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Bolesławiec artistic community – Elżbieta Woźniewska

"... for everything that lives is unique, yet we are a whole enclosed in time and space. What we can grasp with our senses and reason becomes a universal unity. That is why I give a kind of signal, an injunction to preserve life, because if one element is missing - a character - a hole is created, the whole collapses."
Elzbieta Woźniewska
The world in a cryptogram - a conversation with Elżbieta Woźniewska, Ewa Ołenicz-Bernacka, "Rocznik Bolesławiecki 2017"

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.

Elżbieta Woźniewska was born in Bolesławiec. Between 1980 and 1983 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, at the Faculty of Graphics in Katowice. She then moved to West Berlin, where she continued her studies at the Hochschule der Künste, majoring in visual communication.

After completing her studies, she created graphic art for renowned German book publishers (e.g. Ullstein Verlag, Cornelsen Verlag, Bertelsmann), cultural institutions, advertising agencies and companies. At the same time, she continued to paint pictures, treating them as an imperative of autonomous creativity. After an academic period, she gradually simplified the subject to simple forms opening the way to abstract communication and transcendentalism.

In the early 1990s, she moved to Spain, where she established collaborations with numerous Madrid publishing houses (including Alfagaura, Anaya, Ediciones del Prado, Edaf, Mondadori, Pais Agilar, Tecnos) and the Ministry of Culture there. Inspired by Hittite reliefs from Anatolia, she began working on a series of paintings entitled ” Cryptograms”, which consists of figure-signs symbolising specific concepts such as woman, man, strength, challenge, loneliness, cause, etc. The artist uses them to create ordered compositions, which are like books written in mysterious script, waiting to be deciphered by the viewer. Presented for the first time at a solo exhibition in Madrid, ” Cryptograms ” was enthusiastically received by art critics and viewers.

In 1999. Elżbieta Woźniewska returned to Berlin, where she continued to work as a graphic designer. In 2002, she was invited to participate in the ” United Buddy Bears” campaign under the auspices of UNICEF, in which artists from all over the world were given the task of painting, according to their own ideas, a 2-metre-high figure of a bear – the symbol of the German capital. The bear exhibition was presented in more than a dozen capitals on five continents.

One day Dr Walter Andrees, director of the Staatsbibliothek Preussische Kulturbesitz in Berlin, proposed to Elisabeth Wozniewska to make a unique artist’s book to complement the library’s collection. The result was the first experimental book entitled ” Icons of Polish Womanhood”, in which each page had the form of another letter of the word “womanhood”. Other object-books followed: ‘Aphorisms’, ‘Labyrinth of Time’ and “Gilgamesh”. For the entire series, the artist received a distinction at the 8th TIME International Book Art Festival in 2008, and in 2012. “Gilgamesh” was awarded the Director’s Prize of the St. Staszic Pomeranian Bookshop in Szczecin at the 9th International Book Art Festival CORRESPONDENCE.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1997 „Elżbieta Woźniewska – Paintings and Graphics”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec

1998 „Criptogramas”, Galería Gayo Arte, Madrid; Galería Detras del Rollo, Murcia (Spain)

1999 „Criptogramas”, Sala de Exposiciones, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante (Spain)

2000 „Cryptograms”, Polish Cultural Institute, Berlin “Cryptograms”, The Society for Arts, Chicago (USA)

„Cosmopolitan”, SYSECA, Berlin

„Criptogrammas”, Centro Cultural de San Angel, Mexico City; Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán, Merida (Mexico)

2002 „Emoticon”, Bulgarian Institute of Culture, Berlin; Elisabeth Zimmerman Gallery, Berlin

2003„El colour y el vacio” (Colour and emptiness), AELE Evelyn Botella Gallery, Madrid (Spain)

2004„Kryptogramme”, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin; VIADRINA University, Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)

2005„Cryptograms”, Grodzka Gallery, BWA, Lublin, Poland

„Cryptograms Other Worlds”, Polish Institute, Prague (Czech Republic)

“Cryptograms other worlds”, Galerie Tantow, Berlin

2006 „El mundo icónico”, Museo Universidad de Murcia (Spain)

„BilderKosmos”, Galerie Söffing, Frankfurt n. Menem (Germany)

2013 Word or Image, Książnica Pomorska im. Stanisława Staszica, Szczecin (Poland).

„’Threshold of Hope”, Gallery under the Basilica, Berlin

2017 ‘Threshold of Hope”, Gallery under the Basilica, Berlin
Cryptograms”, Humboldt Universität, Berlin 2019

„Parallels”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2020 “Parallels”, City Gallery, Wrocław

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1984 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Group exhibition „Streufeuer II”, Berlin

1985 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Group exhibition „Streufeuer II”, Berlin

1986 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Group exhibition „Streufeuer II”, Galerie Friedenau, Berlin

1987 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Group exhibition, Konstancja (Niemcy)

„Annäherungen – Polnische Kulturtage in Kreuzberg”, Berlin

Group exhibition, Ballhaus, Berlin

1988 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Galerie Friedenau, Berlin

1989 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

Galerie SIM, Berlin

1990 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

1991„Zugang nicht gestattet”, Berlin

„Imagen Digital”, Centro Cultural Galileo; Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madryt (Spain)

1992 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

1993 Group exhibition of the Association of Spanish Illustrators “Pintando Poesía”, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain)

1995 Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

„Pintando Poesía”, Athens, Buharest, Mediolan, Neapol, Rome, Utrecht

1997 “Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2000 „Cosmopolitan”, SYSECA, Berlin

2001 „Cosmopolitan”, SYSECA, Hannover (Germany)

„Visionen zum Tag der deutschen Einheit”, Berlin

„Hommage a Marlene Dietrich”, Berlin

2004 „32 Positions”, Museum Modern Art, Hünfeld (Germany)

