Maja Padrov explores the sculptural possibilities of forms in covered jars, teapots and bowls. She assemble pots from thrown and extruded parts that could be looked at in many different ways that allow continued exploration between form and function. The interplay of these elements may emphasize their function or conceal it, sometimes visually diminishing the expected parts or repeating them unrelated to the conventional use. In her surface treatment, she makes references to other materials, most often metal and stone. She is interested in different media and the way they can be emulated and reinterpreted using basic studio pottery techniques: throwing on the wheel and hand building on one side and extensive glaze testing on the other. Padrov was born in Serbia and moved to New Brunswick in 1997 where she graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design with Diploma in studio pottery. She has been working with clay professionally for 19 years as a studio artist and also a part time instructor.
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