Maria Joanna Juchnowska

Artist Statement

“Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response.” - A. Greiman

I got inspired by this motto early in my career. Over 18 years ago I started working with ceramics. To this day ceramics is my main medium in creating design, art and other forms of expression. I take my inspirations from Scandinavian minimalism and sophisticated European art and culture.

-- Maria Joanna Juchnowska


Designer and artist founder and owner of the Mari JJ Design brand, founded in 2010, in Stockholm Sweden now based in Oslo, Norway.

Cooperating with luxurious brands and companies in Europe, Asia and the USA including Meissen GmbH in Germany, Franz Collection Ltd. in China and Taiwan.

Many times invited for Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt by the vice-president of the Frankfurt Messe Nicolette Naumann. Mari JJ Design brand has been invited to participate in the international exhibitions, festivals and contests: “Wanted Design” in New York, “Talente” International Craft Fair in Munich, “Der Berliner Salon, Vogue Salon” Berlin Fashion Week Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin along with Meissen GmbH, International Porcelain Art Fair, Jingdezhen China together with Franz Collection Ltd., British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke- on-Trent in Great Britain, Munich Creative Business Week MCBW FORUM in Munich, Ludwig Forum für In- ternationale Kunst, Aachen Germany, Art Athina “Contemporary Art Fair, Athens Greece.

Laureate of international competitions: “Future Lights” The European competition organised by Ceramics and its Dimensions, Nachtmann Design Competition Germany and Sweden, Artzept International Design Award Milan, Chouftouhonna Feminist ArtFestival, Tunis Tunisia, Make Me! Łódź Design Festival.

Awarded with scholarships by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage “Young Poland”, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Norske Kunsthandverkere, Design og Architektur Norway, the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai and others.

Invited as lecturer to Parsons New School of Design New York USA, JCI Jingdenzhen Ceramic Institute Chi- na, EcerS European Ceramic Symposium Budapest and Turin, and many times during the European Ceram- ic and it’s Dimensions Program with partners such as: Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, British Ceramics Biennial, Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Hohenberg ad Eger / Selb, Aal- to University, Staffordshire Universtity, University of Ulster Belfast, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee and brands such as Meissen and Villeroy and Boch.

Mari JJ Design’s projects have been published in industry magazines and online: Vogue, Elle, Elle Decora- tion, New Ceramics, Exspace, etc.

Mari JJ Design is a member of artistic and design organisations: Norske Kunsthandverkere, UKS Norske Billedkunstnere in Norway, Artaxis International Ceramic Artist Association in the USA.

The main partners of the Mari JJ Design brand are:

Polish Culture Institute New York, Polish Institute Dusseldorf, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Porzel- lanikon, Norwegian Consulate New York, Norwegian Consulate Shanghai, Polish Consulate New York, WPHI New York, DogA Design og Architektur Norway, Norske Kunsthandverkere.