2005 „Argumenta”, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz, Poland

„Motiva”, Austria Center, Vienna (Austria)

„Focus Szymborska”, Galeríe Insel, Berlin; Kunsthaus Rehau – IKKP, Rehau (Germany)

„Little Red Riding Hood”, Galerie ZERO, Berlin

2006 „Roman Triptych”, BWA, Lublin

Concrete art exhibition, Gerard Gallery, Krzewie Wielkie

International Book Art Festival TIME, Łódź

“United Buddy Bears”, Sydney (Australia), Vienna (Austria)

2007 „Constructivo-Concreto-Reductivo-Inteligible”, Centro Cultural Isabel de Farnesio, Aranjuez (Spain)

International Book Art Festival TIME, BWA Wrocław, Lublin, Szczecin

“BWA Collection”, Grodzka Gallery, Lublin

“United Buddy Bears”, Cairo (Egypt), Jerusalem (Israel)

2008 International Book Art Festival TIME, Poster Museum – Warsaw, Chełmek, Częstochowa, Gdynia, Płock, Bremen (Germany)

“United Buddy Bears”, Warsaw, Stuttgart (Germany), Pyongyang (South Korea).

2009 „Intelligible Prozesse”, Künstlerforum, Bonn (Germany)

„Presence and Depth”, Grodzka Gallery, Lublin (Poland)

International Book Art Festival TIME, Konin, Jastrzębie Zdrój, District Museum – Bydgoszcz, Museum of Paper Industry – Duszniki Zdrój

„Polish Artists’ Books from the Turn of 20th and 21st Century”, National Library – Warsaw, Lublin, Kielce

Seoul International Book Arts Fair, Seoul (South Korea).

“United Buddy Bears”, Buenos Aires, Montevideo (Argentina), Berlin

2010  “Europe Concrete – Intelligible”, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg (Germany)

“Book Art. Polish Art Book from the turn of the 20th and 21st century”, University of Łódź Library, Municipal Public Library – Jastrzębie Zdrój, Poland

“United Buddy Bears”, Astana (Kazakhstan), Helsinki (Finland)

2011 „Book Art. Polish Art Book at the turn of the 20th and 21st century’, Centre for Contemporary Art, Toruń, Poland

Polish Art Book, Musashino University of Art, Tokio (Japan)

“Collection of the Museum Modern Art in Hünfeld”, Centrum Sztuki Galeria EL, Elbląg

“100-Tage-Kunst/ 100-days-of-art”, Verein Düsseldorfer Künstlerinnen e.V., Düsseldorf (Germany)

„United Buddy Bears”, Sofia (Bulgaria), Berlin

2012 International Book Art Festival KORESPONDENCJA, Plock Art Gallery, City Gallery – Tarnów, Ciekoty, WiM Library – Łódź, BWA Nowy Sącz

International Book Art Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art, Toruń

SIBAF – Seoul International Book Fair 2012, Seul (South Korea)

“United Buddy Bears”, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), New Delhi (India), St. Petersburg (Russia)

2013 International Book Art Festival KORESPONDENCJA, ODA – Piotrków Trybunalski, Town Library in Inowrocław, BWA Sandomierz

2nd Artist´s Book Triennial, Martin (Slovaka)

„Mach Kunst”, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin

„United Buddy Bears”, Jekaterynburg (Russia), Mexico City (Mexico)

2014–2017 „United Buddy Bears”, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Santiago de Chile, Penang, Berlin

2018 “100th anniversary of Independent Poland”, Club of Polish Losers in Berlin

„Buddy Bear Berlin”, Berlin

2019 „Buddy Bear Berlin”, Gwatemala

2020 „United Buddy Bears”, Berlin

“Artists of the Bolesławiec area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

WORKS IN THE COLLECTION
  • Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec
  • Museum Modern Art, Hünfeld
  • Museum of Book Art, Łódź
  • Musashino University of Art, Tokio
  • Galería AELE, Evelyn Botella, Madryt
  • BWA Gallery, Lublin
  • Institut für Konstruktive Kunst und Konkrete Poesie, Kunsthaus Rehau (Niemcy)
  • Książnica Pomorska im. Stanisława Staszica in Szczecin, Poland
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz
  • Staatsbibliothek Dresden and Frankfurt n. Menem
  • The Society for Arts, Chicago (USA)
and in private collections in Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Germany, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, USA, Venezuela and Italy
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Bolesławiec artistic community – Eugeniusz Niemirowski (1922-1998)

"The art of fire cannot be mastered to the end. It constantly brings new surprises. I am also learning something new, I am gaining new experiences day by day, and this will probably continue to be the case as long as I continue to create."
Eugeniusz Niemirowski
(quoted after: Paweł Śliwko, "Eugeniusz Niemirowski - a European artist", "Głos Bolesławca" 1996).

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.

Eugeniusz Niemirowski was born in Lwów. After the Second World War he settled in Wrocław. There he began his studies at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in the painting studios of Prof. Leon Dołżycki and Prof. Maria Dawska. However, during his studies he changed direction and in 1953 obtained a diploma from the Faculty of Glass and Ceramics. While still a student, he became a member of the Association of Polish Artists. From 1965 he belonged to the art collective ” Group 8″. In the 1970s he decided to change his life, left Wrocław and moved to Parzyce in the municipality of Nowogrodziec, where he bought the buildings of an old hydroelectric power station and turned them into a unique ceramics studio.

