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.
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
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
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.