In my work, I reach for the sources. When I started to get involved in ceramics, I found a washed up brick at a beach made out of beautiful, red clay. In my hands, I was holding a ceramic element and at the same time, many years of history, thousands of anecdotes, large and small buildings, millions of people all over the world who process clay. From this moment on, becoming a ceramist is linked to the constant acquisition of knowledge about my predecessors and their creations. Both those who created tableware and those who made bricks.

 

Combining the old with the new, the found with the made, the unwanted with the re-created, the natural with the produced makes up my artistic language.

I am curious about the curves of time providing for the non-repeatable repeatability of phenomena. I watch; I translate changes and movement into my own language. I don’t comment on the encountered situation directly. I construct artefacts and spaces, thought-provoking, breaking out from the rhythm of everyday life. Sometimes, the use of found objects, changed by the passage of time, introduces the past into the beholder’s present, invokes time as the source of transformation. Alternatively, my works give the impression of ‘functionality’. The viewer is then faced with these questions: What is their purpose? How can they be used? How does form change in time and space?

 

The practise itself consists of thorough craftsmanship engagement, systematic repetitions, in which one finished piece improves the subsequent one. Of understanding the material and its properties. Of experimenting with its capabilities and my limitations.

Olga Milczyńska  

Born in 1982 in Poland.

 

Education:

 

2012 - 2014 Master’s Degree, Faculty of Art Education, University of Fine Arts, Poznan, Poland

2009 - 2011 Diploma ofThe Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Center for Glass and Ceramics, Bornholm, Denmark

2005 - 2006 Bornholms Hojskole, AAkierkeby, Denmark

2001 - 2005 Bachelor’s Degree in International Culture, Faculty of International and Politics Studies,

Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

2000 - 2004 Fashion Design School, Cracow, Poland

 

Work experience:

 

2020 curator od an exhibition Progress does not exist", Łódź Design Festival, Poland

2019 curator of an exhibition “Making things” , Łódź Design Festival, Poland

2019 cofounder of Association Nów. New Craft Poland

2016  cofounder of august design studio

2015  Ceramic expert in the project ”New life of smoked ceramics” financed by Polish Ministry of Culture. 

2012  Present, Teacher at University of Social Science and Humanities, Design Department - School of Form, Poznan, Poland

2011 - 2012 Head of ceramic workshop at University of Social Science and Humanities, Design Department School of Form, Poznan, Poland

 

Practice at:

Marek Cecuła, Poland

Kim Dae Woong, South Korea

Maya and Nicolas Rousseau, France

Anne Mette Hjortshoj, Denmark

Martin McWilliam, Germany

Nic Collins, England

 

Exhibitions

2020 Zeitgeist, Dutch Design Week , online

2020 Progress does not exist, Łódź Design Festival, Poland

2020 Forms of the future, Arena Design, Poznań, Poland

2019 Nów w pełni, annual exhibition of Nów. Nowe Rzemiosło

2019 „ Girls to the workshop”,  Institut of Design, Kielce, Poland 

2019  Indonesia Contemporary Ceramic Biennale, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia

2019 collaboration with Anna Szaflarski: „It filled Wells, it pleased the Pools”

  „Between Swimming and Dryland” w Kunstverein Reutlingen, Niemcy 

2019 „Is colar a colour” Łódź Design Festival, Budapest Design Week

2018 August – Irina Grishina, Olga Milczyńska, Galeria BB, Wrocław

2018 The Other Side of Things. Polish Design After 1989. National Museum in Cracow, Poland

2018 PolishUp, Łódź Design Festival, Łódź, Poland

2017 Must Have!  Birds, Łódź Design Festival, Łódź, Poland

2017 Colors and Structurer, Stara Kopalnia, Wałbrzych, Poland
2017 A Storm That Cannot Be Seen, Gdynia Design Days, Gdynia, Poland

2017 Lust, inSPIRACJE Festival, Szczecin Poland

2016 Młodzi na start, ELLE Decoration, Łódź Design Festival, Piotrwowska OFF, Łódź,
2016 Młodzi na start, ELLE Decoration, Gdynia Design Days, Gdynia, Poland

2016 „Must Have” 10/960 Siwaki, Łódź Design Festival

2015 online show at Elia Now – Europe’s emerging artist festival

2015 “Simple Constructions” a solo show at gallery Łęctwo, Poznań, Poland

2014 “Lust”, Site specific installation in Poznan, Poland

2014 M. Dokowicz Competition, Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery, Poznań, Poland

2014 Nexo Skulptur 2014, Sculpture Festival, Nexo Denmark

2013 “Bitter- Bitter”, group exhibition at Art Uniwersity, Poznań, Poland

2013 Nexo Skulptur 2013, Sculpture Festival, Nexo, Denmark

2013 International Ceramic Festival, Mungyoung, South Korea

2013 “Trade Combined”, Exhibition at ASP Muzeum, Wrocław, Poland

2012 Nexo Skulptur 2012, Sculpture Festival, Nexo, Denmark

2011 International Ceramic Assecory Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea

2011 “Flow”, Dym, Cracow, Poland

2011 Exhibition at Kunstmuseet Bornholm, Holmen, Designer Zoo,

Malmø Form/Designcenter and Coburg Glasmuseum in Germany

with the graduation show, “Crash and Burn” 

2010 “Olga’s Dream”, Gallery Orum, Seul, South Korea,

2010 “Particular Wave”, Gallery Vang, Bornholm, Denmark

 

Publication

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D7eEpy_fCU&t=45s

https://www.vogue.pl/a/nowe-zycie-rzemiosla

http://www.elia-artschools.org/festival/work/where-art-thou

http://www.trendtablet.com/19995-olga-milczynska/

http://www.biznesistyl.pl/lifestyle/podroze/2200_medynia-wlasnie-stad.%20ceramika-wczoraj-i-dzis.html