The artist himself dealt with all stages of creating ceramics, from preparing the masses and glazes through designing and making the moulds, their decoration and glazing to firing. He was known above all for producing artistic utilitarian objects such as vases, plates, bowls and various containers, with strikingly simple shapes. He gave them a unique character by adding decorations in the form of paintings or reliefs deliberately combined with smooth surfaces, often in contrasting colours. He most often used floral and animal motifs, as well as genre scenes with figures in stylised folk costumes. These decorations were often arranged in short thematic cycles, such as “knights” or “musicians”. A separate group of works consists of vessels in which the author’s glazes of varying colour, texture and lustre are the main carrier of aesthetic value.

E. Niemirowski has also become known as a creator of original relief and relief ceramic tiles. His oeuvre also includes full-scale sculptures and sophisticated colour paintings on canvas, which, however, he rarely presented at exhibitions.

E. Niemirowski’s works were exhibited at solo exhibitions in Wrocław, Bolesławiec, Jelenia Góra, Stockholm, Dresden, Semily (Czechoslovakia). The artist has also taken part in group exhibitions in Bolesławiec, Wrocław, Warsaw, Jelenia Góra, Wałbrzych, Olsztyn and Dresden. He has received many distinctions and awards for his work.

E. Niemirowski’s ceramics found their way into the collections of museums in Bratislava, Berlin and Bolesławiec, as well as private collections in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Canada and the USA.

In 1983, the studio in Parzyce hosted the well-known Polish photographer Zofia Rydet, who travelled around Poland as part of her “Sociological Record” project, photographing people in the interiors of their homes or workplaces. In Zofia Rydet’s archive (zofiarydet.pl) you can find several photographs from this visit.

We also invite you to read the catalogue published in 1983 by the Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions in Jelenia Góra on the occasion of an exhibition of E. Niemirowski’s works

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Izabela Zdrzałka

Izabela Zdrzałka as born in Załuż (Tarnopol Oblast, now Ukraine), She finished primary school, gymnasium and secondary school in Zbaraż. From 1939 to 1945 she worked in the local hospital. After the end of the war, she settled down with her family in Świebodzice near Wałbrzych.In 1946, she began her studies at the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Wrocław, where she obtained her diploma in the atelier of Mieczysław Pawełka in 1952. While still a student, she was employed at the Work Co-operative of Folk and Artistic Industry in Bolesławiec (currently “Ceramika Artystyczna” Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego), where she was entrusted with the supervision of the emerging paint shop. After completing her studies, she took up the newly created post of artistic director, which she held until 1958.

During this time she worked simultaneously as a mould designer, decorator and technologist. She put into production dozens of original vessels with asymmetrical shapes and soft lines. She developed recipes for coloured engobes, enamels and several coloured feldspar glazes (shades of brown, green and blue) and artistic reduction and crystalline glazes. She used a variety of decorative techniques: under-glaze stamping (using sponge and rubber stamps), enamels on earthenware and coloured glazes (using a cone, later a pear) and sgraffito (ornaments engraved on coloured engobes). Based on these techniques, she designed dozens of decorations that harmoniously emphasised the tectonic nature of the vessel. Initially she used motifs taken from folk art and the Bolesławiec tradition, creating painted and engraved genre scenes. Over time, she abandoned these in favour of abstract decorations in coloured glazes, referring to the style of the applied arts of the time.

In 1958, she left for the private Zakład Ceramiki Szlachetnej ‘Puchalski i S-ka’, where, until 1972, she was also involved in designing vessels, developing new glazes and supervising production. In addition, in the years 1960-1977 she taught drawing and technical drawing in secondary schools in Bolesławiec. After retiring, she designed individual moulds for various manufacturers.

In addition to her professional work, she also created unique ceramics, using the facilities of “Ceramika Artystyczna” and Eugeniusz Niemirowski’s factory in Parzyce. In 1966, she became a member of the Association of Polish Artists. The artist’s works can be found in the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec and the National Museum in Wrocław.

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.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1955 Wrocław International Press and Book Club

1962 Club of the Wrocław Association of Polish Teachers

1966–1969 Karpacz

1997 Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1952 “Polish Ceramics 1900-1952″, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

Annual District Art Exhibition, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

1953 Annual 1st May Regional Art Exhibition, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

9th Winter Exhibition of Fine Art, Radom

1st National Exhibition of Ceramics and Artistic Glass, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

1955 “Bolesławiec Stoneware 1945-1955″, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

“The Best Souvenir of Cooperative Production”, Warsaw

1962 The Best Souvenir of Cooperative Production”, Warsaw
Third Exhibition of Interior Design of the Wrocław District, Wrocław

1957 National Exhibition of Interior Design, Central Office of Artistic Exhibitions, Warsaw

Annual District Exhibition of Plastic, BWA, Wrocław

1958 District Exhibition of Interior Design and Graphics, BWA, Wrocław

1959 Exhibition of Visual Arts of the Nadodrzańskie Lands, Central Art Exhibition Office, Warsaw

1960 “Artists in Industry”, Central Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions, Warsaw

Second National Exhibition of Ceramics and Artistic Glass, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

District Exhibition of Ceramics and Artistic Glass, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

1962 Third Exhibition of Interior Design of the Wrocław Circle, Wrocław

“Boleslawiec Stoneware in the Creation of Ceramic Artists”, Silesian Museum, Wrocław

1963–1964 Exhibition accompanying the “Spring of Boleslawiec”, Boleslawiec

1965 “Artists in Industry”, BWA, Wrocław

1979 1st National Exhibition of Artistic Ceramics in Walbrzych-Książek

“Bolesławiec Stoneware” Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

1984 “Bolesławiecka Stoneware”, BWA, Poznań

1989 “Bolesławiec Stoneware Yesterday and Today”, Środa Śląska, Warsaw

“Bolesławiecka stoneware of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries”, National Museum, Wrocław

1992 “Selected Collections of Artistic Ceramics”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

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

MAJOR AWARDS

1954 Prize of the Minister of Culture and Art in the souvenir competition, Gdansk

1955 Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for a set of works presented at the exhibition “Bolesławiec Stoneware 1945-1955”.

