My life in Russia was influenced by the art that can be found everywhere in Saint Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as well as by the wild beauty of the Russian forests and lakes at my family summer cabin. In all of my years as a potter living in America, my artistic vision has evolved to a desire to fuse art with nature. I try to create functional art that evokes nature’s forms and
colors, and that offers utility and inspiration when brought into a home. I want my pots to attract and captivate your imagination just like an interesting rock, fruit or a wildflower that you came across while hiking. They seem pleasant, thoughsimple at first sight, but the longer you look, the more you are intrigued by the beauty and complexity of colors and textures. When I am at my wheel, I try to
bridge the gap between art and nature by creating works that engage all of one’s senses. The creative process at the wheel, and gambling with the flames, seem to be a metaphor for life: you dream, you strive, and life surprises you… The bulk of my work nowadays is fired in an electric kiln in my home studio, with a selected amount of pots coming from a large wood kiln fired with a group of other local potters. People often comment that there is a wide range to my ceramic works, which makes sense as they reflect my creative journey and growth. Clay is my joy and my adventure, and my work is an endless exploration of form, texture and color.
Polina Miller is a ceramic artist working in the Metro DC area. She grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she formed a deep appreciation of the importance of art in everyday life. While she was earning a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Saint Petersburg Technological University, her thoughts always returned to art. She discovered clay while getting over the culture shock of moving to the United States to join her husband. She learned to speak clay and to speak English at the same time. Over time, her artistic vision has evolved to create functional art that reflects forms inspired by nature. Her goal is to create pieces that catch your eye, but that also draw you in with a desire to touch, to imagine her works having a place in your everyday life. Working with clay is Polina’s joy and her adventure. Her work is an endless exploration of form, texture and color. She tries to make each piece truly unique, as every choice leads her a step further in her creative journey.
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