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Sasha mostly works with white stoneware coated with terra sigillata. She uses slip trailing, sgraffito and various commercial and custom glazes to build intricate surfaces. All her work is fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln.”

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Sasha Bakaric

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Sasha says, “My inspiration comes from microscopic images of various cells and microorganisms as the basis of all life. I am intrigued by dichotomy between the enormous beauty of these images and the fears or repulsiveness that people often have when faced with viruses or bacteria.

“I love the idea of questioning our relationship with the world inside of us. In the same way as microorganisms are multiplying and spreading, so are my pieces. I find great excitement in making yet another similar but totally unique piece.  My work is very much process driven with images and forms almost spontaneously coming as I work.”

Sasha was born and raised in Croatia where she received her degree in mathematics and computer science and had a successful career in finance and management. Graduate school and family brought her to the United States.

Her first encounter with clay was a pottery class for toddlers that she took with her then two-year-old daughter. Sasha felt the attraction and started taking classes and workshops and eventually decided to dedicate herself completely to ceramics.

She established Sasha Ceramics in Chapel Hill where she has a fully equipped working studio. Sasha makes hand built functional and sculptural pieces, mostly simple forms decorated with intricate designs.

Sasha received an Emerging Artists Award from Durham Arts Council in 2011. The award helped her purchase a large electric kiln. Sasha is a member of Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild as well an active artist and a president of the board of FRANK gallery in Chapel Hill.