Say hello from your studio
Mina is the face of the plate, it is witty grimaces and various emotions; it’s also having fun with fragments of the human body, which through multiplication and varied settings creates an interesting and often ironic picture that evokes many associations. The original graphics designed by the artist Weronika Surma were made by hand with the technique of serigraphy, and as ceramic decals (also by hand) that were applied to the surface of the plates and fired at 850°c. The plates are usable or can be treated as decoration.
What is your morning routine?
Waking up early, drinking warm water, doing exercise and eating delicious breakfast.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive at your studio?
I turn on the light and open the windows.
Do you prefer Instagram, Facebook or no social media at all?
Definitely Instagram. I’m addicted to Instastories 😀
Which magazines and books do you read?
I subscribe Wyborcza magazine. I like different kinds of books: self-help, non-fiction, biographies, novels and of course everything about art and design. I love Legimi – it’s an ebook and audiobook rental – I find it very useful; I use it passionately!
Which three objects would you say are essential to your work?
A plate, water and decals, kiln (ok it’s four objects, but less isn’t possible for me :).
What are your favourite tools that help you get the job done?
Definitely an app called Week Plan.
What inspires you and motivates you to get your work done?
People’s smiles when they see my works.
Can you tell us a funny story from your work?
Sorry, only funny plates and no stories, not yet…
What is the project you are working on right now?
Special gold and platinum smiles on plates.
What do you love about your job? What don’t you like?
I like unloading kiln. I don’t like uploading kiln.
Do you prefer hand-made or mass-produced?
Do you work individually or with a team?
Individually, but sometimes I ask for help.
How do you rest and relax after work?
I walk a lot, read/listen to audiobooks, watch movies and hang out with friends.
Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to work in your field?
Just start, ideas will come. Work a lot and talk to your friends, ask them for opinions and advice. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, just keep going and be brave, and spontaneous. And the last one: don’t overthink!
Interviewed by Sylwia Krasoń
Edited by Paulina Prońko
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