Victoria Cochran's Profile

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Born in Upstate NY, teen years in the SF Bay Area, presently residing smack dab in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno.

I'm most influenced by the culture and history of my family--we have a lot. My mother's family was first generation Irish, my father born in Germany (my grandmother first generation French there!), I grew up with a first generation Mexican stepfather, and I married a man born in Soviet Central Asia. I have a lot of flavor.

I'm a history nut, of course. Archaeological records, objects you can hold in your hand, influence my work. Central Asian jewelry and household items...I love it all. If it reminds you of something you've seen somewhere, if you get a feeling of nostalgia, history, permanence and ephemerality, I did my work. My aesthetic is heavily influenced by traditions in which…

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  • Joined August 1, 2006

Favorite materials

Ceramic, recycled glass, metal, paper

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  • vika
    Ceramic Buttons :: Porcelain :: Stoneware...

About

Born in Upstate NY, teen years in the SF Bay Area, presently residing smack dab in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno.

I'm most influenced by the culture and history of my family--we have a lot. My mother's family was first generation Irish, my father born in Germany (my grandmother first generation French there!), I grew up with a first generation Mexican stepfather, and I married a man born in Soviet Central Asia. I have a lot of flavor.

I'm a history nut, of course. Archaeological records, objects you can hold in your hand, influence my work. Central Asian jewelry and household items...I love it all. If it reminds you of something you've seen somewhere, if you get a feeling of nostalgia, history, permanence and ephemerality, I did my work. My aesthetic is heavily influenced by traditions in which components match because they share a common palette, and common themes -- original Bali bead necklaces were not symmetrical, neither are Talavera items absolutely uniform -- yet we see the overall unity and appreciate knowing that the differences afford each of us a unique combination.

Unlike most modern work, the majority of my items are single-fired. I decorate and glaze directly onto the raw clay and fire once. I have to be a little more careful, but I enjoy the connection with the past, and with the future.

I'm consistently reducing my personal energy consumption and I think that matters.

My etsy About page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vika/about


You can find me on FaceBook:
www.facebook.com/victoriacochran.VIKA

Or, twitter: @lavika
Or here: www.lavika.com

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All of the glazes I use are labeled safe for decorative purposes. Certain glazes are not intended for food service or storage. Please do no use buttons or jewelry for food service or storage. Not intended for children under 14.

Required California Prop 65 Warning:

Products in this shop may expose you to a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.
Products in this shop may expose you to a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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