Hana Balaban-Pommier is a ceramic artist living and working in Toronto. She immigrated to Canada from her native Czechoslovakia and took her first weekend course in pottery shortly afterwards to balance her caregiving responsibilities. Subsequent employment in a production studio of Rick and Nancy Hilborn as well as working within MIT Art community when living in the USA deepened her infatuation with the material and led to explorations of form in stoneware and Raku.
Hana’s previous educational background includes Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design Ceramics program, art history studies at Harvard Extension School and a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and events including the Craft Ontario gallery, the FUSION Pottery and Glass Show as well as the Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sale.
A new direction of work came as a result of professional experience as a therapist teaching mindfulness and meditation to clients with chronic pain. Hana’s interest in the grounding qualities of clay and its decorative and utilitarian function was replaced by deepening desire to capture states, emotions, moods and perceptions.