In the third series of events held as a part of the MASTER’S MATTER program, in collaboration with artists and experts we discovered for the audience the matter of ceramics. In accordance with the program’s assumptions, the matter was taken up by art historians, critics, antiquarians, collectors, artists and designers of applied forms.

Fire renders the soft and malleable clay brittle but strong. The master’s hands give it an artistic form. This series provides the audience with the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge of Stanisław Brach’s working methodology. Numerous different ceramic techniques, various types of firing, the scale, the flourish and the variety of forms are the scopes which Professor Brach touches upon in his didactic practice when teaching students of the Ceramics Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

In our explorations of ceramics we reached a private studio where Marika Nowak and Weronika Surma follow their passions and sensitivity. We learned about the artists’ inspirations, ideas and their output.

We discussed the value of ceramics, its use in sculpture and architecture as well as its artistic and functional values with Cezary Lisowski from DESA Unicum Auction House and Kaja Muszyńska from the National Museum in Warsaw.

MASTER’S MATTER | CERAMICS – online events:
December 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
video premiere on YT channel: “Impresje o materii ceramiki” (“Impressions on the Ceramics Matter”)
December 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – event streaming on the Materia Mistrza fanpage:
10:45 a.m. – presentation of the speakers and series announcement
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Block I: Ceramika i jej relacje (Ceramics and its Relationship with the Surroundings)
Meeting with the expert Kaja Muszyńska (the National Museum in Warsaw) and artists – Weronika Surma and Marika Nowak devoted to the relationship between ceramic matter and its surroundings. In the conversation, by investigating the material’s history and contemporaneity, we find answers to questions of what ceramics has been and is for its users, and how this relationship functions in the field of visual arts. Conducted by: Iga Knysak.
12:00-12:45 p.m. – Block II: Wartości ceramiki (The Values of Ceramics)
A meeting dedicated to the various aspects and qualities of ceramics. With Cezary Lisowski, an art historian, and Stach Brach, an artist who uses ceramics as his main medium, we talked about the possibilities offered by this technique. We asked about the use of ceramics in architecture  and considered it as a medium that is being rediscovered by visual artists of the younger generation. Another topic of our conversation was ceramic design and collecting ceramics. Conducted by: Karolina Kliszewska.
December 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
video premiere on YT channel: “Detal z pracowni ceramicznej” (“Detail from the Ceramic Studio”)

MASTER’S MATTER is a program created by the Nizio Foundation “The Creators”. The founder of this organization is the architect and sculptor Mirosław Nizio, owner of the Nizio Design International architectural studio, author of numerous public space projects: museums, historical exhibitions, expositions, memorials, scenography. He is also the founder of the Nizio Gallery which, by co-organizing the Master’s Matter program, provides a new look on the point of contact between tradition and modernity in design.

Organizer: The Nizio Foundation “The Creators”
Curators: Iga Knysak, Karolina Kliszewska
Honorary Patronage: Ilona Soja-Kozłowska, Mayor of Praga-Północ District of Warsaw
Partners: Nizio Interior, Nizio Design International, Studio Bank, Look Inside, Politura&Ska, Zielona Łodyga
Media Patronage: TVP Kultura, Radio Kampus, RDC 98.1 MHz, NÓW. Nowe Rzemiosło, Tygodnik Przegląd, Trendy Art of Living, Praska Ferajna, Projekt Pracownie
Editorial Collaboration: RMF Classic
Project co-financed by the capital city of Warsaw