Misha & Yvonka
Our relationship with clay began a long time ago, and both of us have a very similar story about how we started. Maybe since we were kids when we used to play with playdough or in school where our most favourite subject was art classes, or maybe later when we went to art school in Bohemia (Czech Republic).
My parents always wanted me to study something else-something that would give me financial security. So I went to study the economy and business. I finished school and then spent fifteen years in the fashion industry. It was an interesting experience, I designed some bags and hats, but mostly I felt like the middle person between the producer and the customer. I always aspire to make something by myself with my hands to create something original and durable. Later on in my life, it got very busy due to my family and kids, leaving me with no time to do what I wanted to do. We moved with my family to my husband’s country, Australia, and I started a new life and a new job on the Northern beaches of Sydney. Then I met Misha and we shared our dreams and decided that we have to do something about it.
Yvona works from Mosman studio, you can see her products below
Yvona is using Mosman stamp on her products
Growing up in the Czech Republic back then Czechoslovakia ruled by communism in family that was under constant surveillance. Nobody was allowed to express themselves especially in art form. I consider myself very lucky as I was growing up in an artistic community based around animated movies, as my father was a teacher at a local movie school teaching techniques of clay used in animation. I spent many days at the movie set watching artists making clay alive. Since then I love clay and everything around it like glazes , technique, plasticity. After the fall of communism I moved to London and later to Australia/Sydney/Northern beaches. It was so nice to meet Yvonka and attend school of ceramics with her.
Misha works from Manly studio, you can see her products below
You will find Manly stamp on Misha's products