Yelena Popova recently returned to West Dean College's Visual Arts studios to complete her residency, the first phase of which began in February 2017. During the remaining two weeks of her project, Yelena continued to experiment with ongoing work in ceramics, including making glazes with locally sourced materials. This intense period of making resulted in a number of new works, giving Yelena the opportunity to make use of some of the College's Raku firings. This traditional Japanese method results in unpredictable textures and surface effects in the fired clay, which expanded Yelena's experience and understanding of the possibilities of different material combinations and firing techniques.
After studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School, Yelena Popova completed her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Based in Nottingham, her work has been exhibited in Stockholm, San Francisco, Basel, Vienna and New York, with solo shows at Figge von Rosen Gallery (now Philipp von Rosen) in Cologne, and Zabludowicz Collection and Paradise Row in London. Her work is held in the Arts Council and Saatchi collections, among others.