My recent work explores the sculptural possibilities of the covered jars, teapot and bowl form. I assemble pots from thrown and extruded parts, that could be looked at in many different ways that allow continued exploration between form and function. The interplay of these elements may emphasize their function, or it may conceal it, sometimes visually diminishing the expected parts, sometimes repeating them unrelated to the conventional use.
In my surface treatment I make references to other materials, most often metal and stone. I am interested in different media and how they can be emulated and reinterpreted using basic studio pottery techniques: throwing on the wheel and hand building on one side, and extensive glaze testing on the other.
Maja Padrov was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, and moved to Fredericton in 1997. In 2001, she graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, with Diploma in Studio Pottery. Maja has attended numerous workshops in New Brunswick, United States, Italy, France and Serbia. She was the recipient of several awards and grants including The New Brunswick Arts Board grants for Creation, Travel and Professional Development.
Maja has a studio practice in Gagetown, New Brunswick since 2003, and also works as a part-time instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Serbia and France.