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Cores

Porcelain, gold, 2008

Action tames the material, i.e. porcelain. It means experiencing it sensually and physically. Working on a mass-produced item leads to creating a unique, individualised object.

A subtle detail, enriching simple form, at the same time adds humorous overtones. The tooth marks left on the brim of the vessel are also a play in which the viewer’s senses are engaged, a game of knowledge/ignorance of ceramic production and the properties of porcelain. Can you really bite such a hard substance? One just can’t help a funny association – how delicious the food and drink must be if the dishes left on the table are not only emptied (‘licked off’), but also partly ‘eaten’...

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Handles

Porcelain (industrial forms), silver, 2007

Porcelain factory workers reject dozens of moulded elements a day due to minor flaws or production surplus. Usually, the rejects are then processed again. An interesting alternative is using such objects (in their early production stages) to make jewellery which requires minimum processing. It is an offer for women, who will smile when offered coffee served in a cup with a similar handle in a restaurant or during a visit at their in-laws. Only for those who can properly... 'handle' such situations!

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REproducts

Porcelain (industrial forms), decal, 2007

REplate and REcup is a series of plates, bowls, cups and mugs originally meant for scrapping as porcelain cullet because of minor technological flaws (deformations, cracks, scratches, discolouring, etc). The ornamentation is made from ceramic decal: colour samplers and fragments of text information. It gives the products a unique look, but more importantly – addresses the issue of recycling from a number of perspectives, thus raising environmental awareness. On the one hand, it is a suggestion how to re-use industrial waste accumulated in abundance and to see its creative potential. On the other hand, it helps sensitize consumers to the problem of “waste” in our culture and generally makes us reflect on the direction in which our modern-day consumerism is going.

In this project, the flaws (from the industrial point of view) become advantages and turn into essential elements of decoration. The careful viewer will notice that they contain wordplay, irony, absurdity, provocation, perversity...

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Pickled

Porcelain (industrial forms), glass, metal, 2007

Thanks to the juxtaposition of the common jar with a metal lid (imitating the colour of gold) and the handles made from precious porcelain (sometimes ornamented with gold), the result is a hybrid. A little bit of humour and irony in one.

The porcelain elements are parts of tureens, sugar bowls, jugs and containers – all from industrial by-products, rejected in production due to flaws that did not comply with quality standards.

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Uhaha

Porcelain (industrial forms), rubber, 2009

They blend the high with the low, the noble with the common, the solid with the fragile – the stronger the contrast, the better impression it makes. Thanks to the rubber suckers or appropriate fixing, the porcelain jug handles take on lots of new functions... For instance, when attached to a disposable object, they make it reusable.

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KaleidosCUP

Porcelain (industrial forms), bagged tea, 2008

It would be hard to drink from this mug, but to look through it on the sky and boost self imagination – why not?! The tea can also be an inspiration.

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Detriments

Porcelain (industrial forms), gold, lustre, 2008

Artistic resuscitation of waste is an alternative to porcelain industrial rubbish, which, mostly end their lives as an ingredients of asphalt. More nobly solution is to restore the original function to these products. Defects as chips and cracks have been glazed again (in case of safe usage), and then coloured with gold and lustres (as an element of decoration).

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Semi-products

Ornamented porcelain (industrial forms), 2007

These porcelain objects, mass produced in factories, are each only halfway on their way to the final form. A semi-product is one that is at a particular stage of production and is intended to be further processed or modified. According to this definition, the task of giving it a function is now in the hands of the customer. After a little facelift, the sky is the limit: the half-jug may be a wall lamp or a flower pot, and the half-handle may serve as a candlestick or a coaster.

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O!wady

Decorated porcelain (industrial forms), 2008

‘Fly’ (Polish: muszka; a fly – an insect) – name of technological fault in form of pointed tinge on glaze, which qualifies the product to the lower class or eliminates it from the production stage. By this way a big amount of products go to waste. According to the rule of the recycling I use products with faults (Polish: WADY) and transform technological ‘flies’ into excellent insects (Polish: OWADY).

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Laborra

Stoneware, glass, 2009

The primary function of these laboratory vessels is contradicted by their sheer lightness. The thin-sided object, pestle-shaped, may serve as a glass for drinks which are chilled in the mortar filled with ice cubes. Both are Baroque symbols of male and female sexuality and pursuit of fulfilment. Why not turn them into containers for aphrodisiacs, then?

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