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Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie środowisko artystyczne

Bolesławiec artistic community – Czesław Matyjewicz

The more we know about the world, the finer we are in the face of its immensity. The only cure for growing anxiety is to serve irrational beauty, biological continuity, to learn about the matter of the world and to record by musical, literary and, above all, plastic methods the traces of man, for without this the universe will lose its meaning.
Czesław Matyjewicz

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

Czesław Matyjewicz was born in Boleslawiec. He was encouraged to explore art by his elementary school art teacher Regina Kasprzycka, then developed his craft under Stanisława Wojda-Pytlińska. In the second half of the 1970s, he studied at the Wrocław High School of Fine Arts under the guidance of Krzesława Maliszewska, Zbigniew Paluszak, Stanisław Kukla, Bogdan Hofman and Jerzy Biniec. He studied at the Department of Sculpture at the State Higher School of Visual Arts (now the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wroclaw under professors Łucja Skomorowska, Alfreda Poznańska, Jerzy Popowski, Leon Podsiadły and Waldemar Szkatuła. After graduation, he served as an assistant at the same department.

In the 1990s, he engaged in stonemasonry and restoration work, first at the Wroclaw Monument Conservation Workshop, and then at the “Grossular” company, which he co-founded. During this time he participated, as an assistant to Alfreda Poznańska, in the restoration of the stonework decor of the Edith Stein Chapel.

After returning to Boleslawiec in 1995, he ran the sculpture and drawing studio at the Boleslawiec Cultural Center for 10 years. During that time he also served as commissioner of children’s and youth’s ceramic-sculpture open-air workshops. In 2009-2011, he took care of the House of Creative Work in Parzyce, created on the initiative of the Municipal Cultural Center in Nowogrodziec. Later he also taught drawing classes at the St. Wyspianski Youth Cultural Center in Boleslawiec. Since 2015, he has been teaching sculpture and drawing again at the Boleslawiec Cultural Center – International Ceramics Center.

He started creating in clay only after returning to Boleslawiec. That’s when he became enthralled with its versatile possibilities, but also learned about its limitations. His other passion is geology, so in his works he often combines ceramics with stone. In addition, he likes to juxtapose these materials with wood. He describes his creative attitude as follows: “I’m looking for emotions in art, for human beings. Everything we do, even abstracting from art, should turn into a jewel. I do not understand or appreciate ‘momentary’ works, such ephemera, which are created out of the need of the moment or discussion with reality.”

Czeslaw Matyevich has repeatedly participated in the International Sculpture and Ceramics Plein-Air in Boleslawiec. A plaque with his handprint has been placed in the Avenue of the Great Ceramists of Boleslawiec, located next to the building of the Boleslawiec Cultural Center – International Ceramics Center.


2008 Dom Jakuba Böhme, Zgorzelec

2010 Miejska Galeria Sztuki MM, Chorzów

2012 Muzeum Ceramiki, Bolesławiec

II LO im. J. Korczaka, Bolesławiec


BOK, Bolesławiec

Ceramics Museum, Bolesławiec

Zamek Bolków

Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, Wrocław

Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków

Zamek, Poznań

Ośrodek Kultury Ochoty, Warszawa

BWA, Legnica

Instytut Kultury Polskiej, Praga (Czech Republic)

Zamek, Český Krumlov (Czech Republic)

Rathaus, Drezno (Germany)

Polonia Haus, Berlin (Germany)

Gminne Centrum Kultury i Sportu, Nowogrodziec

Dom Pracy Twórczej, Parzyce

Miejski Dom Kultury, Zgorzelec

Galeria Zamkowa, Zamek Książ, Wałbrzych

Zamek Kliczków

Galerie “Das Pumpwerk”, Siegburg (Germany)

Centrum Kultury, Bonn (Germany)

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika “Anna”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

Ceramika “Anna” is a manufacturer of Bolesławiec ceramics based in Łaziska. The company, run by professional technologists, was initially engaged in the sale of ceramic masses, only in 2018 did it start making its own ceramics. Despite a staff of only a few people, it carries out the full production process on its own, from mould preparation to decoration and firing.

The offer of Ceramika “Anna” is dominated by utility ceramics, complemented by interior design elements. Customers are particularly interested in cobalt decorations in several editions, including those with lace and floral meadow motifs. The factory’s products find their way to foreign markets, including the Netherlands and Russia.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika „Arkadia”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

The company has been operating in Nowe Jaroszowice since 2016. Its showpiece, based on the owner’s many years of painting experience, are unique decorations made using traditional methods with stamps and brushes, including standard, unique and exclusive ones.

The workshop offers dozens of functional ceramic forms and more than 80 decorative designs, which were presented for the first time in a wider range at the Bolesławiec Ceramics Festival 2016.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika Artystyczna “Dalia”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

Operating on Lubańska Street, “Dalia” is a dynamically developing family business established in 2016. The owners focus on the production of functional ceramics, using their 20 years of experience in the industry.

