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Mirka was born in the former Czechoslovakia and came to live in England in Summer 1993. In July 1999 she graduated from the University of Westminster (Harrow campus) a BA (Hons) in Workshop ceramics. She then went on to set up her pottery studio and built an out-door Salt-glaze kiln. Since then she has exhibited throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
It is Mirka's strong belief that creative practice is a state of continuous progression, the prerequisite for which is an open mind allowing everything and everyone to be a potential influence. "The more I work with clay the more I notice that it is not just the skill that creates but also the maker's personality and life's circumstances. My work is a reflection of myself at this point in my creative life."
As a result of an MA at Bath Spa University Mirka's focus now is principally on colour. In order to do this effectively she has reached out and away from ceramics and looked for inspiration in the study of colour theory.
Her forms are designed to act as a vehicle for the colour they display. Each colour is given autonomy through clearly defined forms. Installations of simple bowls express chromatic diversity and its juxtapositions. These juxtapositions in turn explore visual effects. The use of the colour evokes centrifugal and centripetal movement, the sensations of pulsating and fluttering, and the illusions of the individual objects advancing or retreating from the eye. Particular combinations of colour exploit the eye's propensity to see afterimages. These physical responses contribute to the current discourse on colour in ceramics.
The drinking vessels on the other hand offer the user enjoyment of one colour at a time, with the colour being applied to the inside of the vessel. When displayed together these cups play a subtle game in presenting a dilemma for the person who wishes to choose one, and Mirka's particular fascination lies in the conscious and unconscious motivation behind that choice. Colours have personal meanings for us all.