earthy.
What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
Various types of clay: terracotta, crank, porcelain and glazes and pigments, all come from the UK.
What are you working on right now?
Installations for the upcoming shows, making an imagined archeological site.
What has been your favourite dinner experience?
A Kaiseki dinner in Japan.
What excites you about tomorrow?
That it can bring anything.
What further ambitions do you have?
To make better, bigger, more meaningful work.