26th-27th June 2021 / The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw

The Work of Fire – exhibition
13. Festival of High Temperatures
Opening: June 24 at 18.00
Duration of the exhibition: June 22-28, 2021

Curators:
Glass: Antonina Joszczuk, Magdalena Wodarczyk
Ceramics: Małgorzata Maternik, Weronika Surma
Metal: Paweł Czekański, Matej Frank

Exhibition coordination: Patrycja Sikora

Place:
Neon Gallery
ul. Traugutta 19/21, Wrocław, Poland
Opening hours: 10.00-18.00 (Mon-Fri), Saturday 12.00 – 20.00, Sunday 12.00-18.00
Visiting rules: coming soon
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The Work of Fire exhibition will feature works by twenty-four artists and educators at the Wrocław Academy of Art and Design. The curators took care of a large variety of creative attitudes to present a wide range of possibilities offered by the use of techniques related to high temperature. The exhibition will be held at the Neon Gallery in Wrocław on June 22-28. Before that, however, in our social media, you will be able to watch the effects of a special photo session, which will present the works and profiles of the creators.
Artists from the Metal Section will present sculptures made of cast bronze and cast iron using traditional and experimental techniques. They differ in scale and the way of finishing (patina, rust, paint). However, not all artists from this section work with fire on a daily basis – using a variety of techniques, they combine together materials that are not always obvious, the effects of which can be seen during the upcoming exhibition.
The objects exhibited by the Glass Section will show how the expansion of technological possibilities makes this material a universal artistic medium. A wide spectrum of forming in “hot” techniques such as glass casting, fusing, slumping or glassworking gives artists freedom in creating sculptural, graphic and painting objects.
Among the works of the Ceramics Section artists there are those thrown on a potter’s wheel, hand-made, impressed from a plaster mould, printed in 3D or using ready-made objects. Fired in an electric, gas or wood-fired kiln, these works illustrate the effects characteristic of each of these methods of fixing ceramics. They are distinguished not only by a huge range of colors thanks to the use of glazes, engobes, oxides and salts, but also by the color and potential of the raw ceramic mass.
The Festival of High Temperatures is an artistic event whose idea is to integrate activities involving fire from the area of ceramics, glass and cast metal sculpture. The motto behind the thirteenth festival is The Work of Fire. In addition to traditional presentations of processes related to the art of fire, we have planned events that allow you to focus more on the creator and the effects of their work. The group exhibition The Work of Fire is one of such events. 
Artists:
Ceramics: Jakub Biewald, Renata Bonter-Jędrzejewska, Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan, Weronika Lucińska, Karina Marusińska, Joanna Opalska-Brzecka, Michał Puszczyński, Bożena Sacharczuk;
Glass: Kalina Bańka, Dagmara Bielecka, Joanna Bujak, Małgorzata Dajewska, Anna Józefowska, Wojciech Peszko, Stanisław Sobota, Justyna Żak;
Metal: Hubert Bujak, Paweł Czekański, Mateusz Dworski, Magdalena Grzybowska, Wojciech Małek, Marcin Michalak, Michał Staszczak, Michał Wasiak
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Organizer: The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław
Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.
Project co-financed by the Department of Culture of the City of Wrocław.

Photo shoot of artists and their works by Małgorzata Kujda.