Show and Tell #3 - Mirka Golden-Hann

Mirka Golden-Hann
24 August 2017

Mirka Golden-Hann was born in the former Czechoslovakia.  She discovered her fascination with the ceramic process when she came to live in England in Summer 1993.

In July 1999 Mirka graduated from the University of Westminster’s iconic Harrow ceramics course with BA (Hons) and received  ‘Best Student’ award at Hatfield House International Festival – Art in Clay later that year. In summer 2000 she finished setting up her workshop and built her first outdoor salt glaze kiln. Since then Mirka has exhibited her work in galleries throughout  the UK and participated in prestigious ceramics fairs and shows in the UK and Europe. In 2009 she completed with distinctions her MA Design Ceramics degree at Bath Spa University,  funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  

In September 2009 Mirka became a resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre where she currently runs her practice in conjunction with managing a busy workshop and delivering the ceramics tuition programme. Mirka is a great believer in the preservation of  skills and their application within modern practice. She is an inspirational ceramics teacher and a published maker and researcher.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sunday morning lying in bed with James and a cup of tea and all three kids in too planning the day ahead.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
Getting better and better at something very difficult.

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?
Lean on what I already know and then add on what I still have to discover.

What’s your favourite film and why?
‘A Knight’s Tale’ - it makes me smile.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Without much thinking:

Laska je laska - Lucie Bila
Stin katedral - Vaclav Neckar
Summer time - Janice Joplin

there are many more

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?

Láska je jako večernice
plující černou oblohou
Zavřete dveře na petlice!
Zhasněte v domě všechny svíce
a opevněte svoje těla
kterým srdce zkameněla

Láska je jako krásná loď
která ztratila kapitána
námořníkům se třesou ruce
a bojí se co bude zrána

Láska je bolest z probuzení
a horké ruce hvězd
které ti sypou oknem do vězení
květiny ze svatebních cest

Láska je jako večernice
plující černou oblohou
Náš život
hoří jako svíce
a mrtví
milovat nemohou


Love is just like the star of evening
floating along the blackest sky
With the doors latched there is no leaving!
put out all candles where you’re living
make your flesh fortified
whose hearts are stone petrified

Love is just like a shapely ship
without its captain lost and gone
and all the sailors’ hands are shaking
with their fear of tomorrow morn

Love is an ache from sleeping woken
and the hot hands of stars
sprinkling honeymoon petal tokens
through your jail window bars

Love is just like the star of evening
floating along the sky so black
Our life
is like a candle burning
the dead
cannot love you back

What is your greatest extravagance?
Time to think though I try to indulge as much as possible.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Potter’s wheel no joke.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
'I Served the King of England'  by Bohumil Hrabal. This book is with me since teens.

'Diamanda Galas’ performance at Royal Festival Hall (2001) - she made me want to make pots like she performed

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t expect too much: then you will not be disappointed if it goes wrong but you will be pleasantly surprised when it goes well - my grandmother told me this. It doesn’t sound like very inspiring advice but to a potter’s mindset it is priceless. It teaches you to build up on both your successes and failures.

Piece of equipment you can’t live without?

Best recent read?
Chromophobia - David Batchelor

What is your final word?
Cracked pot never breaks!