1956 Award in the competition for a souvenir accompanying the XXV International Poznań Fair

1959 Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for lifetime achievement

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Jagoda Siegień

Jagoda Siegień was born in Bolesławiec. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (diploma in the atelier of Professor Christos Mandzios) and the Faculty of Puppetry at the L. Solski State Academy of Theatre in Kraków (diploma performance entitled “Skin” directed by Konrad Dworakowski and an individual diploma: “The Skin” directed by Konrad Dworakowski and an individual diploma: a performance for children entitled “Unlucky Man”). In 2015-2018 she collaborated with the Wrocław Youth Theatre, where she co-created performances for children. For several years, she has been leading theatre and art workshops for children of different ages. In 2016, as part of the Erasmus+ programme, she completed an internship at Teatro de Marionetas do Porto in Portugal. She had the opportunity to work with Agata Duda-Gracz, Piotr Ratajczak and Tomasz Mann, among others. She has participated in many international plein-airs, workshops and festivals. Her beloved subject is dogs.

Currently, she is mainly involved in acting, but uses her sculpting skills to create theatrical forms. In 2018, she prepared an original monodrama dedicated to the young Aleksandra Piłsudska – “The Rocket Woman. The thing about Ola Szczerbińska”‘. Currently, she is fascinated by macramé and creates most willingly in this technique.

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.

EXHIBITS

2010 „Radiator newly”, Exhibition summarising the High Temperatures Festival, Galeria EM_S, Wrocław

„Portrait”, photo exhibition, Still-Bar, Krakow

2011 Post-exhibition, ZłomArt, Pleszew, Poland

Post-competition exhibition of the 2nd Józef Kopczyński Student Biennial of Small Sculptural Forms, Poznań

2014 „Silk ear”, video installation, exhibition entitled. “Technical problems”, MD_S Gallery, Wrocław

2016 „Several pictures from the past without titles”, painting, Klubokawiarnia Szara Wrona, Wrocław

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

AWARDS

2011 Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Sculpture and Spatial Activities, University of Arts in Poznań

2nd Student Biennial of Small Sculptural Forms named after Prof. Józef Kopczyński, work entitled “Landscape”. “Landscape”

Grand Prix in the 1st edition of the competition for the most interesting spatial form realised during the 11th International Foundry Workshop organised by the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk

2016 Artistic scholarship of the Mayor of Wrocław

Award for directing at Roma Teatro Festival XI, diploma performance entitled. “Unlucky”

PERFORMANCE
2011-2012

“Cage Cake Dog Box”, Aviary 6, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław

“What will a boy do without a dog?”, ASP, Wrocław

“In Memory of My Druh Natividad”, Engram Gallery, Katowice, Poland

“Dialogue with voice”, Municipal Art Centre, Gorzów Wlkp

“Training”, Combined Transaction – Conference, ASP, Wrocław

“Never again…”, Rather Gallery, Poznań

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Janina Bany-Kozłowska

"I believe that what I do doesn't require special acclaim. I simply design ceramic forms and try to do it well. I am very strict with myself, I know that a designer has to be creative, constantly searching, setting the bar high for their own abilities. (...) For years I have been fascinated by nature, in which I subconsciously look for inspiration. It is puzzling that in nature everything has its harmony, we are not blown away by contrasts of colour or form. Man can only bow his head, because we can never achieve this perfection."
Janina Bany-Kozłowska
Ceramics teaches humility - a conversation with Janina Bany-Kozłowska, Katarzyna Żak, "Rocznik Bolesławiecki 2009".Ceramics teaches humility - a conversation with Janina Bany-Kozłowska, Katarzyna Żak, "Rocznik Bolesławiecki 2009".

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.

Janina Bany-Kozłowska is one of the best-known designers of Bolesławiec ceramics. For 45 years, this outstanding artist has shaped the design characteristic of local stoneware, masterfully combining centuries-old tradition with contemporary trends in form and decoration. She is the author of around 1,600 forms of crockery, which found their way into the series production of the Bolesławiec Ceramics Factory, as well as the company logo.

The artist graduated from the High School of Fine Arts in Szczecin. In the years 1968-1973 she studied at the State Higher School of Visual Arts (presently the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wrocław in the atelier of docent Halina Olech, docent Irena Lipska-Zworska and docent Rufin Kominek. She obtained her diploma in 1973 at the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass Forms Design. In 1974, she was employed as a designer at Bolesławieckie Zakłady Ceramiczne Przemysłu Terenowego (currently Zakłady Ceramiczne “Bolesławiec”). From 1987 to 2019, she held the position of chief designer. In her professional work she was guided by the motto: “to design must be timeless, seeking optimal solutions that combine the beauty of the vessel with its function”. The crockery she has designed exemplifies the adaptation of traditional form to the requirements of modern design. The functionality of the vessel is the artist’s priority, and its purpose determines its form. Janina Bany-Kozłowska’s designs are distinguished by the combination of classic, pure form with harmonious proportions. Since 2019, the artist has been working at the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre, where she runs ceramic-sculpture classes for children, young people and adults.

