Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerbi Tsesarskaia.
Gerbi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Zsitomir, Ukraine. After graduating from the Marine Technical University of St. Petersburg in 1980 with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, for four years, I worked as an electrical engineer at “Elektrosila” Research Institute. In 1985, I moved to Budapest, Hungary, got married and made a sharp turn in my career. After learning Hungarian, I worked first as an art books seller, then later as a translator-interpreter, as well as a marionette puppet maker at the Budapest National Puppet Theater. In 1990, I moved to Florida where my husband pursued his doctoral studies in musicology at the University of Miami. In 1994, I joined the Ceramic League of Miami. At the CLM I first took, later taught courses in wheel throwing. In 2002, I was accepted to the graduate program at Florida Atlantic University and graduated with an M.F.A. in ceramics in 2005. After a brief period of teaching at FAU, I moved my studio to the Bakehouse Art Complex, where I currently work as an independent artist. From August 2009, I have been teaching ceramics courses at the University of Miami as a part-time lecturer. I have participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including two world competitions in Korea and Romania. My work has been included in many private and corporate collections and three museum collections in Korea, Spain and Romania.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road is never smooth. I had to find suitable place to work with the possibility to fire my work in a real fuel burning kiln. It was not easy. Eventually, Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood Art District turned out to be an ideal setting for me. Luckily, I was accepted by the jurors and was able to rent a studio there.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Gerbi’s ceramic art – what should we know?
I am an artist working with porcelain. The world emerging from the interaction of nature and the creative human spirit is the greatest source of inspiration for my work. Composite memories of pine- and cedar-covered hills surrounding the Baikal lake in Siberia, of the stillness of Armenian mountains, of the watery grays, pale blues and pinks of St. Petersburg’s magnificent buildings, of the curves of its countless rivers, canals and bridges – all of these find their reflection in the forms and colors of my work. The techniques I developed to shape the forms resemble or imitate the workings of the natural forces: fierce winds, huge bodies of water and all-penetrating sand dunes, which can wear away and transform huge rocks. The medium I use is grolleg porcelain fired either in soda or reduction gas kilns. Quite often, I take my work through a number of firings, combining both methods, until I reach the desired effect. In essence, my intention is to breathe life into a man-made object and to give it the appearance of a creature blending into a natural environment, be it a sea shore, a forest or a river bank. My signature sculptural pieces are “Rocking or rolling” bowls. These “rolling/rocking bowls” devoid of traditional footing are not grounded so to speak in traditional way. Their ability to move or rock gently gives them a certain dynamic and animated freedom. Despite making the impression of instability, they maintain a balance and could be used for a practical purpose. I create these forms as metaphoric expression of my experience as an immigrant, who was uprooted yet able to find a sense of balance and purpose in today’s highly dysfunctional world.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Dedication to my chosen medium, passion for innovation and resistance to repetition.
- The prices of my work range from $10 to $2000.00
- Address: 561 NW 32 Street, Bakehouse Art Complex, Studio #23
Miami, FL 33127
- Website: www.gerbitsesarskaia.com
- Phone: 9547016910
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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