The company offers four categories of decoration, including artistic, unique and exclusive. The showpiece of the factory is the lush, colourful decoration with floral motifs. An important part of ” Dahlia’s” assortment are also products made according to customer suggestions. The company exports ceramics to foreign markets: including the United States and many European countries.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika Artystyczna “Kaola”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

This is a family-owned company operating since 2016, located in Bolesławiec on Staroszkolna Street. Andrzej Pachom, known, among other things, for making large-format ceramic paintings, is responsible for designing the decorations.

In its offer, “Kaola” has mainly utility dishes, in addition to ceramic paintings and signs with a unique, artistic character. The assortment includes four categories of decoration, including unique and artistic. The factory exports its products to, among others, the United States.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika Artystyczna “Maldur”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

Located on Zabobrze Street in Bolesławiec, “MalDur” has been active on the ceramics market since 2020. It produces utility and decorative ceramics.

Unique decorations with floral motifs, especially with images of poppies and sunflowers, are popular among customers. The factory also offers traditional designs made with stamps and brushes.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

“Ceramika Artystyczna” Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego

From Bolesławiec clay - 2021

"Ceramika Artystyczna" Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego

“Ceramika Artystyczna” Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego (Artistic Ceramics Handicraft Cooperative) started its activity in 1950 on Polna Street, in the buildings of the pre-war Julius Paul ceramics factory. Initially, the plant functioned within the structures of the Folk and Artistic Industry Headquarters. In 1990, the company was relocated to the premises at 23 T. Kościuszki St. Today, the plant, expanded and equipped with the latest technology for ceramics production, provides employment for several hundred people, which places it among the largest in the area.

The company’s products are highly valued for their quality and design. In addition to utility crockery, they include jewellery, furniture handles, cutting boards, figurines and sushi sets, which are extremely popular on Asian markets.

Bronisław Wolanin
Mariusz Ochocki
Mariusz Ochocki

The dishes currently on offer were designed in terms of form by Bronisław Wolanin, artistic director and chief designer from 1964 to 2012, and Mariusz Ochocki, who has held this position since 2012. Among the most distinguished decorators are Maria Ciszewska, Anna Pasierbiewicz, Teresa Liana, Maria Starzyk, Maryla Iwicka, Irena Mączka and Jacek Chyła. The factory currently offers 1,400 ceramic forms and over 7,000 decorations signed by 24 designers.

The cooperative’s products have won many awards and distinctions at home and abroad. The company exports them to 27 countries worldwide. Some products have found their way into the collections of Polish national museums. In addition, they are eagerly used by film set designers, not only in Poland, but also abroad. The cooperative also carries out orders for the needs of various organisations and institutions, including the American CIA. It is also worth recalling that it made the service for serving the meal on board the plane on which Pope John Paul II flew from Poland to Rome in 1997.

Maria Ciszewska
Anna Pasierbiewicz
Teresa Liana
Maria Starzyk
Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika Artystyczna “Wiza”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

The company was founded in 1963 and operates in Parowa, in a modernised building once owned by the Kuno Steinmann porcelain concern. Initially small, the factory concentrated on the production of small utility products. Over time, the range was expanded to include coffee services decorated with cobalt and gold.

Today, the company offers, among other things, table and kitchen ceramics as well as articles of an occasional and haberdashery nature – a total of more than 400 forms. The catalogue of decorations currently includes 167 designs divided into several categories: folk, artistic, occasional, traditional and unique.

“Wiza” annually takes part in numerous national and international fairs and exhibitions, including in Munich, Siegburg, Frankfurt and Vilnius, winning many medals and awards. It exports its products to countries in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika Bolesławiecka “Kalich”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

Ceramika Bolesławiecka “Kalich” was founded in 2001.Originally located in Czerna, the company moved in 2014 to a modern plant on Hutnicza Street in Bolesławiec, using the building of the pre-war Deutsche Keramik Carl Schumann jr. factory.

The company offers more than 600 forms – table sets, kitchenware and decorative items. Its hallmark is rich artistic decoration, often produced in limited series. More than 500 decoration designs have been developed in-house. The company exports its products to, among others, Japan, China, South Korea, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, the UK, Canada, Taiwan and Russia. It is also present on the American market thanks to, among others, its cooperation with the Uno Alla Volta catalogue, which brings unique, handmade products from all over the world to the United States. The “Kalich” brand products have been awarded at national and international fairs and exhibitions.

Aktualnosci Bolesławieckie zakłady ceramiczne Dział Ceramiki

Ceramika “Cerkaz”

From the clay of Bolesławiec - 2021

“Cerkaz” is a family business operating on the ceramics market since 2017. The owners of the plant located in Osła have 30 years of experience in the industry. The company’s offer includes table ceramics, home decoration items, occasional and personalised products.

The showpiece of the factory are unique artistic brush paintings, among which spatial floral and animal motifs are particularly popular. The catalogue of decorations also includes traditional patterns made using the stamping method.

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