Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand 'Mona Lisa' for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand Mona Lisa for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Miniature bronze sculptures made by Moscow based artist of applied art Pavel Zaitsev remind of the old days of palace intrigues and magnificent balls. The bronze figures are striking in their realism and artistic performance – whether it’s French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (1981 film “The Professional), or Mikhail Boyarsky as D’Artagnan. For more than 10 years Pavel Zaitsev has been engaged in manufacturing miniature bronze figurines as stands for wine glasses, vases, and glasses. During this time he has made more than a hundred of models. The combination of bronze and cut glass (crystal) looks extremely beautiful. Master combines crystal with other metals and hot casting. These are silver and nickel silver, brass, and even gold. Made in vintage style glasses associated with palace luxury – they are sought and aristocratic, worthy of the palace interior.
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Self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Angels work hard and when they go to sleep they see dreams .. What angels dream. Clay sculpture by self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Angels work hard and when they go to sleep they see dreams .. What angels dream? Clay sculpture by self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Irina Tyulneva is a self-taught ceramic artist from Russia. She lives in the village of Chervishevo 22 km from Tyumen in a big house full of children, cats and dogs. In a creative world of art she is a beginner. Irina finds inspiration in her surroundings: farmland, river, forest, her children, lullaby at night, cat sitting on the windows, poplars in her street, bench in her garden, the patterns of frost on the non-plastic windows. These simple things so dear to her turn into creativity. Ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva is a mother of three beautiful children – a daughter and two sons. For her, it is important to invest meaning into the work, to engage not only the hearts, but also the thoughts of viewers. The biggest of her work made in clay – the goddess of joy and laughter, as tall as a man. Irina Tyulneva is in a world of good. Something elusive sets her apart from everyone else. She is very talented, and works have a soul.
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Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov is one of those unknown geniuses whose name will be known sooner or later. He is the author of awesome pieces of art – very interesting, elegant, unusual. Information about him on the net is not enough: “born in Moscow in 1967, where he lives to this day” – that’s all. But the miracle begins when you start to look at his work, and then you find out that…. dealing with virtuoso master. All his work is alive, breathing and fascinating. The jeweler works not only with noble metals, and brass in his hands gets rich shades of patina. Playing with polished and oxidized surface, he, as if the artist on paper, draws light and shadow. Among his works – rings, brooches, thimbles and charming beads. But the scale, of course decorative compositions – Paintings in the metal.
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Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

Frog. Jasper, eye of quartz, tiger eye. Art by Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

Frog. Jasper, eye of quartz, tiger eye, dolerite. Art by Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

For Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko it was clear even in 1981, that stone cutting art would be his way of life. He chose to enter the local college, where he could study the specialty of stone cutting art. In the early 1990s, a master stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko together with other artists stone cutters organized a small company – “Yakhont and Co”. Their stone cutters worked in the traditional Russian genre, and their business was one of the first in Yekaterinburg in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, Dmitry Emelyanenko left the company and organized his own artistic stone-cutting workshop. Since that time, the master stone-cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko will execute stone-cutting work in the genre of animalism. At the same time with working in his workshop, the artist participated in various art exhibitions – regional, national and international exhibitions of art of stone carving. Dmitry Emelyanenko received numerous diplomas for creative achievement in the art of stone cutting. In 2010 the artist was awarded the Order of stone cutter for outstanding achievements in the preservation and development of the best traditions of the Russian stone cutting art.
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Makedonska Ceramic Art

