Interview with Marek Cecuła, Art Director of Ćmielów Design Studio, Artist, Designer, Educator
Ceramic artist Marek Cecuła’s career has spanned four decades and as many continents. By the time he came back to Poland and set up Ćmielów Design Studio in one of Poland’s most renowned ceramic factories, he had learnt the craft while living in a kibbutz in Israel, and worked for a large manufacturer in Brazil. In the mid-1970s, he then went on to set up his own studio, Modus Design, in New York’s SoHo district before moving to Brooklyn, and went on to become the founder of the ceramic department at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Cecuła says that he often finds himself in the right place at the right time, and his career is a testament to this. He calls himself an experimentalist, and he sees his studio as a laboratory. As Cecuła says, he is very much attracted to all the tangible aspects of materials, things, processes in the studio. With such a deeply engrained outlook, Marek Cecuła bridges the gap between education, vocation, and business, with his latest project, Ćmielów Design Studio.