In Search of Spaces and Forms

Ceramicist Masha Egorova on the advantages of rural life and road trips.

Maria Egorova creates intricate ceramic pieces, favoring exuberant forms and rich textures over functional design. Here, she meditates on the perks of living outside the city and her future road trip to the mountains of Crimea.

I was born and raised in Moscow. Gradually I began moving away from the city's center – to a park area at first, then a suburb only reachable by bus. I have now managed to get out of the city and have moved to the Moscow region. I have no idea where I’ll be heading next, but I hope it won't be too far away.

Last year I used to commute back and forth between work or meetings and the country house at which I was staying. My discipline improved greatly over that time – there was always a train, a bus, the fireplace and some wood, heating and other stuff you don't care about in the city. There's also a sort of an inner discipline – a sense of calm and an ability to see what's important. When it comes to ceramics, being in the city sometimes compels you to add countless details to the objects. But out there in the country, there's a constant need for structure and calm.

Another space I occupied for some time last year is my father's apartment, while he was away. Staying in an apartment that is neither yours nor rented gives the peculiar feeling of not quite being home and tends to influence perception of light and colors. As you move on to an urban apartment of your own, you begin to remember other tones and variations. The color may be the same, yet completely different. 

At the moment I’m planning a trip to the mountains of Crimea for the New Year’s holidays. The place is located between two slopes and the area is said to be pretty snowy and, therefore, relatively warm. There are two houses: one completely destroyed, another – a small home. Remains of the former sit in a pretty area with a view – a perfect spot for a new large house to invite friends to visit. A place to relax without having to make endless ice-cold water runs to the well and back.

I’m looking forward to driving there myself. It is always a weird sensation. When you're taking a train, bus or plane, your mind always gets ahead of you. Driving, however, requires your full attention on the present. Even if eager to think about what's coming up, you must take the trip step-by-step, noticing only the things at hand.

Maria makes a ceramic vase in her studio.

We thank “TIS” studio crew for the assistance with the video shoot.