Janina Bany-Kozłowska also creates ceramic sculptures. Her works are characterised by an excellent sense of proportion and perfect use of a wide range of glazes made according to her own recipes. She has participated in the Bolesławiec Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-airs many times (in 1975-77, 1986-88, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000). She has had 10 individual exhibitions held in Warsaw, Łódź, Koszalin, Jelenia Góra and Bolesławiec in the years 1977-2015. It is impossible to list all the collective exhibitions and fairs during which her work was presented. Among the most important to mention are: “Creative Presentations” (Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, 1975), Biennale of Polish Ceramics (Wałbrzych, 1983, 1985, 1987), “Bolesławiec stoneware” (BWA Poznań, 1984), “Polish contemporary ceramics” (IWP in Warsaw, 1990), “Made in Bolesławiec. Utility and art enchanted in stoneware” (Museum of the History of Katowice, 2004) and “Wiecznie młode – polski vintage” (IWP in Warsaw, Gallery “Design” Wrocław, Gallery “Arsenał Sztuki” in Kiev, 2007). She has also participated in many exhibitions abroad: in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Budapest, Sofia, Vienna, Poitiers, New York, Miami Beach, Bornholm, Vietri sul Mare, Rome, Ancona and Faenza.The works of J. Bany-Kozłowska are currently in the collections of the National Museums in Warsaw, Krakow and Wrocław, the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, the Regional Museum in Sanok, the Art Centre – Zamek Książ, the Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Höhr-Grenzhausen (Germany) and in private collections at home and abroad.

Janina Bany-Kozłowska is the recipient of many awards and decorations. Among the most important are: “Pattern of the Year 1983” (award of the Foreign Trade Headquarters “Minex” at the Poznań International Fair, 1983), 1st prize of the Association of Ceramics Producers in Wałbrzych (1983, 1985), 2nd prize of the Minister of Culture and Art at the All-Polish Artistic Ceramics Biennale in Wałbrzych (1987), “Wzór Roku 1996” (“Design of the Year 1996”) (award of the Minister of Economy, selection was made from among the products decorated by the IWP with the “Dobry Wzór ’96” (“Good Design ’96”) mark), “Dobry Wzór” (“Good Design”) (Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005), Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair “Domexpo” (1996, 1999), Lower Silesia Key of Success (for Ceramic Works “Boleslawiec”, 2002), “Hit Polish Product 2005” (award granted by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, 2005), “Best Product EuroGastro 2013” at the XVII International Gastronomic Fair (Warsaw, 2013), “Export Personality” in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship (Wrocław, 2016). For her professional work, contribution to the creation and promotion of domestic design, she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit (1986) and the Silver Medal “Meritorious to Culture Gloria Artis” (2015). Her commitment to the promotion and development of local production has also been recognised in Bolesławiec itself. In 2014, she received the Honorary Award of the Mayor of Bolesławiec for the promotion of the city, and in 2015 she was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Bolesławiec. Her name, together with a handprint, was also placed in the Avenue of Great Ceramists of Bolesławiec located at the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre.

We invite you to watch Łużyce Television footage featuring Janina Bany-Kozłowska:

Relation from the ceremony for the awarding of the medal “Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis”

An interview in the series “In the world of passion”

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Janina Jadwiga Sarzyńska

"My work is a reflection of my explorations, experiences and transformations. It is an encrypted code, a diary of geometric or organic signs illustrating these processes."
Janina J. Sarzyńska

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.

Janina Jadwiga Sarzyńska was born in Osła and has lived and worked in Bolesławiec since her school years. In 2001, she graduated from the Faculty of Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts (now the University of Arts) in Poznań. Her studies allowed her to explore theoretical issues in contemporary art in the area of geometric abstraction and concrete art and inspired her to think about important values not only in visual arts, but also in music, poetry and philosophy. She included her conclusions in her master’s thesis “Geometry of Abstraction. Introduction to the work of Gerard Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski’, whose supervisor was Professor Roman Kubicki. At the Faculty of Art Education, she also simultaneously studied, among other things, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking and interdisciplinary activities. She obtained her artistic diploma in the sculpture studio of Prof. Kazimierz Raby, presenting a sculptural-photographic series “Peeping at the Grey”.

She works in sculpture, painting and photography and, from 2019, also in film. In her work, different disciplines merge and intermingle; sculpture inspires photographic and graphic activities, and photographs of the natural world inspire watercolour painting. All these disciplines make up the space of her artistic explorations, experiences, records of abstract signs, codes, from their geometric forms to their organic suppleness.

She has presented her work in exhibitions at home and abroad (Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania). In 2005 and 2006 she took part in the International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-Air in Bolesławiec. She is a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers, Wrocław District.

Since 2002 she has dealt with pedagogical work. In the years 2002-2007 she worked in secondary schools in Bolesławiec as a teacher of art subjects. She creates original educational programmes, which she also implements with young people in school extracurricular activities.

In 2008, she completed postgraduate studies at the University of Wrocław in cultural studies, broadening her pedagogical competences to include issues of cultural theory, musicology, theatre studies and film studies. In 2007-2009, she cooperated with the Lower Silesian Teacher Training Centre in Wrocław and the Teacher Training Centre in Jelenia Góra as a lecturer of courses on art and art therapy workshops. In the course of this cooperation, she prepared and published original didactic programmes for teachers, which she presented at workshops, scientific conferences and as part of the Interreg III A programme Saxony – Lower Silesia. She has also produced a series of original multimedia and interdisciplinary lectures on art and culture entitled “Encounters with Art”.

You can find out more about the work of Janina Jadwiga Sarzyńska on her website.

We invite you to watch a video with the artist’s participation prepared by the editors of the portal istotne.pl as part of the series “Beyond the everyday”.istotne.pl.

