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Bolesławiec artistic community – Anna Stawiarska

I have this affliction of talking to clay. I only tell her compliments. I stroke it and pat it in a friendly manner. I praise her for her grace and nobility. We like each other." - Anna Stawiarska, Catalogue of the exhibition "Ceramics
Anna Stawiarska
Katalog wystawy “Ceramika”, Miejska Galeria Sztuki MM, Chorzów 2013

This post from the series “Bolesławiec artistic community” was prepared within the framework of the project “Bolesławiec – 30 years of local government” carried out by the Museum of Ceramics and the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre.

Anna Stawiarska was born in Gliwice and came to Bolesławiec when she was twelve years old. She is a graduate of the State Higher School of Visual Arts (now the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wrocław, where in 1980 she obtained a diploma in ceramic design in the studios of Prof. Irena Lipska-Zworska and Prof. Rufin Kominek. In 1993, she received a first degree qualification in fine arts in the artistic discipline of small sculptural form. She deals with drawing, but above all she is a ceramicist. She makes landscape reliefs and intimate spatial forms that allude in texture, shape and colour to natural objects such as rocks, minerals and fossilised plants. She is not tempted by extravagant and complicated compositions, as she considers them contrary to the nature of the material. The artist has mastered to perfection the combination of ceramic masses with different plastic properties and colours. Firing such complex mixtures requires a perfect mastery of technology based on numerous trials and experiments. However, the end result is always to some extent a coincidence – and that is the magic of ceramics.

Anna Stawiarska has devoted a large part of her life to teaching and therapy of people with disabilities through art. In 1987, she began working at the Institute of Fine Arts of the J. Długosz Academy (now the University of Humanities and Sciences) in Częstochowa, where she organised a ceramic sculpture studio and developed a curriculum for it. In 1993, she participated in the creation of a branch preparing for the profession of ceramist- decorator at the primary school for intellectually disabled youth in Katowice and for nearly 10 years she ran her own ceramic studio there. In the period 2003-2013 she was a lecturer of courses “Art and knowledge of culture in a reformed school” and “Pedagogical therapy with art therapy” at the faculty of pedagogy at the Higher School of Humanities and Economics (now the Academy of Humanities and Economics) in Łódź. In the period 2007-2016, she also worked as an assistant professor in the field of graphic design at the Silesian College of Information Technology and Medicine in Chorzów. At the same time, she taught sculpture lessons at the High School of Fine Arts in Tarnowskie Góry. In addition, she was involved in the organisation and development of therapeutic projects organised by the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology (Department of Art Therapy) of the University of Silesia and the Silesian Library in Katowice.

In addition, she conducts art therapy and art education classes in out-of-school facilities based on an original programme. In the years 1992-1998 she was a teacher at the Youth Palace in Katowice, and from 1996 to 2003 she worked as an instructor at the Training and Rehabilitation Workshop “Unikat” in Katowice.

Anna Stawiarska is also keenly involved in social activities. In 1994, she was among the founders of the Association for Supporting Creativity and Development of Disabled People “Unikat” and served as its president until 2000. She was also a founder and long-term vice-president of the Association of Chorzów Artists. Since 2000, she has been secretary of the Social Council of the Municipal Art Gallery “MM” in Chorzów. He is also the founder and president of the Association for Supporting Creativity and Art, established in 2011. Association for the Support of Creativity and Development AKME. Between 2016 and 2019, she ran a ceramics studio as part of the Chorzów Senior Academy. Since 2015, she has been running a ceramics studio at the Municipal Cultural Centre “Batory” in Chorzów.

In 2007 she received the Award of the Mayor of the City of Chorzów in the field of culture, and in 2010 she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit


1985 Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

Gallery “Jatki”, Wrocław

Gallery “Plus”, Chorzów

1988 Salon BWA, Bytom

Gallery “Plus”, Chorzów

Anna Kareńska Gallery and Stage, Poznań

1990 Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Częstochowa

Gallery “Plus”, Chorzów

Gallery “Vitro Art”, Świdnica

Gallery “Art Deco”, Katowice

1991 “In the Garden of Eden”, Open Gallery of Ceramics, Wrocław, Poland

1992 “About Stone”, BWA Gallery, Częstochowa

1993 “Small Things Not Necessary”, Gallery “Inny Śląsk”, Tarnowskie Góry

1995 “On Stone cont.”, Museum of Ceramics, Boleslawiec

1997 “Texture, structure, colour”, Gallery 9, Prague (Czech Republic)

