Katya Nosyreva is a freelance artist working with porcelain clay and the visual and symbolic language of geometry. Her creative practice is informed by her studio-based PhD research and travels, as well as her immediate surroundings on Dartmoor. Katya makes thrown pots and intricately patterned tiles, exploring the unique translucent qualities of porcelain, and undertakes commissions for various architectural contexts. 

 
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EDUCATION

2006 - 2014 PhD Visual Arts. Thesis entitled The Unknown Craftsman and the Invisible Guild: Exploring Spiritual Principles in Islamic Art, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London.

2003 - 2005 MA Visual and Islamic Traditional Arts. Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London.

2001-2003 Maze Hill Pottery, Greenwich, London. Workshop assistant with production of functional tableware, throwing, glaze preparation, soda-glaze firing, participation in art and craft fairs.

2000-2001 Two summer-long apprenticeships at the Ridge Pottery, Queen Camel, Somerset. Helping to run courses, clay and glaze preparation, firing wood-fired kilns and making functional tableware.

1999, 2000, 2001 Short term assistance during building and firing of large wood fired kins with the potters Svend Bayer., Sheepwash Pottery, Devon and Gas Kimishima, Tring, Hertfordshire.

1998-2001 BA (Hons) First Class, Visual Arts, Ceramics. Camberwell College of Arts, London.

TEACHING

2019, 2018 Shumacher College, Dartington. Introduction to Sacred Geometry as part of MA programmes in Environment and Spirituality and Ecologocal Design Thinking.

2011 Kingston, Jamaica. Visiting tutor and consultant on the regeneration project run by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in conjunction with Rose Hall Developments. Design theory, development of local clays, improving making and firing techniques with a group of local potters.

2009-2010 The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. Open programme Geometry and Ceramic Tiles course .

2005-2007 Al-Fustat Craft Centre, Cairo, Egypt. Visiting tutor and consultant in partnership with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Extensive research into local clays, glaze making ingredients, assisting a local group of potters with throwing and hand-building techniques, developing a clear visual language based on local cultural heritage.

2001-2003 Maze Hill Pottery, London. Evening and weekend pottery courses, specialising in throwing and soda-glazed firing techniques.

RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

July 2018 Paper presentation, Traditions of Craftsmanship and Geometry in Contemporary Artistic Studio Practice. Prometheus Trust Conference on Tradition.

Feb 2017 Public lecture, The Unknown Craftsman and the Invisible Guild: Exploring the Relationship Between Craftsmanship and Spiritual Practice in Traditional Islamic Art. Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

2017 Illustrations for the article by E. Kheirandish, ‘An Early Tradition in Practical Geometry: the Telling Lines of Unique Arabian and Persian Sources’ in The Arts of Ornamental Geometry (Leiden/Boston: Brill).

2006-2009 Extensive architectural and visual research in Uzbekistan, India, Egypt, and Spain.

COMMISSSIONS

Private commissions have ranged from small projects (book illustrations, CD covers, and logos) to larger architectural collaborations.

Design and collaborative execution of a large ceramic mural for a Sufi community centre in Bethnal Green, London.

Design of the interior of a mosque in Delhi, India, including the conception and execution of geometric mihrab tiles, with integrated Qur’anic calligraphy, and associated decorative tiling.

Logo design and development of new products and themes for Traditional Arts Ltd, London.

Bespoke geometric designs for Rolls Royce motorcar interior and accessories.

Commemorative ceramic plaques for the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.

EXHIBITIONS

Aug 2018 Devon Open Studios, exhibition of current work and workshop demonstrations.

Jan 2015 In Search of the Dot that Created the Circle, group exhibition, CB1 Gallery, LA, USA.

Jan 2014 Illumination: The Light of Tradition, group exhibition at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Scotland.

Feb 2009 Divine Inspiration: Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture, group exhibition, Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia.

Jan 2009 The Potters of Maze Hill, group show, Harlequin Gallery, London.

Dec 2005 A Building Tradition, touring group exhibition, The National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA.

Feb 2004 Islam Awareness Week Shakespeare’s Globe Education, group exhibition and craft demonstrations, London.

Apr 2002 Salt-Glazed Ceramics, group exhibition, Koblenz, Germany.

AWARDS

2005-2007 Jameel Scholarship during PhD studies, towards research into history and symbolism of the Islamic geometric patterns.

2003-2005 Arts and Humanities Research Council, postgraduate studies award.