Dear Human is the creative studio founded by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2009. After meeting at a residency in Denmark, Jasna and Noel
immediately began working on ideas together and haven’t stopped since. The studio works in various artistic domains that include public space projects,
product design, and applied arts.
Their collaboration is rooted in common beliefs and ideas and supported by the strengths that each bring to the table—Noel’s material expertise and
attention to detail and Jasna’s improvisational sensibility and explorative nature.
Their work draws inspiration from working in new environments, experimenting with materials and collaborating with other designers, architects, and artists.
Dear Human projects offer an alternative perception to overlooked everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of places and objects,
hoping to inspire consciousness and curiosity.
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We occasionally and happily accept interns. If you have an interest in working with us, feel free to get in touch and send your CVs to email@example.com
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2013 Self-directed research in ceramic tiles, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Medalta Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2010 La Ceiba Grafica, Coatepec, Mexico
2009 Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
2008 Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre, Skæskør, Denmark
2000 BFA Fine Arts Emily Carr University
1989-1993 School of Architecture, University of Sarajevo/University of Belgrade, Former Yugoslavia
Selected Awards and Publications
2011 Canada Council for the Arts – Project Grant
2009 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics
2012 ‘Best of 500 Ceramics’, A Lark Ceramics Book
2012 ‘Ceramics and the Human Figure’, Edith Garcia
2008 ‘Surface Design for Ceramics’, Maureen E. Mills, A Lark Ceramics Book
2006 ‘Image Transfer on Clay’, Paul Andrew Wandless, A Lark Ceramics Book
2009 MFA Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design
2009 Sheridan Certificate in Collegiate Teaching, Brown University
1995-1999 BS University of Wisconsin, Madison
1997-1998 Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Selected Awards and Experience
2004-2007 Design Director/Co-founder, Mei Design Co, Jingdezhen, China
2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar, Chiang Mai, Thailand