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Monika Patuszyńska

Tied to the intimate, tactile, challenging and expressive qualities of her chosen medium, Warsaw-based Monika Patuszyńska has spent more then 20 years exploring and perfecting porcelain. As the former...
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Tied to the intimate, tactile, challenging and expressive qualities of her chosen medium, Warsaw-based Monika Patuszyńska has spent more then 20 years exploring and perfecting porcelain. As the former president of the International Ceramics Symposium, Porcelain Another Way and current Artistic Director of the Institute of Design in Kielce, she is a strong voice in the ceramics scene. Constantly reevaluating constraints, the master ceramist dedicates her own practice to the process rather than results – what she deems a ‘side effect.’ “I’m an accident tamer, playing with the nature of mistakes, however this quickly becomes a technique,” she explains. “I’m not interested in conquering nature or the material but rather treat it as a partner.” In recent years, Patuszyńska has developed two distinct approaches; NonForms – investigating the possibility of casting porcelain without paster moulds, considering the role of the void as inherent to vessels – and TransForms – a series conceived from broken and crippled moulds, collected in ceramic factories, borrowing details and traditional processes. The former results spherical bowls, resembling the moon’s surface – that Peter Marino has just integrated into his historical Geurlain boutique in Paris, while the latter creates totem-like structures.
TransForms glazed in different colours
TransForms glazed in different colours
TransForms glazed in different colours
TransForms glazed in different colours
Monika Patuszynska is a major voice in the international ceramics scene
Monika Patuszynska is a major voice in the international ceramics scene
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