Nastia Calaca has always been dreaming of becoming an illustration artist. Creating intricate illustrations, reinventing beloved book characters, writing new versions of her favorite stories was all part of her childhood.One day, she unexpectedly stumbled upon ceramics. They unconditionally fell in love and have never parted since, having now been united for more than 5 years.
Living in the high-tech world of flat screens and omnipresent plastic, you could, of course, say that picking dust and mud as daily tools might somehow seem silly. Perhaps it is, but Nastia finds in this some childish joy and excitement, “like when your parents allow a four-year-old you to jump in a puddle”, says the artist.
All the personas and illustrations shaped into the teapots, pot holders, and little decorative statues started their life as flat images on the printed pages, but then they came to life as real and alive as Nastia imagined them; “you can touch, cuddle, hug, and kiss them. As for me, I even talk to my handmade fellows. We agree on the number of their fingers, color of their eyes, come up with their past and discuss their future”, says the artist.
Every such piece she creates is unique.
With hand modelling and glazing, the final result is always a surprise. Unpredictably magical changes take place in the kiln where every 10 degrees add a new exceptional effect.
All her creations travel a lot, too. Ever since she started some odd 5 years ago, her cute little beasts have been rocketing around to every corner of the world: one of the teapots has gone to Japan, another one is now in India, a dozen of plant pots and figurines have moved to the US, and many more fellows are in Sweden, UK, and Italy. At times, Nastia even envies them a little, as she can’t join them when they leave. Despite this, she doesn’t regret letting them go, as they are off to cosy homes and lovely families. ”
You can take a look in Nastia’s shop on etsy. Maybe you find a little fellow to take home with you.