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Marek Cecula

Biography to Display: 

1944 Born Kielce, Poland

EDUCATION

1960Studied studio ceramics with Gedula Ogen, Israel

1964-1965Studied with Jean Mayer at Ein-Hashofet Kibbutz, Israel

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCES

1974 Designer, Schmidt Porcelain, Sao Paolo, Brazil

1985-2004 Head of Ceramics, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

2004-2010Professor, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergan, Norway

2010—Visiting Professor at Royal College of Art London, England

 

Marek Cecula immigrated to the United States in 1976 after studing ceramics in Israel and working in Brazil. Cecula’s most important contribution to the ceramics field is the ease with which he moves between design, craft and sculpture. He has shown makers that nothing they do exists in isolation and each decision influences another. His work is strongly influenced by industrial processes and materials. In 1976 he immigrated to the USA settling in New York City where he established his first studio and gallery, Contemporary Porcelain.  In 1995 he founded Modus Design in New York, NY. Modus produces the domestic wares he designed for both mass production and limited editions.  An example of this production is Colorware, a mix-and-match approach to dinnerware with bright colored reserves within black rimmed plates. Cecula’s use of decals, repurposing of laboratory vessels and his re-firing of traditional porcelain pieces are examples of his interest in the exploration of industrial objects.

Cecula worked series such as Scatology Series consisted of multiples covering gynecology, AIDS, and the medical side of sanitary porcelain. In 2002 Cerula created the Porcelain Carpet, a commission from Grand Arts, a Kansas City non-profit art space and consisted of three phases:  Phase I, three 12 by 16 foot rectangles each made of 144 plates arranged in grids directly on the floor consisting of commercially produced white blanks; Phase II, using digital photography and printing, the black line image of an oriental carpet is printed on the plates; and in Phase III the color image is printed creating the Porcelain Carpet, a porcelain floor installation, appearing to be an oriental carpet but not to be walked on.

An interview with Marek Cecula conducted May 19-20, 2009, by Mija Riedel for the Archives of American Art’s Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at  www.worldcat.org/title/oral-history-interview-with-marek-cecula-2009-may-19-20/oclc/849931258.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, New York, New York

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

The Mint Museum, Charlotte North Carolina

Musée Royal de Mariemont, Belgium

Museum Hertkruithuis, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey

Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth, Edward Lebow, Peter Schjeldahl and John Pagliaro. Shards: Garth Clark on Ceramic Art. D.A.P./Ceramic Arts Foundation, 2004.

Clark, Garth and Cindy Strauss. Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio Collection. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics. London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2001.

 

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Website(s):

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Typical Marks
1979
1997
1997
Vase
Date: 1979
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Double Walled Fruit Bowl
Date: 1997
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Tray with Three Objects-Scatology Series
Date: 1997
Materials: Porcelain, Mixed Media
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 5, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/cecula