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Pavla Vachunová

Pavla Vachunová Ceramicist
Contact
Czech, English, German
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+420 774154258
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Staying true to her roots

  • • Pavla fell in love with ceramics as a teenager
  • • A man once composed a poem inspired by her work
  • • She regularly teaches high school and university students

The works of Pavla Vachunová evoke fertile soil and fresh air. One can easily imagine her clay and porcelain pieces growing right from the ground: a vase with thorns, flowers cast in porcelain, a surface resembling needles, a bowl shaped by apples. This rich harvest derives from Pavla's birthplace, the Horňácko region, a world unto itself with unique folklore, where rural architecture sits among vast meadows, orchards and mountains. "I spent my joyful childhood there. And this strong feeling of homely happiness still accompanies me," Pavla says. "I may travel all around the world, but these mighty roots nourish me with inspiration and power." Her objects resemble the first blooms after winter – seemingly fragile, but strong enough to make their way through the snow.

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Works

  • © Anna Pleslová
  • © Tyformy - Pavla Vachunová
  • © Veronika Raffajová
  • © Veronika Raffajová
  • © Karolína Némethová
Photo: © Anna Pleslová
Dekopr collection – plates

The Dekopr collection combines the basic forms of traditional rustic tableware with three-dimensional ornamentation made by etching patterns into the plaster moulds used to cast the porcelain. The plates were then finished by applying cobalt pigment in different intensities. Pavla drew inspiration from winter landscapes and the patterns left by pine needles on the snow.

Length 17.5 cm
Width 17.5 cm
Height 2.2 cm
Length 29 cm
Width 29 cm
Height 2.5 cm

Photo: © Tyformy - Pavla Vachunová
Les Piquantes collection – bowl

The collection Les Piquantes found its inspiration in the unexpected world of textiles. Reinforcements, sticks and padding were randomly mixed with selected elastic materials which were then stretched out with strings. These models were then fixed, covered with latex and pressed into plaster. The design was created from the inside out and resulted in elegant porcelain thorns.

Length 23 cm
Width 16 cm
Height 3 cm

Photo: © Veronika Raffajová
Duchess collection – necklace

The geometrical Duchess collection was inspired by Renaissance collar ornaments and aims to present modern versions of the period’s distinctive accessories. These semicircular porcelain necklaces, bracelets and belts are plated in a 10 percent solution of gold and platinum and complemented by pieces of pleated textile.

Length 12 cm
Width 2 cm
Height 2 cm

Photo: © Veronika Raffajová
Dekopr collection – bowl

The Dekopr collection combines the basic forms of traditional rustic tableware with three-dimensional ornamentation made by etching patterns into the plaster moulds used to cast the porcelain. Pavla drew inspiration from winter landscapes and the patterns left by pine needles on the snow.

Length 17 cm
Width 17 cm
Height 5 cm

Photo: © Karolína Némethová
Les Piquantes collection – vase

The collection Les Piquantes found its inspiration in the unexpected world of textiles. Reinforcements, sticks and padding were randomly mixed with selected elastic materials which were then stretched out with strings. These models were then fixed, covered with latex and pressed into plaster. The design was created from the inside out and resulted in elegant porcelain thorns.

Length 13 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 14 cm
Length 10 cm
Height 32 cm
Width 10 cm

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