Ukrainian Painted Porcelain Sculptures


  The porcelain art of Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev 

Small green frog with bridge drawn on shell by Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev

‘Green Frog With Bridge’

Anya Stasenko painting porcelain figurine


Slava Leontiev painting porcelain figurine













Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev – were born respectivley in 1965 and 1967 and live in Krakov in Ukraine.  They specialize in hand painted porcelain sculptures.

Education: Kharkov Art School (painting department, specialty – teaching painting and drawing at school), Kharkov Artistic-Industrial Institute (department of graphics, specialty – easel graphics, book design, poster), Graduate Department of History and theory of art Kharkov Art and Industrial Institute (specialization – history and theory of art, a specialty – art critic and researcher).

–The following interview is translated  from their Facebook page ( ) :


Porcelain – main profession? – definitely, yes. For many years,  ceramics for us has been the main source of income. Well, as regards the approach to work … As follows from the above, we are on Arts Education – schedules. No special training as a sculptor and ceramist, we do not have, and, as such, it is naive.



What (or who) inspires, and where are the stories?

Slava:  The source of subjects – everything that we have seen, heard and read  in life. We like frogs and leaves, flowers and birds. We study very well what they look like and what they do.

Anya:  We looked at a lot of beautiful pictures. From the beautiful is not enough, we turned away.We read many wonderful books.  From childhood we are taught, above all, to distinguish beautiful from the ugly, interesting from the uninteresting, and the second is – something to think and do. And now in our picture gallery, library, and generators of images, it is enough to decide what is appropriate for this thing – and the subject will come up with, and descriptive language will follow.

[ Ed. Note:  Some of the Russian translation goes astray but the drift is discernible ]

Painted Porcelain Lizard Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

‘Coelacanth’ – Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

Soft porcelain, colored fire clay, potter’s clay. Slip casting, molding, painting glazes and overglaze colors, gold chandeliers and biscuits.


Anna paints on ceramics rather than on paper? 

Anya:  It is interesting to place the subject on a three-dimensional surface. On either side it is visible only to a certain part, it enriches the composition and makes it possible to show the plot development, and offer the viewer different perspectives, turning the thing to go from episode to episode.

Slava :  The same technique with tradition, the Romans had the memorial pillars depicted flowing into each other depicting episodes of the history of long-term military campaigns.

Anya:  Even if the little creatures are just two of the medallion scene – this is more than one graphic sheet. And I like it when the story grows out of my ear or tail.


Porcelain Golden Snail Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev “The Golden Snail “ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev


How do you work together? 

Slava :  I’ve always wanted to work in collaboration. Firstly because of perfectionism: that I get are almost always unpleasant for me, is too clearly visible imperfections. Well, the imperfections of others (and, hence joint) of the once tolerant and removable. Second, do not always have the very mood to set goals, I want to relax on the unthinking performing the work. And when “bear” arms did not have time for head and reluctance to “give himself the bricks.” Well, in the third, the possibilities are expanding. The two are able to more than one, if everyone is worth something. Anja has focused mainly on painting. I – on ceramics, and the concept in general. That, however, does not mean that everyone does not interfere at all. Each of our stuff was created by two authors.

Anya:  It’s very interesting to get into the hands of an unexpected form, which must somehow dooformit, the image that you want to develop the plot, which should continue. Like Schwartz, ” to make a living from the dead every fool can, and you try to make a living even more alive.”

Why are you doing this ceramic plastic?

Slava  Very difficult to become a prominent painter. Especially in historical perspective. In ceramics, such as softer competition, especially in today. We still do not live in ancient Greece, China or Minsk. You can search for a place, especially “at the intersection of disciplines,” and as an alien from another art form, with their luggage. Anina “chart on ceramics” was already a virtuoso, to put it on a neprikladnoy and self-support.

Anya:   Every artist is looking for new, having been something. While working on the decorations we have been able to instill a graphical approach to the ceramic material. There has been a view of the plastic, its aesthetics.

Blue Frog with a gold dragonfly Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Blue Frog with a gold dragonfly’


All figurines are strictly frontal and symmetrical. Forms laconic, almost geometric. This is a technical limitation, or such aesthetics?

