firebird workshop team

Our Story

Our story goes way back to the '90s. When I was a young girl growing up in a Russian village, our babushka (grandma) told us Russian folk stories.

Every evening she told us about Morozko, Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf, Snegurochka the snow maiden, and other folk characters.

I drew several folktale characters in my notebooks in high school, drawing attention from my teachers and fellow pupils. Well, not the right kind of attention. My teachers always reprimanded me for drawing on my notebooks, but I couldn't help it.

The FirebirdWorkshop is born

matryoshka painting

As an adult, I finally had the opportunity to draw whatever I wanted and wherever. Given my desire to produce art and my love for Russian folktales, I decided to make matryoshka dolls.

I always believed that the best way to keep our Russian folktales alive is by creating something that would be appreciated and recognized worldwide.

I chose to make nesting dolls because it symbolizes our unique Russian heritage.

Together with Vlad, I assembled a team of some of Russia's finest painters, artists, woodcarvers, and lacquer-experts. In the year 2012, the firebird workshop family was born.

What we do

We create handmade wooden nesting dolls, Christmas ornaments, seasonal ornaments, and eco-friendly wooden toys for kids.

First, we ethically source linden tree timber, then we carve them to various shapes.

Then our artists make designs and paint the dolls or ornaments using tempera paints. Our varnish experts apply water-based, eco-friendly varnish.

Finally, Vlad, Elena, and I handle the rest.

 

Who we are

 

firebird workshop team

Our team is made up of art lovers. Our woodcarvers have years of experience under their belts and our artists are from the finest art colleges in St.Petersburg.

Some of them are from the Paleh and Fedoskino villages, famous for rare Russian folk paintings. In these villages, the art of painting murals is passed down from generation to generation.

Our Milestones

We started with less than 50 traditional nesting dolls. Over time, the demand for custom nesting dolls and modern art styles grew.

As expected, our team was up to the task. Today we have over 800 product listings, including interior nesting dolls, and animal nesting dolls for kids.

Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like many other small businesses, COVID-19 hit us like a speeding truck. Fortunately, we are still here today because of you our dearest customers.

We are eternally grateful for your support through these difficult times.

We hope that you enjoy our work as much as we do. With love from our family to yours, Thank you!

 
— Yulia 
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