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Ćmielów Porcelain Factory

When heritage manufacturer meets the future. As one of Poland’s oldest industrial institutions still in operation, Ćmielów Porcelain Factory holds an important place in this country’s rich design...
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When heritage manufacturer meets the future. As one of Poland’s oldest industrial institutions still in operation, Ćmielów Porcelain Factory holds an important place in this country’s rich design history and in turn, cultural tradition. Celebrating its 225th anniversary in 2015, the historical manufacturer continues to produce age-old designs and iconic motifs but has also introduced contemporary product lines over the years. Today this consists of in-house research and development laboratory – Ćmielów Design Studio, heading by Modus Design principal Marek Cecula. Making a strong impressions are now classic mid-20th century figurines. In line with many of the modernist principles of the time – simple geometry, sharp lines and bold colour combinations – these symbols became main stays in most Polish households. As trends go into retrospective, what were once outdated decorations found in the homes of elderly relatively are now highlysought-after artifacts. With names like Arab Girl or Sex Bomb, the referential implications are clear. Employing a mix of new technology and established handmade techniques, the Porcelain Factory continues to produce – as it has down for over two centuries – in Lower Poland.
Skilled craftswomen produce in mass
Skilled craftswomen produce in mass
Sculptures out the Cmielow Porcelain Factory
Sculptures out the Cmielow Porcelain Factory
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