Nationally recognized ceramic artist Irina Okula was born in Wolfen, East Germany during World War II. She immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s. Irina received a BA from Fontbonne College and a MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She has also studied at the Boston Museum School, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts.
Irina has exhibited widely along the East Coast, at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, the Fruitlands Museum Exhibition, the Smithsonian Craft Show, CraftBoston Spring & Holiday Shows, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the Fuller Craft Museum Biennial Members Exhibition, and in other prestigious venues. At the Smithsonian Craft Show, she won the Excellence in Ceramics Award in 2015 - the highest honor given to a sculptural ceramics artist - and at the Fuller Craft Museum she won the Juror’s Choice Award in 2014.