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Bolesławiec artistic community – Bronisław Wolanin

"I dream of an ideal design, something timeless. For years, the Rosenthal company has been realising one of Walter Gropius' designs (...). This pattern of dishes is still fashionable because it is timeless, universal, simply perfect. It is my dream and a constant challenge at the same time."
Bronisław Wolanin
I dream of the perfect design - an interview with Bronislaw Wolanin, Katarzyna Żak, "Rocznik Bolesławiecki 2008"

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.

Bronisław Wolanin was born in 1937 in Bełżec. In 1956, after graduating from the High School of Fine Arts in Zamość, he enrolled in the Department of Ceramics at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Wrocław. He obtained his diploma in 1962 in the atelier of Professor Julia Kotarbińska. In the same year he began working as a teacher of ceramics at the Basic Vocational School in Bolesławiec. In 1964 he took the position of artistic manager and designer of the “Ceramika Artystyczna” Handicraft Cooperative in Bolesławiec. In 1980 he became artistic director at the “Bolesławiec” Ceramic Works with the task of preparing and implementing a new range of products into production. In 1985, he returned to ” Ceramika Artystyczna”, where he worked continuously until 2012.

During his decades of work, B. Wolanin introduced several hundred new shapes and types of forms and decorations into Bolesławiec design. His designs are influenced by various traditions and concepts of applied arts. In the 1960s, he created a series of vessels inspired by the 18th-century products of Bolesławiec potters, with walls decorated with ribbing or plastic overlays. In the next decade, he designed a collection of vases alluding to Scandinavian design, distinguished by simple, geometric shapes, which were covered with colourful matt, glossy and crystalline glazes by the technologist A. Skowroński. At Bronisław Wolanin’s inspiration, craquelé glazes in pastel colours were introduced. In the mid-1970s, on the artist’s initiative, there was a return to the pre-war, stamp-based method of decoration. The artist favoured the “fish scale” motif and delicate, point-like stamps covering the entire surface of the vessel, as well as a sparing colour scheme based on the traditional cobalt and bronze of Bolesławiec. For Zakłady Ceramiczne Bolesławiec, he created a series of vases and pot covers inspired by flower cups. Juxtaposing different schools and traditions, Bronisław Wolanin showed extraordinary attention to the careful selection of proportions in each designed form.

From the late 1970s onwards, he also created ceramic paintings – porcelain and stoneware tiles of intricately applied tiny petals in subtle tones of brown, black and blue. These intimate compositions are a synthetic record of images of nature and states of mind. Another of the artist’s passions, pursued at plein-air workshops in Czech porcelain factories, was the design of porcelain cups and jugs with complex, fanciful shapes, decorated with variously coloured glazes.

Bronisław Wolanin died in 2013. The Biennale of Ceramic Masters organised by the Porcelain Museum in Wałbrzych and the Unikat Foundation bears his name. The artist’s works can be found in the collections of: National Museums in Warsaw, Wrocław, Szczecin, Poznań and Gdańsk, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Museum of Upper Silesia in Bytom, Museum in Gliwice, Museum of Copper in Legnica, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse (United States), Cravatica Academy in Zagreb (Croatia) and Museo Internacional de Cerámica Contemporánea in San Nicolás de Los Arroyos (Argentina).

We invite you to view footage of the artist:

An interview from the series “In the world of passion” produced by Lusatia Television

Report from the opening of the ceramics and drawing exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław realised by portal dokis.pl


1970 Medal for a collection of ceramic sculptures at the International Ceramics Triennial in Sopot

Prize at the Poznan International Fair for “Export Novelties”.

1973 Bronze Medal at the national exhibition “Visual Artists from the Circle of Cepelia”

1983 „Design of the Year” – prize of the Foreign Trade Centre “Minex” at the Poznań International Fair

1987 First prize (Gold Star of Quality) at the Valencia International Fair for Ceramics and Glass

First prize at the 5th Biennale of Polish Ceramics in Wałbrzych

1988 Gold Cross of Merit

1990 First prize at the competition exhibition “Polish Contemporary Ceramics”, Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw

1991 First Prize of the Minister of Culture and the Arts and Gold Medal at the 5th International Ceramics Triennial in Sopot

1996 „Design of the Year” – award of the Minister of Industry and Trade

1998 First prize in the “Forma’98” competition at the Poznan International Fair

1999 First prize in the international competition for wedding table arrangement at the fair “Ambiente ’99” in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

2006 „Award of the Year 2005″ of the Wrocław District of the Polish Artists’ Association for the best individual exhibition

