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Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaiceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva – fairy-tales, mythical illusions, and a celebration of the majesty of nature. It is a truly work of art, and can be admired in the Hermitage, Russia. Irina Zaiceva was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1957. She graduated from Moscow Art Institute in 1982, specializing in Book Illustration. At the age of 33 she emigrated to the United States with her family. Irina began experimenting with ceramic sculptures immediately after graduation. Her work earned popularity through the use of unique techniques. All of her works are created using high-fire porcelain, over-glaze as well as under-glaze colors, 18K or 24K gold luster, and love for the smallest details. Irina begins creating a sculpture without knowing how the story ends. She rarely does a sketch for a piece beforehand. Her initial goal is to create an intriguing shape. When the object is completed, Irina determines what the shape suggests in terms of colors, spaces, painting, and gold luster. Her creative process is always an improvisation.

Anaxia Constricia Cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Anaxia Constricia Cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

The porcelain clay allows Irina Zaitceva to paint in much greater detail than other clay bodies as she adds layer upon layer of paint followed by firing after firing. The gold luster, reminiscent of Byzantine icons, is the last application. The magnificent detail of each piece keeps the viewer deeply engaged, making discovery after discovery.

Anaxia Constricia Cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Anaxia Constricia Cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Carnival Teapot. Hand-built porcelain, overglaze painting, 24k gold luster

Carnival Teapot. Hand-built porcelain, overglaze painting, 24k gold luster

Eunuch Resting (4 cups, 1 monkey figurine and 1 carpet stand). Hand-built porcelain, overglaze painting, 24k gold luster

Eunuch Resting (4 cups, 1 monkey figurine and 1 carpet stand). Hand-built porcelain, overglaze painting, 24k gold luster

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaiceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

Kiss vase. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Kiss vase. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Lotus shoes at leisure. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Lotus shoes at leisure. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Madame Butterfly Chio Chio San (Four cups). Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Madame Butterfly Chio Chio San (Four cups). Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Magnolia Boy, cup, 2015

Magnolia Boy, cup, 2015. Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Magnolia Boy, cup, 2015

Magnolia Boy, cup, 2015. Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Metamorphose teapot. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Metamorphose teapot. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Porcelain by Irina Zaitceva

Sagittarius cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Sagittarius cup. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Twins teapot. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Twins teapot. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Venetian date Double Vase. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster

Venetian date Double Vase. Hand-built porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Artist Irina Zaitceva

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