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Alissa Volchkova

MA work

The Beautiful Unperfect

My work combines the use of ceramic and glass mediums. I am fascinated by their similar and contradictory characteristics of being solid and static, and at the same time liquid and malleable. The notion of movement is essential for me. I am trying to crystallise and decompose it by revisiting traditional industrial methods of production – such as mould making – and revealing their unique aspects by disrupting and breaking these rigid, perfect and predictable processes. I have to find a dialogue with the material by letting it express itself and without forcing it – which means to accept a part of its unpredictability. I have to adapt to it, but also to control it at the right moment.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2016

  • The process defines my work rather than the result. I am experimenting and revisiting the industrial processes of mould making – that I mostly use, and trying to reveal their unique aspects. I like the paradoxical idea of turning the rigid, repetitive modes of production into something unique, irregular and unpredictable, in order to make exclusive objects in series.

  • Degrees

  • MA Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Art & Design, 2010; BA Interior Architecture and Product Design, Ecole Camondo, Paris, France, 2008; Graphic Arts, ESAG Penninghen, Paris, 2005
  • Experience

  • Interior architect, AB Consult Group, Moscow, 2010–13; Internship, Gilles & Boissier, Paris, 2009 ; Internship, Dmitry Dolgoy Studio, Moscow, 2008 ; Internship, Reymond Langton Yacht Design Studio, London, 2007 ; Internship, Jean-Rémy Couradette, Paris, 2006
  • Awards

  • Second Prize, Kombi Design, Paris, 2009
  • Publications

  • Alissa Volchkova, The liquid Series, Designboom, 20 June 2016