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People from the porcelain factory


Grundarstígur 10
101 Reykjavík

Opening event
23.03 | 18:00 - 21:00

Opening times
23.03 | 11:00 - 22:00
24.03 | 11:00 - 20:00
25.03 | 11:00 - 17:00
26.03 | 13:00 - 17:00


The factory in Ćmielów, Poland, established in 1790, has been active in fine porcelain production since 1838. The exhibition "People from the porcelain factory" features tableware where the traces of the workers touch have become visible. The project combines anthropological research with critical design.

“The Human Trace” tableware set was produced in a factory production line by workers wearing gloves with their fingertips dipped in cobalt salts. The traces of their touch remain almost invisible until firing, when they appear on the porcelain body, as cobalt turns dark blue. In this way the porcelain tableware keeps the touch of workers’ hands, revealing the role of the “human factor” in industrial manufacturing. The set has been manufactured as a part of the project “People from the porcelain factory”, which combines anthropological research with critical design. The project team consists of an anthropologist and a ceramist. It is a project in progress, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the framework of National Programme of Development in Humanities.

Curated by Ewa Klekot, anthropologist and Arkadiusz Szwed, ceramist.

Organised by Adam Mickiewicz Institute / 

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