I sketch, make pen and ink drawings and sew, but what I enjoy most is making creatures. I started making creatures when I was 13 and they have evolved since then. I sculpt them out of an oven bake clay, bake them, and then paint them. I hinge the joints so they move more freely and look more lifelike. Recently I have been making marionettes and am trying to figure out how to hinge a jaw. My source of inspiration comes from movies and books such as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, Grimm’s fairy tales, The Graveyard Book, and Alice in Wonderland. I’m a fan of Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson.
Watching birds is one of my favourite pastimes.It dawned on me one day just how bare the trees are without them;Those familiar forms that make me smile and keep me company . The simple silhouettes in the yard I’ve come to love and look for- nature’s silhouettes. TWEETZ was born both from my love and passion for nature, and my penchant of strong, clean design.
Vera Polischuk is a ceramic artist who currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her love of ceramics manifests in a variety of processes. She first got her hands good and muddy in high school at the Central Tech Art Programme as well as Sheridan College Craft and Design Programme and has kept active in learning more through ongoing workshops, classes and guild activities since then. Woodfiring holds a special place in her heart as she loves connecting with nature and enjoys the camaraderie of firing with a community of potters. The energy of the atmospheric firing shows through in all her pieces reflects the energy she fuels her enthusiasm for clay with.