This post from the series “Boleslawiec artistic community” was prepared within the framework of the project “Boleslawiec – 30 years of local government” implemented by the Museum of Ceramics and the Boleslawiec Cultural Center – International Ceramics Center
Mariusz Ochocki was born in 1962 in Bolesławiec. He is a graduate of the State Higher School of Visual Arts (now the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wrocław, where he studied in the sculpture studio under Prof. Feliks Kociankowski and in the ceramic technique and technology studio under Prof. Stanisław Szyba.
He is involved in ceramic design, sculpture and printmaking. In 1991 he started working at the Cooperative of Artistic Crafts “Ceramika Artystyczna” in Bolesławiec as a mould designer. Since 2012, he has held the position of chief designer and artistic director at this company. His forms are mainly based on simple geometric shapes, such as a sphere or a cuboid. In his most recent designs, the dominant shape is the truncated cone.
The introduction of solids with truncated sides in place of oval ones has created a new space for the application of simple geometric motifs that wrap around the surface of the vessels. His new collections, particularly the sushi set, have been received with great interest, becoming one of the most frequently purchased sets in the Asian, American and European markets.
1998 „Contemporary stoneware of Bolesławiec 1948-1998″, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2000 “Bolesławiec Graduates of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Wrocław”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2000-2020 “Ambiente” International Trade Fair, Frankfurt near Main river (Germany)
2002 “Designers of Artistic Ceramics”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2003 „Contemporary Design of the Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna” in Bolesławiec”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Bolesławiec
2009 „Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”. – presentation of works of contemporary visual artists connected with the Bolesławiec region, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2012 Presentation of ceramic products by the Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna”, Tokyo (Japan)
2013 „Art from fire. Stoneware vessels of the Handicraft Artistic Cooperative ” Ceramika Artystyczna” in Bolesławiec”, Central Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Łódź
2013-2019 „New design in Bolesławiec ceramics”, Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre, Bolesławiec
2015 „Stoneware from the Artistic Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna”” in Bolesławiec”, Krystof Kluk Museum of Agriculture, Ciechanowiec
2016 „Nature motifs on Bolesławiec ceramics”, Kepler Science Centre – Nature Centre in Zielona Góra
“Art from fire. Stoneware vessels of the Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna” in Bolesławiec”, Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Sierpc.
“Z bolesławieckiej gliny” – exhibition of the Association of Ceramic Communities of the Republic of Poland, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
“From the clay of Bolesławiec”, Museum of Travel – Palazzo della Guardia, Vietri sul Mare (Italy)
2017 “Z bolesławieckiej gliny”, Gallery Mi.MO, Banco Monte dei Paschi di Sienna, Town Hall, Faenza (Italy)
“From the clay of Bolesławiec”, Polish Institute, Rome (Italy)
“Good Design 2017”, Institute of Industrial Design, Warsaw (Poland).
2018 “Dobry Wzór 2018”, Institute of Industrial Design, Warsaw
Presentation of ceramic products of the Handicraft Cooperative “Ceramika Artystyczna”, Tokyo, Nagoya, Matsumoto (Japan)
“Pole – Artist – Ceramist”, Gallery of the Tourist Information Point, Bolesławiec
2020 “Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2018 “Design of the Year for Culture” – special award from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for the special design qualities of the coffee set in the “geometric solids” decoration
“Good Design 2018” – award from the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw for the special design qualities of a collection of fish-shaped bowls and platters in the “cobalt clouds” decoration
2020 Award of the Mayor of Bolesławiec for the promotion of the city in 2019 in the field of culture