The woman is dressed in a black dress that covers her wide hips. The white belt is sparkling with thin gold and brown threads on her waist. The neck is gently wrapped in a thin necklace of white pearls. The hair is dyed fiery red. She has got a short haircut. The contours of the face are emphasized by light make-up. The most visible ones are her lips, covered with bright pearl-pink lipstick. Iryna Tsvilyk-Serohina is one of the most famous masters of Kosiv ceramics and pottery in Ukraine. She is 71 and she is still a potter. The woman continues the work of her grandmother – Pavlina Tsvilyk, who was one of the leading and famous Kosiv craftswomen. She instilled in her granddaughter a love of family business and was the first mentor of little Iryna, who has preserved the ancient traditions of her grandmother to this day and which she skillfully and masterfully uses in the technique of pottery and ceramics.
Iryna Tsvilyk-Serohina was born and raised in Kosiv. She also went to school here and studied at the Kosiv School of Applied and Decorative Arts.
The heart of ancient Ukrainian pottery
Plates and a vase with ears
The matter of the whole life
Filling the plot lines is important for Hutsuls in the creation of Kosiv ceramics. This conveys the artistic manner of each master in a special way. Iryna says that the main inspiration for her work is the continuous spirit of the Carpathians, where every time you want to dissolve, as if swimming in a wide sea, and then draw new shapes and colors in your own head. Fabulous birds, all kinds of animals, nature, and mountain landscapes create a unique palette of moods of the Carpathian region on the decorative dinnerware of the master.
Mrs. Iryna is a participant in many exhibitions in Ukraine, and her works are in many private collections. In 2009, Iryna Tsvilyk-Serohina was awarded the honorary title of Honored Master of Folk Art of Ukraine, but she speaks about it very modestly. She proudly demonstrates all her creations, which are seen from all corners of the spacious and bright woman`s room.