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Yaro Zabavskiy

Born: 1990

Hometown: Dilijan

Based in: Dilijan, Armenia

Yaro Zabavskiy attended United World College in Wales, UK and went on to study Studio Arts at Earlham College, IN, USA, where he has discovered a passion for ceramics and analogue photography.

His body of work contains ceramic vessels and sculptures with textures that reference the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Armenia. The solidity of rock formations and the ephemerality of the seasons imbue his practice. The techniques he uses encourage the development of various textures on the surface of his pieces. Yaro enjoys both throwing on the wheel and hand building and often uses combinations of several making methods.

He believes that tactile relationship with the objects that surround us is particularly important in the age of scrolling and swiping. As an artist he enjoys working with his hands and finds satisfaction in the ability to create works that people want to pick up and touch.


More About Yaro Zabavskiy

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Landscapes and waterscapes that surround me, nature's textures and colors. I am also very much inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese ceramics which emphasizes the beauty of accidents.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

In my work I am exploring the space where the visual meets the tactile. I approach ceramics as a form of spiritual practice by finding balance between control and letting go. It is always a challenge to make things look natural and organic as it requires a peaceful mind.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Textured, earthy, natural

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Shoji Michikawa, Patricia Shone, Kaneta Masanao, Akiko Hirai

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Pottery wheel

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

"Talent is overrated, work hard"

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I always turn to nature for inspiration. It is the major influence on my work.

Collections Featuring Yaro Zabavskiy

1 Collection

Vases and Vessels

Vases and Vessels

56 Artists, 99 Products

Last updated: December 1, 2022



Earlham College

United States of America, 2014