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Irina Salmina

Irina Salmina Ceramicist
Contact
Georgian, English, Russian, Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+995 593556673
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Bringing science to ceramics

  • • Irina graduated with a degree in Information Technology
  • • She enjoys experimenting with unusual surfaces and textures
  • • She received an award at the International Symposium of Ceramics

Having a background in computer technologies, Tbilisi-based ceramicist Irina Salmina first encountered clay thanks to the well-known ceramicist Gigisha Pachkoria. “I was so passionate about ceramics that I quit my office job and dedicated myself to the craft. My profession has nurtured in me a love of challenges and innovation, helping me to experiment with new sculpting techniques.” In 2017, Irina launched her workshop “Mess Ceramic”, where she tries to erase borders and challenge the traditional perception of ceramics by transforming ceramic works into decorative objects, compositions, sculptures and wall installations. “I have a great interest in working on unusual surfaces and textures.” Irina has participated in a number of local and international symposiums and exhibitions. In 2019, she received an award at the International Symposium of Ceramics, organised by the National Centre of Ceramic Art: Sidi Kacem Jelizi.

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Works

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Nude shell

Nude shell is a sculptural earthenware work from Irina Salmina’s Shells series. The shape is formed like the opening of an anemone, with an overall form of a flower petal with jagged edges. Both interior and exterior are carved with lines that echo the shape and give the illusion of movement. The exterior of the shell has a beige-pink colour and soft sandy texture created with an experimental glaze.

Length 35 cm
Width 26 cm
Height 14 cm

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Reptile shell

Reptile shell is a sculptural earthenware work from Irina Salmina’s Shells series in matte black. The ceramic form has an asymmetric conical bowl-like dynamic shape, changing on each side with a ragged opening. It is reminiscent of a reptile shell that has landed on its back and is decorated with an abstract dotted pattern consisting of closely placed dots with areas of smoothness between – like lace.

Length 42 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 21 cm

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Vintage shell

Vintage shell is a spiral-shaped sculptural earthenware work which echoes the shape of a wave. The exterior has a velvet experimental texture in a rich emerald-green colour. The interior has a smooth, eroded gold surface with melted glass inside. Both the interior and exterior are carved with lines that echo the shape of the piece. Created using mixed techniques, it is a nature inspired improvisation and experiment on textures.

Length 25 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 11 cm

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Volcanic shell

Volcanic shell is a conical ceramic sculptural work crafted from earthenware and glazes. The overall shape is a rounded point at one end of the overall oval, with the other point appearing to have been torn off. It has been given a texture using a mix of various improvised techniques. The exterior of the shell has a deep caramel-coloured mirror glaze and a burnt effect made with a transition to a dark grey velvety texture at the edges of the opening, mimicking cooled lava rock.

Length 33 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 14 cm

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Wild souls

Wild souls is a composition of two ceramic sculptural works from Irina Salmina’s Shells series, handcrafted from earthenware and glazes. The forms are conceived as a dialogue between two entities, two bodies and two souls. Created using various mixed techniques, the shapes resemble that of half of a butterfly wing when looking from above.

Length 36 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 12.5 cm

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