ZHENI is a ceramic design studio. Started my professional career as an architect and later as an interior designer, I continue to work with space now by placing my objects in it. Mostly I work with clay as with one of the ancient and natural material human worked with. The perception of the way material got through the thousands of years in different cultures all around the globe gives me a dose of inspiration. Also, I’m inspired by brutalist architecture and contemporary urban and landscape design. Paying attention to relationships between human and nature on the city site, making connections between different natural phenomenas give me an opportunity to achieve unobvious results during the design process. My works may be characterized by the purity of form, naturalness, and minimalism in colors. The design method can be described as a practice-led exploration of harmony between form, texture and natural color of the material to create sculptural and functional objects hand-made and fired in Studio in Bratislava.
I'm a child of post-Soviet Russia. So I appreciate soviet postmodernist and brutalist architecture. I associate myself with an aesthetic of pure material textured impressive forms, making my objects massive, tactile, and sensory.
Describe your creative process.
I respect clay and work like with a partner in the constant dialog. I never make tests giving trust. There cannot be a mistake- all processes and results are right with that material. I always give space to material, not totally controlling it.
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