“The Human Trace” tableware has been manufactured as a part of the project “People from the porcelain factory”, carried out in one of the oldest ceramic factories in Poland, Ćmielów, established in 1790 and active in fine porcelain production since 1838.
The porcelain set was produced on a factory production line by workers wearing gloves whose fingertips were dipped in cobalt salts. The traces of their touch remain almost invisible until firing, when they appear on the porcelain body, as the cobalt turns dark blue. In this way the porcelain tableware keeps the touch of the workers’ hands, revealing the role of the “human factor” in industrial manufacturing.
The project combines anthropological research with critical design, with the team consisting of an anthropologist, Ewa Klekot and a ceramist, Arkadiusz Szwed. It is a project in progress, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the framework of the National Programme of Development in Humanities.
The project had been recently presented at Design March - Reykjavik, Łodz Design Festival, Designblok - Prague and more...
Authors of the project:
Arkadiusz Szwed — Idea and Design, Curator
Ewa Klekot — Anthropologist, Grant menager,Curator
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photo credits : Arkadiusz Szwed
Reykjavik - DesignMarch
Ćmielow - Porcelain Factory Ćmielow
Poznań - Condordia Design
Łódz - Łodz Design Festival
Prague - Designblok
Plzen - Plzeň Design Week
Kraków - Ethnographic Museum / Maculateness/Skazitelność
Ljubljana - Slovene Ethnographic Museum / international ceramics triennial UNICUM 2018
Gdynia - Centrum Designu Gdynia i Pomorski Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Gdynia
Budapeszt - Galeria Platan
Sofia - Polish Institute in Sofia
London - Victoria and Albert Museum / FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
design alive awards 2017 / nominacja http://www.designalive.pl/daa/design-alive-awards-2017/
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