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Feb 7, 2011

by Kina Gorska

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Hello, my name is Kina and I live in Poland. Three months ago I graduated from the ceramic design program at the Academy of Art and Design and became an adult. But in the reality that surrounds me, especially in this country, I guess will never truly be an adult with a “proper” job. All I want is to play in the clay — perhaps I will never grow up.

The funny thing is that my earliest childhood memory is when I realized that ceramics is what I want to do in life. I was only 6 years old. As a child, I spent every vacation in the countryside. Along with my siblings, cousins and other children, we created quite a large, rambunctious group of kids, ready for various games. I have memories of the huge lot of us, sitting on large rocks while my dad mined clay for us from a small deposit that we found near from our house. It was my first contact with clay and though it was all in childish fun, it directed the subsequent course of my life. Soon after, I determined that my goal was to play in clay when I grew up. A few years ago, my love evolved and I betrayed my good old clay for porcelain. But as the saying goes: “All in the family!”

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I am a ceramics designer and I create everyday objects that are creative, elegant and funny. I like when you can play with them, when there is an interaction between the object and the user. I tend to gravitate toward simple, clean and aesthetic forms. Yet every now and then I make ceramic sculptures. Most of them are inspired by creations of nature, such as fungi and fractals. My sculptures are organic, but also technical — I love this contrast.

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Since I do not have my own studio, I must visualize my projects, then go once or twice a year to the porcelain factory at the other side of the country. Try to imagine such a journey, traveling with several plaster moulds, each weighing at least a few kilograms. But the way back is more fun because in addition to those moulds, I carry from a few to a dozen boxes filled with my freshly made works. A month’s stay at the factory for me is absolutely exhaustive — I often work in two shifts — but it’s a very productive time. When I return home, I begin designing the projects I will produce the following visit to the factory. I can hardly wait to get into the workshop and by the time I get home and rest, I’m ready to go again! I’m always coming up with new ideas that are impatiently waiting to be realized.

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