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS

2007 Scholarship of the Board of the Lower Silesian Voivodship

2008 Distinction in the National Photo Contest “Dialogue – Till I Feel, Understand and See. Christianity-Judaism-Islam”.

2010 Award of the Mayor of Bolesławiec for promotion of the city in the field of culture

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2001 Photography – 37th International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec

Diploma, Sculpture/photography. Rotunda Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Poznań

Sculpture/photography, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec

2002 Sculpture/photography. MDK Gallery, Zgorzelec

2004 Sculpture/photography. Gallery “U prstenu”, Prague (Czech Republic)

2005 Sculpture/photography/painting, Jacob Böhme House, Zgorzelec

2006 „Rozmowy traw”, painting, Gallery “Format”, Municipal Public Library, Bolesławiec

„Rozmowy w podróży”, painting/photography, Gallery “N”, Jelenia Góra

2007 „Back to Conversations on the Move”, Lower Silesian Centre for Teachers’ Improvement, Wrocław

„Back to Conversation Travel”, ceramic sculpture/photography, Gallery “N”, Jelenia Gora

2008 „Day and Night”, sculpture/photography, Neris Neris Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

„Day and Night”, sculpture/photography, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw (Poland)

2012 „She & Her”, ceramic painting/sculpture, M. Twerda Gallery, II LO, Bolesławiec

2013 „She & She. On the Road”, painting/sculpture/photography, 55th anniversary of GOKiS Gromadka, Hall of Mirrors, GOKiS, Gromadka

2014 „My life story”, sculpture/photography/painting, 10th KUNST:offen in Sachsen, Gallery Neun Görlitz, Görlitz (Germany)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1996 Exhibition of graduates on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the First Secondary School in Bolesławiec, BOK, Bolesławiec

1998 „Presentations’98”, painting/sculpture, MDK Gallery, Zgorzelec

2003 „Contemporary Design of the Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna” in Bolesławiec”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Bolesławiec

2005 Photography, exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the “Nowy Ląd” mine in Niwnice, Town Hall, Lwówek Śląski

2005-2006 Post-exhibition of the 41st International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec; Town Hall – City Gallery, Wrocław

2006 „Does Art Have a Gender?”, sculpture/graphic, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec

2006-2008 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the 42nd International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-Air, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Bolesławiec; MDK Gallery, Zgorzelec; Arsenal City Museum, Wrocław; Česká Lipa (Czech Republic); Museum of Technology, Warsaw

2008 Exhibition of the National Photo Contest “Dialog – Till I Feel, Understand, See. Christianity-Judaism-Islam”, Stary Browar – Słodownia, Poznań

2009 „Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2010 Exhibition of the Faculty of Art Education at the University of Arts in Poznań accompanying the International Scientific Conference “Subject. Art | Therapy | Education”, UAM Gallery, Poznań; organisers: Faculty of Health Sciences of the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznań, Faculty of Art Education of the University of Arts in Poznań, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

2011 „Combined transaction’, exhibition accompanying the conference as part of the presentation of the Faculty of Art Education of the University of Arts in Poznań, Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław

2016 „Lower Silesia in the Making”, Lower Silesian Centre of Photography Domek Romański, Wrocław.

Participation in the presentation of Lower Silesian artists and their work as part of the artistic and research programme Silesia Art Biennale 2016 and European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, OKiS, Wrocław.

2017 „Lower Silesia in the making”, Ring Gallery, Legnica; OKiS; Wrocław.

„In search of art, science, passion – graduates of the I Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Bolesławiec, 1946-2016″, State Archive in Wrocław Branch in Bolesławiec

2018 „And we after the ECC… Expression, Structure, Colour”, Museum of Architecture, Wrocław; ZPAP Wrocław

2020 „Artists of the Bolesławiec area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Joanna Mysłek-Michnowska

"I definitely prefer intuitive art, the kind from the heart, full of emotion, not calculated for commercial success and profit. For me, art can have many different dimensions, it can educate, observe, frighten, please, sadden, the important thing is that it moves us, that we stop and think."
Joanna Mysłek-Michnowska
The world constantly surprises me - a conversation with Joanna Mysłek-Michnowska, Katarzyna Żak, "Rocznik Bolesławiecki 2012"

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.

Joanna Mysłek-Michnowska was born in Końskie. She studied at the Department of Ceramic and Glass Design at the State Higher School of Fine Arts (now the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wrocław. She obtained a diploma in artistic ceramics design in the studio of Prof. Irena Lipska-Zworska and in industrial ceramics design in the studio of Lidia Kupczyńska-Jankowiak. For over 20 years, she has been running her own ceramic studio at the St. Wyspianski Youth Cultural Centre in Bolesławiec, as well as drawing and painting classes for children, young people and adults. For many years, she worked concurrently as a teacher at the District Complex of Special Schools and Institutions in Bolesławiec. As she says, she is not so much a teacher and guide for her pupils as simply a companion on their artistic journey – a good spirit who helps them overcome various difficulties, encourages them to take the next steps, points out new directions and perspectives.

She works in ceramics, drawing and painting. Artistically, she fulfils herself by working primarily in ceramic material, but also draws and paints, among other mandalas.

For her teaching activities, based on the cultivation of local ceramic traditions, she was awarded in 2005. Award of the Mayor of Bolesławiec for promoting the city in the field of culture.

EXHIBITS

1990, 1991, 1994 „Ceramics of the Young”, Wrocław

1994 Postgraduate Exhibition, Museum of Medal-Making, Wrocław; Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2004 „Beyond that…”, exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the MDK Bolesławiec, Bolesławiec

2009 „Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2015 „20 years of the ceramic studio of the Youth Cultural Centre in Boleslawiec”, Museum of Ceramics in Boleslawiec, Boleslawiec

2018 „Pole – Artist – Ceramist”, Town Hall, Bolesławiec

2019 „Three Women – Three Matter”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2020 „Artists of the Bolesławiec area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Jolanta Ajlikow-Czarnecka (1929-2007)

"Create, because art will become the most important category for modern man. Be the avant-garde!"
Jolanta Ajlikow-Czarnecka

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.

Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, together with the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre, is beginning to publish a series of posts presenting artists born in Bolesławiec or associated with our city. This is one of the elements accompanying the exhibition devoted to the activities of the Bolesławiec artistic community prepared by the Ceramics Museum within the framework of the third instalment of the “Friends for the new Museum” project

In the first post, we recall the figure of the eminent artist and educator, the late Jolanta Ajlikow-Czarnecka, who for many citizens of Bolesławiec remained “the beloved Professor” until the end of her life.

Jolanta Ajlikow-Czarnecka (born 29 July 1929 in Łódź) studied painting under Wojciech Weiss, Adam Marczyński, Czesław Rzepiński and Jonasz Stern, and graphics under Witold Chomicz at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, from which she graduated in 1956. In 1954, she settled in Bolesławiec, where she discovered her second vocation – art education for children and young people. She worked at the Vocational School Complex in Komuny Paryskiej Street, the Pedagogical Secondary School and Secondary School for Kindergarten Teachers, Primary School No. 5 and the Youth Cultural Centre. For the longest time (22 years) (1970-1992), she taught art education at Wł. Broniewski Secondary School No. 1.

As an educator, she became known as a charismatic, extremely dynamic person of great sensitivity, endowed with the courage of uncompromising, honest expression. She was always authentic and true to the hierarchy of values she professed. Her ability to find the element of beauty and truth in people placed her among the most outstanding art teachers in Poland. She obtained the highest, third, degree of pedagogical specialisation, and in 1985 she began to implement her own curriculum for teaching visual arts. In over 30 years of teaching, she has educated a number of well-known cultural figures, including artists, critics and art historians. She had close, almost family-like bonds with her students, which continued long after she graduated. For many years, she was the main initiator of the District Art Knowledge Tournament, which she created in 1972 with the aim of opening up and sensitising children and young people to art. Since 2009, the tournament has borne her name.

At all times, the artist combined her teaching work with her own creative work. She practised painting, drawing and printmaking, searching for diverse forms of expression. In addition to oil paintings, she created pastels, expressive portraits painted in acrylics and collages made mainly of paper as constructions composed in contrasts. She was also involved in paratheatre and performance movement. Her work shows a fascination with the idea of “pure form”, striving for an abstract geometrisation of the depicted world, emphasised by a rippling colour scheme. She has presented her work at solo exhibitions in Bolesławiec, Zgorzelec and Jelenia Góra, as well as at many group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. She has been honoured with, among others: Medal of the Commission of National Education, Gold Cross of Merit, Order of Polonia Restituta and awards and distinctions from the Minister of Education, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Culture and Art.

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Justyna Turek

Justyna Turek was born in Bolesławiec. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. In 2012, as part of the Erasmus+ programme, she participated for a semester in classes taught by design experts at the Aalto School of Arts, Design & Architecture in Helsinki (Finland).

She has presented her works, projects and installations (scenographies) at many international festivals, e.g. Light Move Festival in Łódź, Sziget Festival in Budapest (Hungary), Photography Never Dies in Wrocław (as part of the European Capital of Culture project), Milan Design Week in Milan (Italy), European Glass Design (international exhibition), Paris Design Week in Paris (France), Brussels Design Week in Brussels (Belgium), Design.S in Brno (Czech Republic), Libensky Awards exhibition in Prague (Czech Republic) and many others. She has repeatedly participated in international open-air workshops (Czech Republic, France), workshops and study tours (e.g. Luxembourg, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Turkey, Portugal).

She has been working as a designer and researcher for 7 years, using her design skills to create innovative and sustainable service and product solutions for companies in Poland and abroad. She also teaches young designers how to creatively collaborate with business, and entrepreneurs how to benefit from the value of working with designers. She is involved in organising events on the borderline of design, design and business. She is a co-creator of the design field research tool Design Safari.

Justyna Turek has had the opportunity to work and gain experience at places such as Next Agents in Stockholm (Sweden), Change Pilots (Poland), UrbanGlass in New York (USA) and Dan Yeffet Design studio in Paris (France). In order to gather inspiration and knowledge about changing societies and cultures, she travels all over the world. For the past 4 years, she has been completely dedicated to exploring the topic of habits and rituals under the brand Modern Rituals.

Watch the video presenting the installation and performance Glass Lab 1.0 prepared by the artist at the Sziget Festival.

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Bolesławiec artistic community – Katarzyna Hałas

"Katarzyna creates [...] peculiar paintings and sculptures - simple, delicate, seemingly fragile. She is inspired by the human figure and the natural world. She simplifies the forms, defining only the basic shape of the chosen motif. [...] She attempts to unite her forms with light and air. He combines his glass sculptures with ceramics and metal. In this way, he introduces a kind of dissonance between the "'ephemerality" of glass matter and an otherwise, more concretely felt structure made of clay or metal."
Elżbieta Kantorek

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.

Katarzyna Hałas was born in Bolesławiec. She graduated from the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, where she obtained a diploma in ceramics in the studio of Professor Irena Lipska-Zworska, complemented by an annex in painting and drawing in the studio of Professor Leszek Mickoś.

She currently lives and works in Inowrocław. She designs furniture, sanitary ceramics, sodium and crystal glassware, table ceramics (faience and porcelain), printed fabrics and jacquards, as well as arranging interiors for public, office, commercial and private flats. She is the author of new interior design for many Inowrocław institutions, including the Irena Dubiska Concert Hall, the Jan Kasprowicz Municipal Library, the Juliusz Zarębski State Music School, the Kujawski Cultural Centre and the Municipal Theatre. The products she designs have won awards at many exhibitions and industrial design fairs in Poland and abroad.

