Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan

Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan


Ceramic artist, a professor of the only in Poland Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design. In 1996–2001 (two terms) she was a vice-dean of the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass, and in the period of 2005–2008 she was the head of Ceramics Department.

She runs the Studio of Potter's Wheel which she created herself, where she reactivated the course of potter's techniques by introducing an original syllabus.


In the course of 25 years of her artistic work she was awarded the Rector's Prize (1st and 2nd grade) eight times, and in 2012 she was honoured with the Medal for Merits to Culture by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

She runs workshops and presents her own artistic work by participating in a big number of international and national scientific conferences, artistic symposia and at artistic departments of high schools in France, Germany, Turkey, Portugal, Latvia, China and Israel among others.


She was an artistic resident to name but several artistic-and-scientific residences at "Margarethenhöhe" manufactory in Essen (Germany), two residences in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal), 2-month residence in Jingdezhen - 2010 and 2-month residence in Longquan – 2016 (China).


She is a curator of many exhibitions presenting ceramic and glass works by Polish artists home and abroad.


Texts on Koczyńska-Kielan's works are included in a number of catalogues and books, e.g. ULAN – Polska Sztuka Dekoracyjna [ULAN - Polish Decorative Art], Ornamenta Silesiae. Tysiąc lat rzemiosła artystycznego na Śląsku [Thousand Years of Crafts in Silesia] and Ceramika i szkło polskie XX wieku. Katalog zbiorów [Ceramics and Glass of the 20th Century. Catalogue of the Collection] (published by The National Museum in Wrocław), Wrocław sztuki. Sztuka i środowisko artystyczne we Wrocławiu 1946–2006 [Wrocław of Art. Art and Artistic Milieu in Wrocław 1946-2006] (published by the Wrocław Academy), and also in art magazines, including "New Ceramics" and"Format".

Her works were presented within almost 100 exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including 20 solo shows. The artist's works are in collections of the National Museum in Wrocław, the National Museum in Poznań, The Academy Museum in Wrocław, in Marek Maria Pieńkowski Foundation in the USA, and in private collections in Poland and abroad.


She is an author of many ceramic works, including collections named Towers, Cathedrals, Circles of Time, Outside Landscape, Inner Landscape, and cycles of relief comppositions Physiognomy of Space and Signs.


  • 1963 – born in Wrocław.
  • 1977–1981 – studied at High School No. 5 in Wrocław, humanities class.
  • 1981–1987 – studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Wrocław (currently the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) under the direction of Prof. Krystyna Cybińska in artistic ceramics and in the painting workshop of Prof. Konrad Jarodzki.
  • 1987 – diploma work in artistic and utility ceramics with an annex in drawing, presented at the national interdisciplinary exhibition Best Diplomas of 1987 at the Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw.
  • 1987 – took a position at her alma mater; assistant in the 1st Artistic Ceramics Workshop of the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Krystyna Cybińska.
  • 1989–1993 – multiple artistic and academic internships at the Keramische Werkstatt  “Margaretenhöhe” in Essen, Germany.
  • 1991 – created the Pottery Wheel Workshop at the Wrocław school, in which she reactivated teaching pottery techniques, introducing an original programme of teaching students as part of the newly established “ceramics in pottery techniques” class. 1995 – as part of her PhD programme, received 1st level qualifications.
  • 1996 – nominated for the position of assistant professor.
  • 2006 – received doctoral habilitation.
  • 2008 – employed as associate professor at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts.
  • 1996–2001– served two terms as pro-rector of the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass
  • 2005–2008 – director of the Chair of Ceramics in the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass
  • 2010 – Visiting Professor at the European Ceramic Arts Institute (IEAC), Guebwiller, France.
  • 2010 – two-month artistic residence in Jingdezhen, China.
  • 2011, 2012 – residence stays at CENCAL Centro de Formacao Profissional para a Industria Ceramica, Portugalia.
  • 2016 – two-month artistic residence in Longquan, China, at the Celadon Heritage Institute
  • Promoter and reviewer in PhD and habilitation proceedings.
  • 2016 – promoter of the honoris causa doctorate at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts for Korean artist Young-Jae Lee.
  • Eight-time recipient of the Academy of Fine Arts Rector’s Award, 1st and 2nd level.
  • In 2012, received the Medal of Merit in the Service of Polish Culture, granted by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

www.katarzyna.koczynska.kielan. com.pl




INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS (selected from 20 exhibitions):

  • 2015 – Relationships – 4th Festival dell’ Arte 2015, Stodoła Artystyczna in Bukowiec, Jelenia Góra Valley Foundation of Palaces and Gardens
  • 2014 – Signs and Symbols – Galowice near Wrocław, Carriage Museum, Galowice.
  • 2011 – Physiognomy of Space, City Gallery, Wrocław (catalogue in Polish and English).
  • 2010 – Light – Shadow, Galeria Nowa, Poznań.
  • 2009 – Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan. Landscapes of Imagination, City Gallery of Art in Łódź – Galeria Chimera (catalogue in Polish and English).



  • 2016 -  durchdrungen / penetrations – Painting, Drawing, Ceramic Sculpture / Piotr Kielan/ Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan – monographic two-person exhibition as part of the project Goerlitzer ART,  Keisertrutz. Kulturhistorisches Museum Goerlitz, Goerlitz, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2008 – Malba, keramika – Univerzitni Galerie „N”, Jablonec, Czech Republic.
  • 2007 – A Journey Together, City Gallery, Wrocław (catalogue).
  • 2007 – From Sunrise to Sunset, Chełm Museum, Galeria 72, Chełm (catalogue).
  • 2001 – Malerei, Keramik, Bezirksmuseum Braunau, Herzogsburg, Branau am Inn, Austria.