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 thm too because finally I got some decent photos of myself 🙂
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!
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!
Maria super photographer!
with Porzelanikon director Wilhelm Siemen, Stefan Weber from Meissen factory supervisory board and director Dining for Ambiente Show Thomas Kastl
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.
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.
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!
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
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
In march I wrote this little article about the “Provoked Clay” Bologna’s exhibition, which, as a part of Carlo Zauli Museum staff, I prepared. I send it to the polish bimonthly journal called “Szkło i Ceramika” (Glass and Ceramic), and yesterday I receive the copy of it (thanks mum!).
It was really a good experience of finding the best expressions and compressing my three A4 pages of notes to demanded numbers of words. I’m really gratitude about this, finding my words on a paper was one of my dreams, and I’m excited to look for another topic. Continue reading →