Mermaid Vase 1955
A rare pottery mermaid vase by Krystyna Sadowska and Konrad Sadowski, signed and dated 1955.
This vase was illustrated and featured in the Studio Magazine, London, 1956.
Excellent original condition.
Born in Lublin, Poland, studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1934.
In 1937, travels to Brazil to organize a pottery commune of Polish immigrants and meets her husband, Konrad Sadowski, also in Brazil teaching ceramics.
In 1939, with Poland at war, the Sadowskis left an Poland for France, where she studied painting at the Grande Chaumière in Paris.
When France fell, the couple left France for England where Konrad Sadowski served in the Royal Air Force.
When the war was at an end, the Sadowskis furthered their studies in ceramics at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, studying with Dora Billington.
By 1947 they were back in Brazil, exhibiting in Rio de Janeiro when the award-winning 1937 Sadowska tapestry, "Dream of Canada" came to the attention of the Canadian Consulate, and, in 1949, led to the offer of Canadian immigration by the Nova Scotian government.
At first employed as government craft instructors in Halifax, the Sadowskis established their pottery studio in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia shortly after.
In 1953, at the invitation of L.A.C. Panton, Principal of the OSA, they relocated to Aurora, near Toronto, to teach pottery and ceramic sculpture at the Ontario College of Art.
Konrad Sadowski remained head of the ceramics dept until his untimely death in 1960.
After Konrad’s death, Krystyna left the OCA and worked independenty, earning international acclaim.
For complete artist biography and bibliography, please see link below.
Krystyna and Konrad Sadowski
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