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Zsófia Karsai

  • Ceramicist
  • Telki, Hungary
  • Master Artisan
Zsófia Karsai Ceramicist
Hungarian, English
By appointment only
+36 302308414
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Objects offering passageways to introspection

  • • Zsófia created ceramic pots for her dolls as a child
  • • She thinks creation is a way leading to self-awareness
  • • For her a well made piece is immaculate from all angles

In her childhood, ceramicist Zsófia Karsai spent summers on an idyllic country farm, it was here that she first experienced the joy of creating pots out of muddy soil. Now, as an artist, she shapes ceramic sculptures and breath-taking art pieces, which carry her iconic, individual artistic style. She draws inspiration from the ordinary and things that impact us every day, like a catchy melody or the architecture surrounding us. Zsófia is fond of Buddhism, the teachings of which are present in her art, and also believes that all the pieces she creates must be flawless. Nowadays, she forms sculptures and wall art in her home studio for individual orders, and enjoys the flow that comes with the process of creation, breaking the confines of space and time.

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Photo: ©Tibor Mester
Permanency of change

This teetering sculpture is made of black clay. Zsófia Karsai built the body of the sculpture from narrow, thin strips of clay. It looks like a curved, closed ribbon. On the top of the sculpture you can see stylized figures, a couple. The sculpture symbolises the volatility of a relationship: it is out of balance and then stable again. The blue line on the edge of the sculpture highlights the undulating form of the sculpture.

Length 34 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 30 cm

Photo: ©Tibor Mester

This sculpture consisting of two abstract figures was built by Zsófia Karsai from tiny black clay bricks. She created one of them by leaving a gap between the bricks: this gap allows you to see through the ribbon-like body of the sculpture. The other ribbon-like body is not openwork, but has a nice rhythm of red glaze on some bricks. The two pieces can be put together, on top of and next to each other, to get a different mood of the sculpture.

Length 32 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 36 cm

Photo: ©Tibor Mester
Inside and outside

This oval-shaped sculpture was built by Zsófia Karsai with tiny black bricks. The smallest side of each brick is blue. The blue ends of one row of bricks were placed inside, and outside in the next one. This way of laying the bricks created a special rhythm. The inside refers to the outside and vice versa.

Length 30 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 28 cm

Photo: ©Tibor Mester

Zsófia Karsai built the sculpture with small, broken surface beige bricks. On the outer surface of the body there are protruding elements in a regular rhythm, with an orange surface. The ribbon-like body, resembling the letter C, almost carves out a piece of the space.

Length 18 cm
Width 5 cm
Height 25 cm

Photo: ©Tibor Mester

This oval-shaped sculpture was built from thin strips of black clay. In the lower right part of the sculpture, the monotone surface is broken by a tiny blue ball that contributes to a huge change. Zsófia Karsai made this sculpture after the outbreak of the pandemic. There are two possible interpretations, one is that a small system failure can cause a huge change, the other is that life wants to live, and it cannot be closed behind bars.

Length 28 cm
Width 8 cm
Height 31 cm

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