Sylwia Kolasinska

A fascination for ceramics was kindled from the first moment I touched clay in 2004. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and have experience working in other mediums such as stained glass, but it was clay that truly got under my skin. As there were no courses available and literature was hard to come by I began by experimenting and exploring what I could do at home alone.

Clay work inspires me in ways I’ve never had before: wherever I look, I see potential for art and expression, every leaf is a perfect mould for my next sculpture, every piece of tree bark would create a fascinating piece if pressed into clay. My fascination with ceramics constantly evolves, incorporating all the knowledge and experience which I’ve gained throughout the years. Over the next few years I explored the limited opportunities in Poland to develop my understanding, skills and techniques by developing a network of local pottersand seeking advice and support.

As a self-taught potter I learned by understanding my mistakes, I experimented with a lot of different pottery techniques, hand building, slip casting and throwing. I explored glazing and firing somewhat randomly due to the limitations of the old kiln I installed in my living room. I visited (polish Potter) in summer 2006 and saw his work fired in a wood fired kiln. I was immediately excited and drawn to this firing technique, experiencing firing of pieces in a Tongkama kiln remains a highlight in my life. The pieces created in this way were absorbing, not immediately obvious.

For me, the work becomes something that needs to be thought about, studied and understood. I find working with fire enthralling and know this is the way forward for me as a potter. Since then I have been striving to learn about and experience the wood firing process. I have built several Raku kilns, the most recent, built in an old oil drum, works quite well. My work is an area where I encounter the original, primordial, pristine matter: the element of earth and water, the element of fire and air and my studio becomes an arena of alchemical transformation which I find endlessly inspiring and enthralling.

Wheelthrowing 90%
Design 70%
Handbuilding 70%
Woodfiring 50%


– Member of Scottish Potters Association

– Associate member of Craft Potters Association

– Founder (currently honorary) member of Glino-Kolektyw Association, Szczecin, Poland


11th – 23th October 2014 Individual pottery exhibition at Merkat Shopping Centre in Kirkcaldy

11th October – 2nd November 2014 Scottish Studio Pottery. Celebrating the diversity of work by Potters and Ceramic Artists working in South East Scotland.


Selected Clients

Gardener’s Cottage | Edinburgh – plates, mugs, bowls

MV Norrona | Faroe Islands – bowls, plates, mugs for Viking themed cruise

Sylwia's works