Herend Porcelán

The poet of porcelain

Herend Design, an individual exhibition of Ákos Tamás, designer and applied artist of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, was ceremonially opened.

Herend Design, an individual exhibition of Ákos Tamás, designer and applied artist of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, was ceremonially opened at the Dubniczay Palace, Veszprém. The exhibition presents the main works of the artist so far.

The 60-year-old Ákos Tamás has been a designer and applied artist of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory since 1977. Besides his traditional, classical sculptures and sets, he developed a completely new porcelain style with unique technologies from delicate, pastel-coloured porcelain layers. His unique, membrane-thin, translucent petal bowls, coloured inlaid vases, organic ornaments and litophane lamps quickly became popular mainly in Italy, Greece and Switzerland, and also reached London, Israel, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

He aims to arouse the young generation’s interest in Herend porcelain with fresh, genre-defining “organic porcelains”. Traditional handicraft and the “intelligence of hand” are basic values in all his works.

Besides many exhibition awards for excellence, he was recognized with three Design Awards for Excellence, with the Special Award of the Minister President of Hungary, with the Award of the Japanese Mino International Ceramics Festival, with the Diploma of the I Korean Ceramics World Exhibition, with the Special Award of the Pécs Ceramics Biennale, with the Károly Bojtor Memorial Prize and with the Order of Merit of Veszprém County. He was recently awarded with the Prima Prize of Veszprém County in 2013. He took part in a three-month study tour in Japan with the state scholarship of the Far Eastern country.

Several of his large porcelain sculptures can be seen at public squares, such as “Family” in front of the Veszprém County Hospital, “Ecce homo – Behold the Man”, a two-meter high porcelain sculpture placed at the Saint Benedek Hill next to the Veszprém Castle and the bust of Dr Ferenc Mádl, former President of Hungary, in the courtyard of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory.

His layered, material-coloured, openwork-translucent-walled, particularly shaped organic porcelain collections are emblematically associated with his name, and they already took part successfully in many national and international exhibitions and competitions.

The exhibition can be viewed until 24th August 2014.

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