Bird in a tree. Makedonska Ceramic Art

Bird in a tree. Makedonska Ceramic Art

Makedonska Ceramic Art is a family business run by Bulgarian ceramic artists Blagovesta and Aleksandar Makedonsky. The artists have created a gorgeous collection of unique ceramic tiles. Their colorful ceramics – hand painted enameled tiles, wall clocks, figurines and sculptures. Ceramics, if not broken, can be stored for thousands of years! Any plate can be a message to eternity! Makedonska Ceramic Art unique tiles can be used anywhere – in the kitchen, as the wall plates; in the living room as a piece of furniture; in the nursery as a panel; in the bathroom as a set for washing, in the interior of cafes, clubs and restaurants as an art objects, and so on. Blagovesta and her husband Alexander live and work in Sofia, they exhibit their artworks throughout Bulgaria – in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and sell their ceramic creations on Etsy (Makedonska Ceramic Art shop).
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Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Khan woman. Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Khan woman. Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family
About the world famous jeweler Dashi Namdakov and his masterpieces I wrote in one of the previous publications. No less talented are the other members of his family – his parents, brothers and sisters, all of them are the brightest and original artists. This post is about their unique collection of dolls with the distinctive features of thousand-year-old Buryat heroic epics. Relatives of Dashi began creating dolls more than 10 years ago, the first doll appeared in 2005. Total created more than fifty dolls, and they are sold to private collections. Dolls – mysterious characters of ancient legends and traditions, designed as sculptures, in stylized national costumes and historical attributes of the Buryat epic. Each doll is unique, there is no similar, everything is made by hand, including the patterns on fabrics. The figures are static, but each of them has a certain character and a refined attitude – typical plastic.
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Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Intricate patterns of interlacing branches, treetops, shape and density of the foliage create a special tree architecture. This very architecture has become the main inspiration for the British textile artist Lesley Richmond. She spends some time with her camera in the forest, fully absorbed in communication with the giants of the vegetable world – trees. Most of the trees in the winter lose their leaves and reveal to her the mystery of their fate. Curlicue trunks and branches are able to tell Lesley Richmond, an experienced observer, about the most important stages of the tree life, tell about the conditions in which the tree grows. For Lesley Richmond every detail is important, nothing remains unnoticed. All she has to do after observation – to document the details with a camera, then transfer images onto textile by printing them on cloth; next important step – eliminate the selected background areas, and finally, paint with metal patinas and pigments.
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Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko. Portrait in Russian tradition

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko as a Sirin bird. Portrait in Russian tradition

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko (01.23.1939, Leningrad – 28.01.2010, Novokuznetsk) – painter, theater artist. She graduated from Palekh Art School (1957-1962); Diploma – a casket painted on the themes of Russian folk songs; Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in “painter and sculptor of Puppet Theater” (1971); diploma work – creation of sets and puppets for the play “Forest Song” by Lesya Ukrainka. Albertina Fomchenko lived and worked in Novokuznetsk from 1975 to 2010. She began participating in exhibitions in 1986, directed the school of lacquer miniature in the city of Novokuznetsk (1994-1995). She worked in folk art traditions. In many of her paintings can be seen mythological Sirin bird, a symbol of national traditions, and a kind of her talisman.
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Polymer Clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Dandelions. Cold porcelain and Polymer clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Dandelions. Cold porcelain and Polymer clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Polymer Clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Onсe upon a time, a bright sun woke up earlier than usual and decided to see how beautiful the Earth is. So, looking here and there, it dropped golden rays on the earth. And in the place where the beam touched the ground, grew a dandelion. Since then, dandelion is so loved by the sun, that it still looks after the delicate sunny flower, warming it with its rays. Ceramic floristry is part of life of Moscow based artist of decorative art, florist, jeweler and craftswoman Natalia Nevrova. Creating realistic flowers of polymer clay is a favorite hobby, to which, according to the artist, she “unfortunately can’t give enough time”. Natalia is also interested in creating jewelry from semi-precious stones, hair ornaments with flowers of polymer clay.
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Gingerbread Terem Fairytale

Gingerbread Terem Fairytale - Food art by Vera Chernevich

Gingerbread Terem Fairytale – Food art by Vera Chernevich

Gingerbread Terem Fairytale – Food art by Vera Chernevich

Fairytale wedding tower with the prince and the princess, who live in the fabulous Far Far Away kingdom, was made for a wonderful Russian wedding couple instead of a traditional wedding cake. Sugar cockerel and flags on the domes and turrets, carved banister of sugar in passages between the towers, different in architecture and mural towers and domes – exquisite detailed project! The entire project, sketches, drawings, patterns were made by the talented gingerbread artist Vera Chernevich. “I love Russian architecture, wooden towers, Russian fairy tales, so I created great this project with pleasure, in spite of the enormous amount of work on the development, baking, decorating”. But the result – gingerbread miracle was worth it!
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