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I design and produce ceramic products.
I live in Poznan Poland and work at the School of Form as an Instructor and Head of Ceramic Studio.

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“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
Ewa Klekot       —  Anthropologist
 

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photo credits : Arkadiusz Szwed


exhibition:

Reykjavik - DesignMarch
www.designmarch.is/work/people-from-the-porcelain-factory/

Ćmielow - Porcelain Factory Ćmielow
www.porcelana-cmielow.pl/

Poznań - Condordia Design
www.concordiadesign.pl

Łódz - Łodz Design Festival
http://www.lodzdesign.com/program-2017/wystawy/wystawy-kuratorskie/ludzie-z-fabryki-porcelany/

Prague - Designblok
https://www.designblok.cz/cz/vystavovatele/detail-986

Plzen - Plzeň Design Week
http://plzendesign.cz/vystavovatele/people-from-the-porcelain-factory/

Kraków - Ethnographic Museum / Maculateness/Skazitelność
www.etnomuzeum.eu/wystawy-czasowe/skazitelnosc-o-fabrykach-porcelany

Ljubljana - Slovene Ethnographic Museum / international ceramics triennial UNICUM 2018
www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/events/people-from-the-porcelain-factory/


selected publications:

www.dezeen.com/2017/03/29/human-trace-tableware-people-from-porcelain-factory-designmarch-2017-iceland/

http://culture.pl/pl/wydarzenie/projekt-ludzie-z-fabryki-porcelany

http://www.designalive.pl/ludzie-z-fabryki-porcelany-zdjecia/

www.label-magazine.com/polska-porcelana-z-ludzkim-sladem-ezp-7134.html

design alive awards 2017 / nominacja http://www.designalive.pl/daa/design-alive-awards-2017/



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