“A Day in the Life” with Vancouver Visual Artist Anna Maliatski

Anna Maliatski, known affectionately as Golem, is the visionary artist and mastermind behind the captivating world of GOLEM Designs. With a background steeped in architecture and design, Anna infuses her creations with a rich tapestry of functional elegance and artistic flair.

Drawing from various ceramic techniques, including wheel throwing, slip casting, and hand building, Anna brings a minimalist elegance into each piece she crafts. Her distinctive approach results in bespoke creations as unique as they are enchanting, never failing to captivate the beholder.

Anna’s signature style, characterized by organic lines and a refined colour palette accentuated with touches of gold, has garnered acclaim from private collectors and corporate giants. Since establishing her studio in 2011, Anna has lent her creative prowess to an impressive roster of global clients, from boutique stores to renowned restaurants.

Beyond her role as an artist, Anna is a passionate advocate for the handmade movement. She invites others to explore their creativity through her bespoke workshops and classes.

Whether guiding novices through the intricacies of pottery or facilitating collaborative sessions for seasoned enthusiasts, Anna’s infectious enthusiasm leaves an indelible mark on all who cross her path.

With each piece from GOLEM Designs, her customers acquire a timeless work of art and become part of a narrative that celebrates the beauty of craftsmanship and the boundless possibilities of human creativity.

Anna Maliatski
Golden lustre chawan
Anna Maliatski
Playing with clay
Art show
Pottery process
Particle Bowl
Anna Maliatski
During a workshop
Anna Maliatski


Which ’hood are you in?

My studio is located in the midst of an urban oasis in Burnaby. It serves as the creative hub where inspiration flows freely. The majestic mountains, vibrant energy of the neighbourhood, serene beauty of Burnaby Lake Park, and ever-changing Vancouver weather constantly inspire me and drive my artistic pursuits.

What do you do?

I am a passionate ceramic and visual artist who loves all things creative. I cherish the moments I spend in my studio, where I work on new designs, make glazes, and paint.

Additionally, I am a teacher of wheel-throwing and hand-building, and I enjoy sharing my skills with others. As an art therapist, I take great satisfaction in bringing my life experiences, professional training, and creativity to help foster healing in my clients.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m occupied with creating an assortment of artistic projects. I’m crafting wall decor with a minimalist style and sculpting large-scale vessels, a new process for me that requires a lot of learning. Additionally, I’m throwing some new spring-themed heart mugs on the wheel and adding some new forms and designs to the timeless Whistler series.

Where can we find your work?

You can check out my online store to find limited-edition home decor and dinnerware pieces for every season. You can also find my pottery on Etsy and Golem Designs Store or visit Giving Gifts on Main, the only physical location to purchase my work post-COVID, for an inspiring and delightful shopping experience. And of course, you can always visit my studio by appointment!