About Irina Okula
As I applied slip to a pot, my brush fell and broke my work into five pieces. I told myself this might be a happy accident. I fired each piece in a separate container with different combustibles. Intrigued by the results, I continued to break my work on purpose. Each shard is decorated with terra sigillata, stamps, copper tape or wire. My work emphasizes the relationships of the pieces to each other and to the whole. I am interested in working with contrasts of light and dark and placement of line and shape. The use of abstract and recognizable image and words are important. My walks in the woods, lakes and coastal shorelines, and my childhood memories of the Rocky Mountains, influence my creative process.