Victoria Kavalerov came to the USA 20 years ago and now lives in Pennsylvania. She was introduced to ceramics by a new friend and discovered an unknown happy "self". All these years she was associated with Art Centers in the Philadelphia suburbs. Making mostly functional ceramics, she is trying to provoke the viewer to make up images for each piece: a summer breeze in the forest, the stormy sky over a city, a Roman general, a peasant girl. Her process of making pottery is an ability to enjoy the creative process freely, without fear of doing wrong, with absolute certainty in success.
Something you may not know about Victoria...
What's the most exotic place you've ever visited?
"I was born in USSR. Isn't that enough?"
AND - she has a wonderful sense of humor!
You can see photos of Victoria's ceramics on her page.
Sarah Dressler, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Crafts/Metals. Her focus in college was largely on jewelry and no matter what medium she is working in she continues to work on a jewelers scale to this day. She discovered art dolls in 2001 and fell in love with the infinite variety of materials and styles that can be incorporated into these small sculptures. Sarah does not feel tied to the classical human form and delights in drawing new patterns for her dolls creating new silhouettes and playing with proportions; creating characters and new anthropomorphic creatures. Not content with the generic doll stand she has recently been creating small worlds for her dolls to inhabit, adding layers to the dolls personality.
Since art school she has worked in variety of mediums and in a variety of styles. When her children were young she was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was given the highest possible awards for her contributions to the scribal arts. It was within the SCA that she rediscovered the art of calligraphy. Sarah has been demonstrating the art of calligraphy and illumination as a featured artist at the Medieval Festival and the Sacred Arts Festivals at the Glen Cairn Museum, in Bryn Athyn, PA since 2009.
Robin Burrucker has been an artist since she was big enough to hold a crayon. Having grown up along the shores of the Chesapeake among a family that loved nature and the outdoors, it was natural that her artwork followed in those footsteps. As well as painting, Robin enjoys graphite pencil drawing and photography. Her subjects are always those that walk, swim, crawl or fly. She loves nature and tries to
capture the spirit of each animal she draws or paints. Many of Robin’s renderings reflect some moment experienced that has given her great joy. Her newest endeavor is painting on feathers. If anyone had told her she would be spending her springtime dissecting turkey tails and wings, they would have gotten “that look”. But here she is painting on feathers, her own small contribution to recycling. And what better way to portray nature than on a piece of nature itself? Robin handles each feather from beginning to end, procuring, cleaning and repairing it. They are remarkably fragile, but amazingly resilient. Each feather is used regardless of nicks or flaws. She finds perfection in the imperfect. For Robin, they are more interesting and alive with those little “flaws”.
Something you may not know about Robin...
If your work were edible, what would it taste like?
If my artwork were edible what would it taste like? Ah, I chuckle and have the urge to say, "roast turkey." But, "nah, I cant' say that!" Hmm...I would have to say a salad. Everything of the earth, organic. Fresh, with fruits and vegetables lending their wide variety of tastes, colors and textures. The dressing would be the emotions or the subject; strong, spicy, mild, sweet, intriguing, a never ending choice of flavors. Yep, definitely a salad!