Alicja Patanowska – potter and designer, who graduated in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014 and in Ceramic Design from Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw in 2011. Craft skills are crucial for her artistic and design practice since she creates through manual experiments with materials. Her answer to the ever increasing chaos of consumption is personal involvement in the creation of a product.
A laureate of a number of awards, including the Franz Award (2019), Mazda Design Award (2018), British Glass Biennale (2015). Her artworks are included in many art and design collections, such as the Shanghai Museum of Glass. Her products are available worldwide, including Merci (Paris), Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle (Berlin), Barbican Centre and TATE Modern (London). Her art has been presented at over 100 exhibitions around the world: UK, Denmark, Ireland, Korea, Germany, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Finland, China, Brasil.
As a lecturer, traveler, scholarship holder, artist, I found out that EVERYDAY LIFE among people from different cultures, religions, speaking a different language, looking different, having different values, mentality and behavior than me, is an extremely enriching experience. I myself have experienced both openness and a damaging assessment as a migrant. I know how important it is and how much it gives both sides openness to “other” people, so I am grateful to NOMADA activists for their work for the rights of excluded groups, immigrant communities, ethnic and religious minorities. It turned out that my work can support activities for equality – I treat my participation in the “shop for a cause” project as a nice distinction and I am very happy about it.