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Irina Razumovskaya

MA work


Making “Post-Surface”  - Irina was inspired by a wistful longing for the post-soviet times: the subtle dilapidation of stark unadorned constructivist forms which over time have become eased and animated by their peeling layers that resemble tree bark. These soviet structures once bold and futuristic and built with uncompromising visual grammar, have through neglect and decay become lyrical.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2017

  • Irina Razumovskaya is a ceramic artist and painter. Her relationship with art was formed in her early childhood: from the age of five, she followed art and history classes at the Hermitage Museum in her hometown St. Petersburg. Another strong influence came from studying ancient languages and archaeology. This led to a love for ceramic objects of bygone eras, the classical architecture and culture. Irina tries to see herself as a maker with similar sensibilities to those of craftsmen and artists of bygone eras. 

    Irina has situated herself on the opinion that there are a number of forms and symbols which have made their home somewhere in the human subcortex. These images touch a viewer’s unconscious strings. That’s why she tends to present the viewer not with visually bright imagery or new unseen forms, but with what she sees as quasi-prehistoric and stable symbols clustered in laconic shapes, which sit in the back of every person’s mind. Those symbolically minimal images create a subtler relationship between the viewer and the artwork, intuitional and true.

    In her practice, Irina evades tacking any direct narrative, she animates minimalist constructivist architectural forms and classical shapes in her work, seeking to avoid narrow or exact images or symbols. 

  • Degrees

  • BA, MFA Fine Art Major, Ceramics Major, St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design, 2008–2014
  • Experience

  • Teaching practice, Tutor, Brighton University of Art, 2017; 4th International Ceramic Art Symposium "Ceramic Laboratory", Mark Rothko Centre, Latvia, 2016; International Ceramic Symposium Romhild, Germany, 2015; Resident artist in Künstlerhaus Stadttöpferei Neumünster, Germany, 2015; Resident artist in New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, 2015; Primitive Sense Art Festival Residency, Japan, 2014; Visiting artist at K-State University, Manhattan, USA, 2014; GICB 2013 International Ceramic Symposium Co-existence, Korea, 2013; Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory, Yerevan, Armenia, 2013; Resident artist at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Project Network, Denmark, 2012; Residency in San Bao International Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, 2012; IWCAT International Ceramic Residency, Tokoname, Japan, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Irina Razumovskaya/Ida Weith, Puls Gallery, Brussels (2 people), 2017; Emerging and Established, Christies auction house, London, 2017; Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2017; Open To Art, International Competition, Gallery Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy, 2017; International Triennale of Kogei, Kanazawa, Japan, 2017; Ritual Voilds, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy (2 people), 2016; 35 CICA International Competition of L'Alcora (Spain), 2016; Urban Milk, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan (solo), 2015; The Edge, Kunstlerhaus Stadtopferei Neumunster, Germany, 2015; 59th Faenza Prize Ceramic Competition, Italy, 2015; GICB Biennale 2015 (Honorable Mention) Korea, 2015; Come Home. Esod Cultural Centre. Saint-Petersburg (solo), 2014; International Ceramics Competition, Mino Japan, 2014; Milk and Ivy. IKEDA Galery, K-State University, USA (solo), 2014; “At first sight”, Yerevan Contemporary art museum, Yerevan, Armenia (solo), 2013; Cluj International Ceramics Biennale, Romania, 2013; The Clay, Albrectsens Galleri, Copenhagen, 2013
  • Awards

  • 1st Prize, Biennal de ceramics d’Esplugues Angelina Alos, Spain, 2016; 1st Prize for artists under 35, 8th NASPA, Ceramic Talent Award, Westerwald Museum, Germany, 2016; Honorable mention, Cluj International Ceramics Biennale, Romania, 2015; D'A Special Award, Silver Medal, of 59th Faenza Prize Ceramic Competition, Italy, 2015; 1st Prize International Triennial of Silicate Art, Hungary, 2014; Honorable mention, International Ceramics Competition, Mino Japan, 2014
  • Publications

  • CFile, 2016; DAMN Magazine, 2016; CFile, 2016 Irina Razumovskaya takes first place,; Segno, Ritual voids, 2016; Ceramics Now Magazine, 2015 , Issue 3, 110–112; Baltia Project Magazine, 2015, Issue 24.; tutdesign online magazine, 2015 ,