“Ukrainian artist-designer Maria Volokhova was born in Kiev in 1980. Her broad creative interests led her to pursue a multi-faceted and very international education; embarking first on a Diploma of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany—during which Volokhova also spent time studying at the Accademia di belle Arte in Bologna, Italy in 2000 and 2001 and at Ohio University in Athens, U.S.A. in 2003—she completed her undergraduate training in 2004. She followed this up with a Masters in Fine Art from Burg Giebichenstein University, graduating in 2007. Concurrently, Volokhova began exploring her fascination for ceramics and from 2006 to 2009, she was a research student at Tokyo Art University (GEIDAI) in Japan. She then returned to Germany, settling in Berlin, where she founded her studio, Volokhova Porcelain, in 2010.