She also runs her own glass studio, where she creates utilitarian objects and large-format glass objects used as elements of residential and public interior design. In her works, she likes to mix techniques and materials.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1990/91 Exhibition of drawings, Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Wrocław

1991 Diploma exhibition, “Not Only Us” Gallery, Wrocław

1993 „Glass and Ceramics” J. Kasprowicz Museum, Inowrocław

1995 “Shamot Sounds”, Gallery “Open”, Bydgoszcz

„Glass and Ceramics”, Inowrocław

1996 „Beautiful Things”, exhibition of design lines designed for HSG Irena SA and Deco Glass, HSG
Irena showroom, Kraków

„Glass and Ceramics”, Bolesławiec

1998 Exhibition of glass, “Piękna” Gallery, Warsaw

1999 Exhibition of glass, “Puenta” Gallery, Sopot

2003 “Attention! Glass”, J. Kasprowicz Museum, Inowrocław

“Caution! Glass”, BB Gallery, Kraków

2004 Glass exhibition “Europe”, Luxembourg

Glass exhibition “Consignment to Europe”, Gallery “Geo”, Antwerp (Belgium)

2005 “Attention! Glass”, BB Gallery, Wrocław, Poland

“Attention! Glass”, Palace in Lubostron

“Attention! Glass”, Camarillo Gallery, Szczecin, Poland

2009 “Secrets”, exhibition of ceramics, glass and drawing, Town Gallery, Inowrocław

2010 “Secrets”, exhibition of ceramics, glass and drawing, BWA City Gallery, Bydgoszcz

2012 „Cud-in-ności” Palace in Lubostron

„Cud-in-ności” Mieszczański Court, Toruń

2019 “Bruised”, City Gallery, Inowrocław

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

1990/91/92 Exhibition “Ceramics of the Young”, Wrocław, Kłodzko

1992 Exhibition of the best diplomas 1990-91, Gdansk

1993 Painting exhibition, “Picasso” Gallery, Warsaw

Post-exhibition of XXIX International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air, Bolesławiec, Jelenia Gora, Wrocław

1994 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the XXXth International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air, Bolesławiec, Jelenia Gora, Wrocław

1995 Competition exhibition “Glass ’95”, “Otwarta” Gallery, Bydgoszcz

1996 Exhibition of competition works “Glass ’95”, Frankfurt International Fair (Germany)

Post-exhibition of the XXXI International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BWA, Jelenia Góra

„Abitare il tempo”, Werona (Italy)

“Art and utility”, Poznań

“Art and industry”, Poznań

2nd Edition of Glass Partisan, Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City (Mexico)1996 3rd Biennial of Bydgoszcz Art, BWA Bydgoszcz

Post-competition exhibition “Glass ’95”, Institute of Industrial Design, Warsaw

1997 Global Glass, Tucson, Arizona (USA)

Post-exhibition of the XXXII International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air, BWA, Jelenia Góra; Ossoliński National Institute, Wrocław; “Gra” Gallery, Warsaw

Exhibition of decorative art, ULAN Warsaw

2000 “Gift from Poland”, Gallery “OPERA”, Warsaw

2001 “Polish Object Art”, Madrid

2005 Exhibition of Polish Design “Designed In Poland”, Berlin

Contemporary Polish Design Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

2006 Exhibition of Polish design “Designed In Poland”, Hamburg (Germany)

2007 Exhibition of Polish Design “Designed In Poland”, Munich (Germany), Mumbai (India), Copenhagen (Denmark)

2008 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the International Ceramic and Painting Plein-air in Barlinek, Barlinek

2009 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the International Ceramic and Painting Plein-air in Barlinek, Dwór Mieszczański, Toruń

2010 Post-Plenary Exhibition of the International Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air in Bolesławiec, BOK Gallery, Bolesławiec

“hallo”, exhibition of the artistic and social project, BWA, Bydgoszcz

2011 “Polyphony. Contemporary Polish Design”, Madrid (Spain)

2015 Exhibition of Polish design “Designed In Poland in Milan at the World Exhibition EXPO 2015

2016 Exhibition of Polish design “Designed In Poland in Budapest

2018 “On the other side of things. Polish design after 1989”, National Museum, Krakow

2019 “Wild River”, Nieszawa

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

DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS

Second place in the National Competition “Glass ’95” for a set of “Impresja” crystal vessels (Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Poznań)

Prize of the Institute of Industrial Design “Good Design ’95” for a set of “Impresja” crystal vessels

Award “Forma ’96” in the “Form and Usability” competition for a set of “Fan Fan Tulip” crystal vessels designed for HSG Irena

Prize “Forma ’96” in the “Form and Usability” competition for a sodium glass set “Solomon set” designed for Deco Glass Krosno

Distinction “Forma ’96” in the “Form and Usability” competition for a set of unique forms “Diet”.

Distinction at the 3rd Bydgoszcz Art Biennale 1996 for a set of unique sculptural forms

Award of the Institute of Industrial Design “Dobry Wzór ’97” [Good Design ’97] for a set of sodium glass vessels “Solomon’s set” designed for Deco Glass Krosno

Award of the Institute of Industrial Design “Dobry Wzór ’97” for a set of crystal glass vessels “Fan Fan Tulipan” designed for HSG Irena

Distinction of the International Fair in Katowice ’98 for the composition of sanitary ceramics of the “Clivia” and “Viva” models in combination with glass and metal.

Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair ’97 for the “Imperial” set designed for HSG Irena

Distinction in the competition “Wybór Roku 2002” (“Choice of the Year 2002”) organised by the monthly magazine “Łazienka” for the sanitary ceramics set “Sonata”.

Prize “Form 2002” at the International Trade Fair in Frankfurt

Award of the Mayor of the City of Inowrocław “Animator of Culture 2004”.

Pearl in the Crown of Kujawy – award for the fountain in the Market Square in Inowrocław, project 2010.

Award for the best exhibit of the PAIZ exhibition “Designed in Poland”, Budapest 2016.

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
National Museum in Warsaw, National Museum in Kraków, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico, Schoen Palace – Museum in Sosnowiec.
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