Featured Artist Daniela Kouzov

Ceramic artist Daniela Kouzov presents a portfolio of altered vessels and sculptural pieces inspired by nature. Visit her website to see more of her work.

 

Hand thrown contemporary vase with hand cut leaves by Daniela Kouzov

“Serenity in Motion” White Clay Body with Glaze, 10.5” x 8” x 13”

 

From a very early age, I was exposed to and encouraged by my parents to experiment with various forms of art. I drew, took dance classes, and was part of a performing drama group.

 

3 views of a contemporary bowl by Daniela Kouzov

From Top to Bottom: “Contemporary Bowl with Texture” Brown Clay Body with Glaze, 11” x 7” x 21.5”

 

After I obtained a college degree in Art and Design from The Art and Design Institute in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, I decided to make a career change and switched to business. It was the practical thing to do, as many of my artist friends struggled to support themselves.

 

Contemporary ceramic bowl by Daniela Kouzov

“Contemporary Bowl with Texture” (Overhead View) Brown Clay Body with Glaze, 11” x 7” x 21.5”

 

An opportunity to continue my business education in the United States brought me to Chicago, where I obtained an MBA from North Park University.

 

Contemporary ceramic ribbon sculpture by Daniela Kouzov

“Spilled Blue Dreams I” Ribbon Bowl, Brown Clay Body with Glaze, 10” x 6.5” x 15.5”

 

Regardless of the business direction my life took, art continued to be a big part of my life. So, after putting my art career on hold for twenty-five years, I took a ceramics class. That was a turning point in my life.

 

Contemporary ceramic bowl by Daniela Kouzov

“Contemporary Decorative Bowl” White Clay Body with Glaze, 8” x 6.5” x 9.5”

 

I have been actively pursuing ceramics for almost three years now. Clay is an incredible medium to work with and I enjoy the journey it has taken me on.

 

Contemporary ceramic vase with leaf pattern by Daniela Kouzov

“Serenity” White Clay Body with Glaze and Glass, 13” x 16” x 13”

 

I like to implement nature in my art and I draw inspiration from it. Leaves, flower-like elements, clean organic forms—they are all present in my work.

 

Contemporary ceramic bowl by Daniela Kouzov

“Secret Meeting” Brown Clay Body with Glaze, 6” x 6” x 11.5”

 

I love the fact that clay allows me to create art that possesses dynamic motion and direction. With every piece I try to create movement.

 

Contemporary ceramic vase with attached orbs by Daniela Kouzov

“Vase with Hollow Orbs I” White Clay Body with Glaze (Overhead View) 9” x 15.5”

 

There is a surprise at every angle and no side is the same. Just as life is constantly changing, I want my art to represent this change.

 

Contemporary ceramic vase with attached orbs by Daniela Kouzov

“Vase with Hollow Orbs II” White Clay Body with Glaze, 9” x 15.5”

 

I like to work in a larger scale, implementing both wheel throwing and hand-building techniques when creating my art. I like to work large. Large ceramic pieces are like large canvases—they provide more room for expression.

 

Artist Daniela Kouzov at work in her studio

Artist Daniela Kouzov at work in her studio

 

My style is still evolving and I cannot wait to see what I create in one, five or ten years. I am so looking forward to the journey that is ahead of me!

 

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