The colorful bison of Mariusz Dydo is not an ordinary porcelain trinket. It is also a small work of art. The author is a renowned artist, he has many sculptures on his account, even altars, but also porcelain figurines are created in his studio - tiny ceramic sculptures that adorn the modern interiors.
Such porcelain souvenirs have recently enjoyed great demand around the world. Perhaps it is because in times when everything is made by tape, we miss non-mass objects. Porcelain producers are returning to the forgotten practice of hiring artists in factories, but more and more fragile knickknacks also come from tiny manufactures of artists such as Mariusz Dydo. Artists rediscover the beauty of porcelain, designing figurines that will decorate our apartments.
Fashion for porcelain figurines, decorating interiors, has a long history. It exploded in Bavaria in the middle of the 18th century. Then a group of pug lovers decided to order figurines of their favorites in the porcelain factory in Meissen. Porcelain dogs were liked by everyone - among their amateurs there were such famous figures as queen Maria Antonina or Józefina Bonaparte. From that time, the hallmark of the recognized Meissen factory has become not only luxury dinner services, but also various figurines and fragile trinkets produced exclusively for decoration.
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The second great wave of popularity of porcelain figurines survived thanks to Polish artists associated with the Institute of Industrial Design. In the 1950s and 1960s, they designed ceramic "pikes" - abstract figurines of animals and people resembling characters from Picasso's paintings. Produced mainly by the porcelain factory in Ćmielów, they have become a sensation of exhibitions all over the world, enjoying a population almost equal to the Meissen trinkets. And today they are an extremely "hot commodity" among collectors.
There are not two identical figures, each has an individual feature. The artist first makes a drawing, then the hand-carved models are created. The next stage is the execution of plaster molds, into which the porcelain mass is poured. In this way, an intermediate is created, which then has to be manually trimmed. It is burned and applied with paint, then glazed and put back into the oven again. Buying such a porcelain sculpture, we have a guarantee that it is unique and unrepeatable. Perhaps it will be the beginning of a great collection?