Around “Ceramic Values” Congress in Stoke-On-Trent, UK

Exciting October! I’m getting ready to travel to Stoke-On-Trent, UK, to give two talks!

One is for finishing the year of wonderful experience of being an ambassador of ceramics thanks to Future Lights Competition. We will welcome new group of Future Lights 2017/2018 winners and summarize with Sabrina Vasulka and Wendy Ward our own achievements Future Lights 2016/2017 from this year.

Second talk, on the 6th October, will be during “Ceramic Values” Congress. The Congress will take place at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, from 5 to 6 October 2017.

The Congress, led by Ulster University, aims to add to the debate about the value and role of ceramics in society and will present the full range of in-depth findings of the project’s 10 module teams since 2015.

Together with Wendy Ward, Rhiannon Ewing-James, Sabrina VA, Monika Muller, Mari JJ Design and we will discuss and share our experiences in topic “Building a career in Ceramics”. Please, register here and come to hear us:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/ceramic-values

“Ceramic Values” Congress Programme: Ceramic Values E-Programme On the page 37 is our talk!

Do not miss this opportunity to visit British Ceramics Biennial. Especially, as all marvellous things comes together, “Shaping the Future” exhibition is there too! Exhibition travelled from the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown, Northern Ireland to Stoke-on-Trent and is open there from 23rd September 2017 till. Next to new ideas from long list of masters of ceramics and other fellow ambassadors of Future Lights, is my “Tri-Angles” series. I’m honoured!

See you soon in Stoke!

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Meissen interview

How to talk about porcelain project made in Meissen with german subtitles? Just like that:

It is me talking about amazing creative experience and projects I prepared at Meissen during #futurelights workshops.

I can’t wait to see others talk of designers of “Future Lights in Ceramics” competition: Sabrina VA, Rhiannon Ewing-James, Wendy Ward, Maria Juchnowska and Monika Müller!

My participation in the workshops was possible thanks to being chosen as one of the winners of international competition “Future Lights” organized by european project Ceramics and its Dimensions, guided by Porzellanikon.

Meissen work

I had a pleasure to take part in workshops at the Meissen Manufacture, the place of the origin of the European porcelain!

I spent 10 days learning and working with their porcelain and they staff, each moment grew my amazement for this high quality porcelain production! And gosh, what a Museum they have!

I managed to work on two projects: art and design. My “art” is inspired by the Meissen original figurines but with a more contemporary look: a hipster. Design part focused on creating a vase, which in form resembles the wave and on its sides are painted fishes. Here are some photos of me working there – I’m happy about them too because finally I got some decent photos of myself working 🙂

 

 

It’s very important to mention the huge help, enthusiasm and hostility I recived of the incredibly talented Meissen workers during preparation of those projects! Thank You!

My participation in the workshops was possible thanks to being chosen as one of the winners of “Future Lights in Ceramics” competition organized by european project Ceramics and its Dimensions​, guided by Porzellanikon​. My incredibly talented co-winners: Sabrina Vasulka​, Rhiannon Ewing-James​, Wendy Ward​, Maria Juchnowska​ and Monika Müller!

Currently the projects are going under firing processes and I hope to soon receive more news about them!

Ambiente Show 2017

Summary of our presence at Ambiente Show 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, which took part between February 10th-14th 2017, Hall 4.2 Booth FOY07 registered under our main organizer Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, and we were sponsored, among others, by Meissen.

I was there together exhibiting with these fantastic designers: Rhiannon Ewing-James (UK/Northern Ireland), Sabrina Vasulka (Argentina/UK), Maria Juchnowska (Poland/Norway), Monika Muller (Switzerland/UK), Wendy Ward (Northern Ireland), because we won an international “Future Lights” Competition, a part of a huge UE project called “Ceramics and it’s Dimensions”

It was HUGE, far bigger from what I was imagining. Lot of inspirations and ideas, what’s more, super support from the group for the next moves. I loved how it was easy to see and talk directly about ceramics and products, with people who knew everything about them – so less tiring and more fun than stalking websites… Thanks to all those people who appreciated my works, to my new collaborators! What a power to continue what I started, thanks!

Our works:

Some inspirations found at others pavilions:

Check my projects out at Ambiente!

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Check my projects under my new brand “Studio Splendor” at Ambiente Fair, Frankfurt am Main, 10th -14th February 2017, Hall 4.2 Booth FOYO7.