2000 “In the Garden of Eden”, Salon BWA, Częstochowa; Municipal Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

2001 “In the Garden of Eden cont.”, BWA Salon, Książ Castle, Wałbrzych, Poland

2002 ”Small unnecessary things cont.”, Gallery “Fryna”, Ruda Śląska

2005 “Places”, Gallery “Steel Angels”, Bytom

„Grain”, 25th anniversary of creative work, Miejska Galeria Sztuki “MM”, Chorzów

2008 “Perfect Opposition”, City Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

2009 “Around Structure”, Vauxhall Palace Gallery, Krzeszowice

“Triple Portrait”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2010 Ceramic sculpture exhibition, “Unikat” Gallery, Chorzów

2012 “Parallelism of Structures”, National House, Cieszyn

2013 “30 and 3 by 3″, 30th anniversary of creative work, Miejska Galeria Sztuki “MM”, Chorzów


1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 Biennial of Polish Ceramics, Książ Castle, Wałbrzych

1983-1994 Post-exhibitions of the Polish Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec; BWA Salon, Jelenia Góra; BWA Salon, Wrocław

1991 ”Place – a collection of moments”, Salon BWA, Częstochowa

“Jurassic Autumn, Salon BWA, Częstochowa

1992 5th National Triennial of Religious Sculpture, “Propozycje” Gallery, Kraków

1995 6th Kraków Triennial of Religious Sculpture, Zachęta Society, Kraków

Post-exhibition of the International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BWA Salon, Jelenia Góra; Ossolineum, Wrocław; “Gra” Gallery, Warsaw

1997 ”Decentrisme. Dialoque avec invisible”, Polish Institute, Paris

“A l’aube du siècle nouveau”, Paris

2nd Portrait Triennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Radom

1998-2019 Autumn Exhibition of the Association of Chorzów Visual Artists, Chorzów Museum; City Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

III Autumn Exhibition of Fine Arts, Salon BWA, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski

1999 ”Attitudes. Flat and spatial in metal and stone”, Galerie 9, Prague (Czech Republic), City Art Gallery, Wrocław; Gaude Mater Gallery, Częstochowa

2000 “Wspólnota 2000. Cross the threshold of hope”, City Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów; Archdiocesan Museum, Katowice

Post-exhibition of the International Painting and Drawing Plein-air, City Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

“Artists of 20th Century Częstochowa”, City Art Gallery, Częstochowa

Post-exhibition of the International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, Ossolineum, Wrocław

2001 “Vystava Stdrużeni Chorovskych Umelcu”. City Theatre, Zlin (Czech Republic)

“Together and Apart”, Termoli (Italy); Polish Institute, Rome; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole; Municipal Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

“Painting, Sculpture, Graphics”, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kolobrzeg; Municipal Art Gallery “MM”, Chorzów

VIII Kraków Triennial of Religious Sculpture, Franciscan Monastery, Kraków

2002 Everything and More – Painting – Graphics – Sculpture, “Stara Kordegarda” Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2004 XI Biennale of Sacred Art “Sacrum 2004”, BWA salon, Gorzów Wlkp.

“Ceramic Dialogues”, Castle New Wisnicz; Nowa Huta Cultural Centre, Kraków

“Artists – Museum. Art of Earth and Fire”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

“Naposled in malem”, Galerie 9, Prague (Czech Republic)

“Encounters”, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Wrocław

Post-exhibition of the International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, City Museum, Wrocław; Gallery of Contemporary Art “Profil”, Poznań; Gallery of the Polish Institute, Prague (Czech Republic), Castle, Český Krumlov (Czech Republic)

“Schlesischer Kunst”, Galeria Villa Herus, Remagen (Germany)

2009 “Art, Education, Science”, BWA Gallery, Częstochowa; BWA, Opole

VIII Festival of High Art, Steel Angels Gallery, Bytom

“Painting and Sculpture”, Limanowa Land Museum, Limanowa

2010 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the 1st International Post-Industrial Plein-Air, Miejska Galeria Sztuki “MM”, Chorzów

2011 XI Festival of High Art “Between the Sun and the Moon”, Gallery “Steel Angels”, Bytom

2012 Post-exhibition of the 2nd International Post-Industrial Plein-Air, City Gallery of Art “MM”, Chorzów

2020 “Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec


Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom

Zamek Książ Art Centre in Wałbrzych

Municipal Gallery of Art, Częstochowa

Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec

Museum in Chorzów

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