Slava : A plastic (clay) idea with which I begin, as a rule, is extremely simple. The ball on legs. Unwound helix.The plane, low-hanging above the plane of the support. Concise volume contrasts with detailed painting.  And it provides more freedom

Anya:  It is pleasant to develop a moderate curvature of the surface of a spacious and refined character is not too “Distinguishing” character.


Red butterfly with white polka dots Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Red butterfly with white polka dots’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev


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Porcelain 'Turtle Heaven' - turtle with zodiac on its back Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Turtle Heaven’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



4 porcelain owls Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

Four Owls  –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



White-Kitten Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘White Kitten’ –   Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Mumps with Moon and Sun’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



Painted porcelain owl Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, UkraineFinely detailed porcelain owl – Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev




 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Porcelain Owl’  from above-  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



Painted Porcelain Fish Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Most Saltwater Fish’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

A large porcelain fish figurine with marine animals on the fins, seascapes on the scales.

Technique: slip casting, molding, painting glaze, overglaze colors, gold and platinum luster on the glaze and biscuits.Length: about 31 cm.




 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Cosmic Turtle belly’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



Orange Turtle by Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Orange Turtle’ Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev





‘Young girl playing mandolin’ – ceramic bell sculpture – Yalonetski ( Anya Stasenko)

Yalonetski – etsy



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Fireclay Frog in leaves of paper’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



Porcelain Fish Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Marine fish’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev


 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine‘Most Rat-Comet’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Forty Crow’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev


 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Striped Pig’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev





Snow Insects –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Zodiac Turtle’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine red, white and blue dog figurine

‘Cute Kitten’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev



 Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine Porcelain snail with a miaze on the shell.

‘Snail with a maze’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev




Barbed-Lizard - Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘Barbed Lizard’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev




Chameleon--- Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

‘Chameleon’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev




White Bull Terrier - Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev, Ukraine

‘White Bull Terrier’ –  Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev




‘Young girl in purple dress playing mandolin’. Ceramic bell, sculpture.

Yalonetski – etsy




Magic-Bee-Anya-and-Slava finely detailed porcelain bee

‘Magic Bee’ – Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev


Etsy link 





  1. carolyn pogue
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    These works of art are great. What are they made of and what kind of paint is used?

  2. robbie
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    They are made of clay porcelain, you can contact Anya and Slava on Facebook for any questions about paint ..

  3. melissa garza
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    are any of these for sale? where can we purchase them?

  4. Barb
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    these are great the colors, the design, so well formed, loved them all.

  5. Wendy Lu
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev i love their work , Where can I buy them?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    What are the prices? Please e-mail me.

    Best regards

  7. RETHO
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I want to buy some sculturs of owls

    PLease send me your catalog and prices for this type

    Best regards

    Jean-Louis RETHO / France

  8. Jacqueline
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    j’aime beaucoup ces sculptures ! les couleurs, les formes, ces petits monstres ont du caractère !!!
    où et comment peut-on les acheter ?

  9. robbie
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    This is their facebook link and contact info here

  10. BARON Michèle
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Pouvez-vous me dire si on peut acheter certains de ces articles ?

  11. Tracy Schalk
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    How does one purchase these?

  12. robbie
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Hi Tracy , here is 3 links for acquiring their art

  13. Gary Birkett
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi love your little creatures , would love to start a collection can you give web name /site where I can buy purchase these , warmest regards Gary

  14. Marjanne
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I am a porcelain painter in the Netherlands and I like your work very much. The animals are so interesting decoratie and I am wondering were I can find such opjects,I hope you can give me a hind. Happy painting and lost of succes.

  15. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Can i buy one please?

  16. Luxi
    Posted November 26, 2020 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    really want to know that how the one called ‘Young girl in purple dress playing mandolin’ able to stand still like that, that was a miracle!!!

  17. REC251
    Posted June 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    ces articles sont-ils en vente ?

  18. Robbie Hood
    Posted June 19, 2022 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    see etsy link at the end of this post

  19. Melisa Weekley
    Posted May 22, 2023 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    These are amazing pieces, they seem to bring out the best of the world when you consider now the stark sadness we all are facing. I wonder if you incorporated Ukrainian folk traditions as it appears so.

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