I’m presenting with talented ceramic designers: Rhiannon Ewing-James, Maria Joanna Juchnowska, Monika Müller, Sabrina Vasulka and Wendy Ward.

Our exhibitor, Porzellanikon, is presenting the Future Lights in Ceramics 2016/2017:
Future Lights in Ceramics stand for innovative and creative young artist, designers, art historians, historians and scientis. Their work has been selected as outstanding in its modern approach.
The competition is part of the Ceramics and its Dimensions projects founded by the EU within the Creative Europe programme and led by Porzellanikon. This year the Future Lights were also sponsored by Staatliche Porzellan – Manufaktur Meissen GmbH.

Please come and see our ceramics!

Starting!

Those last weeks were extremely challenging: organizing materials, time, space, finding kiln (thank you, Rosa Bagnaresi and A.L.B.A. Bologna!). Just to mention some activities: choosing old and creating  new projects, castings, cleaning, double firing, decorating… In other conditions it would take some months, but being chosen as Future Lights gave me a huge kick and push to create!

It wasn’t easy, I had many moments of weakness and stress, so I would like to thank those who keep me up and support me. Thank you!

There will be more news to follow, until then, please see some photos from the process below.

Winning Future Lights Competition

I’m very happy to announce that I had been chosen as a winner for the International “Future Lights” Competition and to receive a title of an Ambassador for European Ceramics. The competition is a part of a huge UE project called “Ceramics and it’s Dimensions”
Thanks to that I will be exhibiting at the Ambiente trade Fair in Frankfurt am Main, February 10th-14th 2017, Hall 4.2 Booth FOY07 registered under main organizer Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan. I will be exhibiting with these fantastic designers: Rhiannon Ewing-James (Northern Ireland), Sabrina Vasulka (Argentina/UK), Maria Juchnowska (Poland/Norway), Monika Muller (Switzerland/UK), Wendy Ward (Northern Ireland).

I am supper excited and at the same time, still I cannot believe this! For sure I feel motivated to create more ceramics, just wait!

Official announcement LINK

Culture.pl, the biggest medium to promote polish culture abroad, made a news about Future Lights polish winners: me and Maria Juchnowska! LINK

Shaping the Future – exhibitions

During the Future Lights meeting in Fiskars, we had a chance to participate in the opening of “Shaping the Future” exhibition, curated by Finnish artist Riikka Latva-Somppi, under “Ceramics and its Dimensions” EU programme, concentrated on future of ceramics by exploring new techniques and rethinking materials. The part of the exhibition was made during the Shaping the Future workshop held in the spring 2016 at the KAHLA Porcelain factory and which concentrated on design, education, the 3D printing in clay and food culture.

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future is part of the European Ceramics and its Dimensions project, which examines the change that has occurred in the European ceramics traditions during the last three hundred years. The Shaping the Future sub-project focuses on the future possibilities of the material. The sub-project is led by the Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Design (Helsinki, Finland) and the three other partner schools are University of Ulster, Belfast campus (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee (Berlin, Germany) and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen, Denmark). After the first exhibition in Fiskars the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition will travel to six different cities in Europe: Selb, Belfast, Stoke-on-Trent, Berlin, Ljubljana and in the end of 2018 Prague.

The artist duo Melodic Scribe from Berlin, Germany performed at the exhibition opening in Fiskars. After their performance, the opening guests could join the performance.

For me it was full of inspirations and discoveries how varied can be the approach towards the same material. Amazing!

Official website for the exhibition and its project LINK

Future Lights Ceramic Competition in Finland

On the beginning of November I had taken part in an amazing meeting held in Fiskars Village, Finland.
The purpose of this party was: for 18 invited participants from the whole Europe (as me) to presents themselves while for the dignitary judges to find 6 young ambassadors of European ceramics for 2016/2017.
So I presented my activities in ceramics, especially my projects which connects the tradition with the modern ways of productions (which is the main theme for this year edition of the competition). I was soooo nervous! I also brought with me to show 3 of my Tri-Angles cups.
It was completely beautiful, not only by the scene of Finnish small village covered with snow, but mostly for meeting so many people burning with the same passion for ceramics. I think it was for me a life changing experience.

If you wonder, as me, why we were invited to distant Fiskars? Well, the village was a centre of birth of Fiskars brand some like 200 years ago, and today it is a beautiful centre for craftsmen and artists. It’s cool

The Future Lights Ceramics Competition LINK  is a part of European Programme of “Ceramics and its dimensions”.  LINK