Inside KaroArt's Dolphin's Barn Studio
Delve into the hypnotic and relaxing studio of Karolina Grudniewska where she turns and paints her fairytale-inspired ceramics.
For the November/December issue of Image Interiors & Living, we visited KaroArt's studio, which is tucked away on a Dublin 8 laneway. Known for her fine lines and playful illustration, Karolina's work sings with simplicity and humour.
After working as an English teacher in Poland, Karolina quickly realised it wasn't the job she wanted and after a move to Ireland, she began working as a florist, which brought out her undiscovered creative flair.
After receiving a gift of some clay, the addiction quickly grew into a thriving small business for Karolina, creating ceramic plates, bowls and other vessels with her signature pastel colours, gold leaf, and whimsical drawings. Inspired by the characters of traditional fairy tales, as well as the natural environment that surrounds her, the potter has an extensive process for making each individual piece. "For the cups, once the clay have been poured and left for a while, I create the shape, add the handle and paint it," she explains. "Then it sits on the shelf to dry for two to four weeks. It then goes into the kiln, I sketch on it, I glaze it, it goes back into the kiln, I apply the gold and, finally, it goes back into the kiln for the third time."
Learn all about Karolina's handmade process in our studio visit, above.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY Gavin Hartigan