2007 Honorable Mention at the International Biennial of Contemporary Mosaics in San Nicolás de Los Arroyos (Argentina)

2011 Bronze Medal for Meritorious Culture Gloria Artis

Honorary Citizenship of the City of Bolesławiec


1968 „Ceramics and Drawing”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

1969 „Painting, Ceramics and Drawing”, BWA, Wrocław

1972 BWA, Legnica

1973 BWA, Kłodzko

1974 „Bronisław Wolanin’s Ceramics”, Gallery at Journalists, Wrocław

1975 Museum w Jeleniej Górze

1976 District Copper Museum, Legnica

1977 BWA, Wałbrzych

1979 Bronislaw Wolanin’s artistic ceramics, BWA, Jelenia Góra

1980 BWA, Piła

1981 „Bronislaw Wolanin Ceramics, National Museum, Wrocław

1983 BWA, Zamość

1984 Centre of Polish Culture, Berlin (Germany)

Polish Institute in Paris (France)

1986 BWA, Zielona Góra

1987  International Ceramics Fair, Valencia (Italy)

1990 BWA, Jelenia Góra

1992 „Olimpia”, London (United Kingdom)

1994 Malmö (Sweden)

Polish Trade Centre, Toronto (Canada)

1995 Muzeum Nadwiślańskie, Kazimierz Dolny

1997 „Bronisław Wolanin’s Ceramics”, District Museum, Łomża

2000 „Bronisław Wolanin’s retrospective exhibition of ceramics on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna in Bolesławiec”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Bolesławiec

2004 „Bronisław Wolanin ceramics exhibition”, Poznań International Fair, Poznań

2005 „Bronisław Wolanin – ceramics”, National Museum, Poznań

2006 Historical Museum, Bielsko-Biala

2007 Museo Internacional de Cerámica Contemporánea, San Nicolás de Los Arroyos (Argentina)

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse (USA)

2008 Copper Museum, Legnica

2009 Bolesławiec Cultural Centre, Bolesławiec

2010 Gallery of Contemporary Art, District Museum, Łomża

Cepelia Gallery, Warsaw, Wrocław

2011 Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

2014 Polish Institute in Prague

Polish Institute in Bratislava

2014-2015 Regional Museum, Chojnów

2016 Music and Literature Club, Wrocław

2018 „Two roads – Bronislaw Wolanin and Edward Roguszczak on their 80th and 90th birth anniversaries”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec

„Ceramics and drawings”, Academy of Fine Arts, Wrocław


1965 „XXIII Concorso Internazionale della ceramica d’arte, Faenza (Italy)

1969 „Polish Applied Art”, Moscow, Riga (USSR)

1973 „Polish Contemporary Art 1945-1973″, Duisburg (Germany)

1981 „La Ceramica Contemporanea Polacca”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Faenza (Italy)

1982 „Textile, Ceramics, Glass” Moscow (Russia), Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan), Prague (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia)

1983 „Ceramists from Poland”, Vallauris (France)

1984 „La céramique do Bolesławiec”, Polish Institute in Paris (France)

1986 „Contemporary Wrocław Art 1945-1985″, Albertinum, Dresden (Germany)

1987 „Internazionale della ceramica d’arte”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Faenza (Italy)

1990 „PWSSP in Wrocław 1946-1990″, “Zachęta” Gallery, Warsaw (Poland)

1992 „Encounters with Poland”, Gallery of Ceramists, Borne (France)

1998 „Polish Design of the 20th Century”, National Museum, Wrocław

2000 „Common Things – Polish Products 1899-1999″, National Museum, Warsaw

2004 „Polish Ceramics and Glass of the 20th Century”, National Museum, Wrocław

2006 „European Ceramic Context”, Bornholm (Denmark).

„Ornamenta Silesiae”, National Museum, Wrocław

2006-2007 „The Challenge of the Tie. The Tie as Croatian Contribution to World Cultural Heritage”, Gdansk, Krakow, Zagreb (Croatia), Vienna (Austria), Sofia (Bulgaria), Berlin (Germany)

2009 „Design – Antidesign”, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland

2011 „After the centenary” – jubilee exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of ZPAP, BWA, Wrocław, Poland

2012 „New Opening”, ZPAP exhibition, Warsaw

„We Wrocławians”, DAP Gallery, Warsaw

„Collection or Emotions. Ceramics from the collection of Iwona Siewierska”, BWA, Wrocław; BWA, Jelenia Góra

2013 Bronisław Wolanin Biennial of Ceramic Masters, Museum of Porcelain, Wałbrzych

2014 „Collection, or passion”, Polish Institute in Prague and Bratislava

2017 „Z bolesławieckiej gliny’, Polo Museale del Palazzo della Guardia, Vietri sul Mare; Polish Institute, Rome; Museo della Città i Showroom Contemporaneo, Ancona; Town Hall, Mi.MO Gallery and Banco Monte dei Paschi di Sienna, Faenza (Italy)

2018 „Polak Artista Ceramik” Triennale Bolesławiec, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec

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

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