International Ceramics Festival

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2015

Mateusz Grobelny(Poland)

Mateusz Grobelny

Mateusz Grobelny is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland,and a two-time laureate of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture. Mateusz is a designer and a creator of numerous self-built experimental ceramic kilns (including a prototype of a portable kiln). In firing process, he chooses the unpredictability of wood-fired kilns. He is passionate about incorporating the raw power of fire in his creating process, where each element has its vital role – the construction of the kiln itself, the layout of ceramics inside the kiln, the way and frequency of adding the wood to the fire. He looks up to Roman, Japanese and Korean traditions (e.g. Tongkama, where the temperature riches 1380°C, the firing can last up to 100 hours and where ash and fire leave their marks directly on ceramics). . For the festival he will be presenting his latest project – a mobile woodfire kiln on a car trailer! Inspired by the idea of speeding up and streamlining the process of woodfiring to a high temperature in public places, the kiln is constructed of lightweight heat-resistant materials, and Mateusz will be driving it from Poland directly over to the festival.

International Ceramics Festival

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

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