Jan Kosiński

J. Kosiński, service, around 1960, Krosno Glassworks, collection of National Museum in Kraków

Jan Kosiński worked in Krosno glassworks for only three years (1960–63). Despite the modest number of preserved works, his individual style seems relatively easy to define.

Kosiński prefers hand-moulded glass – decorative vases and decanters with impeccable drawing mark an excellent use of the properties of the material. These are usually slender moulds with massive bases and softly modelled asymmetrical spouts. He often uses internal underlay glass, with the colour distributed unevenly – darker in the lower and upper parts of the vessel. The artist was also one of the first designers to introduce spectacular handles and openwork. Occasionally he also deals with engraved decoration; however, not with crystal glasses, but thin-walled glasses made of smoky sodium glass.

Professor Paweł Banaś, Polskie Współczesne Szkło Artystyczne (Polish Contemporary Glass), 1982

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J. Kosiński, vases, 1959, collection: Art Documentation Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts E. Geppert in Wrocław, photo K. Pachurka
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J. Kosiński, goblet Chickens and flowers, 1959, collection: Art Documentation Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts E. Geppert in Wrocław, photo K. Pachurka
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J. Kosiński, a decanter with a glass, 1960-1962, Krosno Glassworks, digital collection of the National Museum in Krakow
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J. Kosiński, vases, around 1960, Krosno Glassworks, Tomasz Dziewicki’s collection

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Lived from 1931–2013. He graduated from the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Zakopane under the direction of Antoni Kenar.

Graduated from the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (now the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design), under Professor Stanisław Dawski, 1959.

Designer at Krosno Glassworks (currently: Krosno Glass S.A.), 1960–1963. Teacher at the “Jutrzenka” Tatra Centre of Culture and Art in Zakopane, 1963–2002. He created glass paintings on both highlander and sacred themes. Awarded the medal “For Merit to Culture Gloria Artis”, 2013. Winner of the Second Degree State Prize of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, and among other awards, the Gold Cross of Merit, the Medal of the Commission of National Education, and the “Merit for the City of Zakopane” award.