Tradition of porcelain in Poland goes back to XVIII-th century. August II Wettin, who was a patron of Meissen and most important porcelain collector of his time, was a King of Poland. The first porcelain manufacture in Poland was established in 1838, other factories in similar time appeared in Lower Silesia. In 1930s Polish porcelain was influenced by Art Deco style, while 1950-1960 was a period of New Look, when Polish designers created modern forms enchanting till today. Contemporary artists continue this tradition of work in a strong liaison of designers and manufacturers.
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Porcelanowa is a small concept store situated in the center of Warsaw. Our mission is to present ceramics through the personality of artist – his/her conceptual and physical efforts, necessary to create the final object. The object’s design should be based on its function, but also unique.
We started our collection of modern, polish ceramics with big manufacturers, selecting the artistic design lines in their offer, including Ćmielów Design Studio, Kristoff Design Line. Ćmielów is cooperating with Modus Design Studio, created by Marek Cecuła – a world class artist, designer, craftsman and sculpturer. Teacher and curator. Holocaust survivor. Professor of pottery with Parsons School of Design in New York, fellow member of the National Academy of the Arts in Bergen, Royal College of Art in London. After many years of international work, in 2012 established Modus Design Studio.
Among Marek Cecuła’s projects most popular collections are New Atelier, Pogięta, Geometria. Black & White collection is the newest one.
Kristoff invited a few polish artists to design decoration for traditional porcelain forms – Marek Mielnicki, Maria Jeglińska, Magda Pilaczynska and others.
Marek Mielnicki is a versatile designer, not allowing himself to be limited to one particular dimension. Able to design almost everything, including small graphical forms, magazine layouts, internet pages, and interiors. A graduate of Poznań Academy of Arts, amateur musician, member of the Minilabisci group.
His “Circus” collection is an attempt to retain passing time in an upstanding, fragile material – porcelain.
Maria Jeglinska was born in France in 1983. Took part in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad: Centre Pompidou Metz, Villa Noailles, Barbican Art Gallery i Triennale di Milano. Graduated from ECAL Lausanne with diploma in industrial design. “Nathalie & George” collection is inspired by a pair of post-modern designers, Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden, active in Italy in 1980s.
Manufaktura Bolesławiec, famous for hand-made and hand-decorated pottery, according to traditional formulas – invited Oskar Zięta, Dorota Koziara to create hand made decoration on pottery. Each piece is unique in terms of its shape, color and decorative pattern.
Looking for contemporary design we also invited smaller, private manufacturers found on different Design Festivals – the winners of Must Have in Lodz, artists representing polish pavilion on Expo in Milan. As we are the first showroom of polish porcelain in Warsaw, many artists contact us themselves to start some form of cooperation.
Most products available in Porcelanowa are functional objects of everyday use. But we also present artistic objects with exceptional forms – decorative elements with their own identity, as for example pieces of work by Monika Patuszyńska designed for Peter Marino, for Maison Guerlain, Paris. In this category we also have exceptional vases by Malwina Konopacka, exhibited and awarded in Milan, Marseilles and New York.
In Polish contemporary design we can find inspirations based on the Northern European/Nordic style, with simplicity close to that one of Danish or Finnish origin. In parallel, we can see our artists’ continued fascination with the Polish New Look of 1950s and 1960s. At the same time, nowadays’ availability of top class kaoline, clay, other materials and technical solutions give our artists an unprecedented freedom and opportunity to express their vision in countless styles and forms combined with high quality.
As ENDE Ceramics Studio – active with design and manufacturing of modern pottery. ENDE projects are everyday objects that combine functionality, form and high-end material. Products designed by Natalia Gruszecka are characterized by an unexpected mix of modern form, elegant details and humoresque elements.
We also have space for young, independent artists who find their place in contemporary world and make effective use of their access to global education and markets. Designers and craftsmen study in the best schools of England, which is still a Mekka of the European porcelain, or the Netherlands and other places. Objects by Aoomi, Krafla and Fenek available in our gallery can be bought also in Amsterdam or Copenhagen.
Polish design is increasingly recognised in the world. Our artists are present in all important exhibitions. Only in 2017 we received 13 Red Dot Design Award Oscars. Our artists regularly participate in Salone del Mobile in Milan and in Tokyo Design Week. An important event was 2015 Expo Exhibition in Milan, with the presentation of La Tavola Polacca – The Polish Table. In Porcelanowa we present almost all objects presented in these exhibitions that entered manufacturing stage.
Our store is situated close to Zachęta Modern Gallery, Kredytowa 2 Street in the center of Warsaw, in a walking distance from Krakowskie Przedmieście and Warsaw Old Town.
We are open daily from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday to 3:00 PM, Sunday closed. Speaking French and English.