BOLESŁAWIEC ART COMMUNITY – MARIUSZ OCHOCKI
“Regardless of the inspiration in the creation process, I am constantly looking for the perfect pattern, drawing on both tradition and the present-day. I think that tableware should be not only beautiful, but also functional.”
Interview with Mariusz Ochocki (‘Ambiente’ 2017, No. 1, p. 9)
Mariusz Ochocki was born in 1962 in Bolesławiec. As a graduate of the Higher School of Fine Arts, presently the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, he apprenticed in the studio of Professor Felix Kocianowski and the workshop of ceramic techniques and technologies with professor Stanisław Szyba. He has been professionally associated with Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna’ in Bolesławiec since 1991 as the artistic manager, and as a form designer since 2012. Mariusz designs ceramics, sculpture and graphics. Geometric shapes on the base of a ball and cuboid are inspirations recognized in his ceramics.
The introduction of lumps with cut sides in place of the oval ones allowed for
a new space for the use of simple geometric motifs that wrap around the surface of the dishes. His new collections, and in particular the sushi set, were received with great interest, becoming one of the most purchased sets in Asia, America and Europe.
1998 ‘The Contemporary Stoneware of Bolesławiec 1948 – 1998,’ The Ceramics Museum in Bolesławiec.
2000 ‘The graduates from Bolesławiec of National Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław, ‘ The Ceramics Museum, Bolesławiec.
2000-2020 The International Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
2002 ‘Designers of Artistic Ceramics,’ The Ceramics Museum, Bolesławiec.
2003 ‘The Modern Design of Artistic Handicraft Cooperative Ceramika Artystyczna,’ The Ceramics Museum, Bolesławiec.
2009 ‘The Artistic of Bolesławiec Earth’ – Presentation of contemporary artistic works connected with the region of Bolesławiec, The Ceramics Museum in Bolesławiec.
2012 Presentation of products of Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna’ in Tokyo, Japan.
2013 ‘Art from the Fire’ Stoneware Dishes of Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna’ in Bolesławiec, The Central Textile Industry Museum in Łódź.
2013-2019 ‘New Design in Bolesławiec Ceramics,’ The Cultural Centre in Bolesławiec – International Ceramics Centre, Bolesławiec.
2015 Stoneware Dishes of Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna’ in Bolesławiec, The Father Krzysztof Kluk Agricultural Museum, Ciechanowiec.
2016 ‘Nature motifs on Bolesławiec Ceramics.’ The Kepler Science Centre – Nature Centre in Zielona Góra.
2016 ‘Art from the Fire.’ Stoneware Dishes of Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna’ in Bolesławiec, The Mazowsze Village Museum in Sierpc.
2016 ‘From Bolesławiec Clay’ – Exhibition of the Ceramic Communes of the Republic of Poland, The Ceramics Museum in Bolesławiec.
2016 ‘From Bolesławiec Clay,’ The Travel Museum – Palazzo della Guardia, Vietri sul Mare, Italy.
2017 ‘From Bolesławiec Clay,’ Mi. Mo Centre, Banco Monte dei Paschi di Sienna, Town hall, Faenza, Italy.
2017 ‘From Bolesławiec Clay,’ Polish Institute, Rome, Italy.
2017 ‘Good Design 2017,’ Industrial Design Institute in Warsaw.
2018 ‘Good Design 2018,’ Industrial Design Institute in Warsaw.
2018 Presentation of ceramic products in Tokyo, Nagoya, Matsumoto – Japan. Artistic Handicraft Cooperative ‘Ceramika Artystyczna.’
2018 ‘Polish-man – Artist – Ceramist,’ Tourist Information Office, Boleslawiec.
Awards and Distinctions
2018 Laureate of the Special Design of the Year award for the Culture of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for special design values for the product ‘Coffee Set’ in the decoration of ‘Bryły Geometryczne’ (geometric lumps).
2018 Laureate of the Good Design 2018 competition for special design values for the product of ‘Bowls and Fish-shaped Dishes’ in the decoration of ‘Kobaltowe Chmurtki’ (cobalt blue clouds).
2020 Award of the President of the city of Bolesławiec for the promotion of the city in 2019 in the Culture section.
Post from the series of ‘Bolesławiec art community’ was prepared as a part of the project ‘Bolesławiec – 30 years of the Council’ realized by the Ceramics Museum and the Bolesławiec Culture Centre – International Centre of Ceramics.
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