“I made my sculptures in clay and started to look for at job that had something to do with ceramics. I got a part-time job at the ceramist studio and shop Uh la la, where I could fire my own things after work,” 24-year old Kałużna recalls.
Magdalena Kałużna learned to shape porcelain and how to fire it, but that was about it. “All ceramists keep their little secrets to themselves. That’s just how it is, and I’m not sure I would tell exactly how I make the glaze if an assistant came to work with me,” Kałużna says.
And then Kristian Baumann turned up and asked for his new tableware. Before being able to present anything to him, Magdalena Kałużna spent hours in front of her computer screen watching YouTube videos of how to work with the glaze and how to shape the plaster moulds. And she needed her own working space.
Kałużna shows us around in her little workshop in Copenhagen, pointing out the help she got from friends. “A ceramist I knew had heard that they were throwing this potter’s wheel out. This table I got from a friend, and another friend lent me the money for the kiln.”
Soon, Magdalena Kałużna was able to present her first plate to Kristian Baumann, a simple, pale plate with a deep-blue back. The feeling is rustic yet delicate. He liked it immediately.