Meet the Crafters: Karolina-Anna Hajna

November 24, 2012 | Halifax Crafters Society

We are pleased to introduce our next Fresh Catch Crafter, Karolina-Anna Hajna. She makes beautifully intricate and romantic jewellery inspired by the street maps of Paris.

We have less than a week until day one of the Winter Market, so make your shopping list, save your pennies and see you soon!

What do you make?

I make ceramic décor and jewellery that are intricate and delicate, both large and small. Over the past year I have been intrigued by ceramics as a jewellery material. I have been experimenting with sizes, shapes, thicknesses, and firings to make a jewellery line that is  functional for everyday wear.

These jewellery pieces were inspired by street maps of Paris and vintage floral tapestry. I chose the city of Paris because of the history and the interesting shapes of its streets. I wanted to ‘deconstruct’ the map to make it almost unrecognizable to the viewer, unless of course you have memorized the map of Paris. Some pieces are little cutouts of one part of the city, while others are separate cutouts placed together.

 What is your process?

Each piece is carefully cut out, cleaned up, decorated, fired to Cone 04, sanded, and glazed and fired to Cone 6. After that, decals are cut out and placed in specific spots on the pieces and then fired to Cone 016 for a final firing.

 What is your background/How did you get started?

While growing up, my parents always encouraged me to explore my artistic side. This resulted in me studying fine arts at a university in my home town and falling in love with clay in the first couple weeks of classes.

The first time I actually felt that I could be a crafter was when I volunteered at a Vancouver Craft Market in 2009. There I met artists and crafters who did what they loved and made a living doing what they loved. After that I applied to NSCAD to major in Ceramics.

Why do you do what you do?

I love the feel of clay between my fingers. It’s incredibly satisfying when the firing is done to see the end results come out of the kiln.

When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?

Currently, my work can be found at Seeds Gallery in Halifax, NS and at Favourite Gifts in North Vancouver, BC. In the next year I’ll be working on opening up an Etsy site and getting my pieces into more stores across Canada. In the meantime you can find my work, past and present, on my website. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my work.

I will be having my graduation solo show at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax on March 19th -23rd, 2013. The opening is on March 18th at 5:30pm, come on by and say hi!

What inspires you to create?

I’m inspired by nature, maps, and styles in history such as Rococo, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco.

Where do you do your work?

I do most of my work in my studio in the ceramics department at NSCAD.

A place you love?

Crescent Beach in South Surrey, BC. When I was growing up my parents and I would go there for walks almost every week. I miss it dearly.

 An artwork or artist you love?

Alphonse Mucha.

Favourite time of the year? 

Autumn. The combination of leaves crunching beneath my feet, warm scarves and sweaters, and the crisp breeze blowing by that makes me feel refreshed and excited for whatever is next.

 Three things you need in order to create?

Porcelain, sketchbook, and my thoughts.