CYBISPorcelains that Fire the Imagination

Papka composition
c. 1939

Porcelain, glazed and decorated.
c. 1946

The Artist  

The Sculptor
Unable to return to their homeland after the outbreak of World War II, the Cybises chose to become citizens of the United States where they enjoyed artistic freedom.
Although he had spent many years as a painter, Boleslaw Cybis was also fascinated with three-dimensional porcelain art. Seeking the best way to express themselves artistically in their new homeland, they established a studio at the Steinway Mansion in  Astoria, New York, in 1940. Here they were able to create porcelain art in the fashion of the great European Studios they had known during their youth. 

After moving to Trenton, New Jersey, known as the "Staffordshire of America," Cybis threw his complete efforts into porcelain sculpture using the techniques derived from his study of the Old Masters in Europe. "Concept,, direction and execution -- Cybis knew that not one of these elements can be neglected in the complex process which ends as  fine porcelain sculpture: for he was not a man to be tolerant of less than perfection. That his instincts were correct was quickly proven: in less than two years, Boleslaw Cybis achieved recognition as a leader in the field of porcelain art." (The Ceramic Industrial Journal, October 1948.) As a result, porcelain sculptures by Cybis began to quietly disappear into the hands of private collectors. Many of the early pieces are now regarded as rare finds. And, to this day, the porcelain legacy from the Old Saxony workrooms of the Old Masters still survives in the craft and magic of Cybis at the Trenton, NJ Studio.

May 31, 1957 Boleslaw Cybis died.
June 14, 1958, Marja Cybis died.


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