Anna Witkowska’s Dove Urn is the People’s Choice—the second award for this superb ceramic and copper sculpture in FUNERIA’s 5th biennial Ashes to Art® exhibition

Dove Urn by Anna Witkowska Wins People's Choice and Excellence in Ceramics Awards

Congratulations Anna!

After thousands of page views and hundreds of votes were tallied, the one sculptural form that rose majestically to the top of the list was also the jurors’ favorite ceramic urn in the exhibition.

In her own words:

The series of urns I designed as my graduate diploma in 2001 became my personal journey in exploring the tensions surrounding Death and the beginning of an amazing adventure through attempts of forming its shape. I draw my own understanding of the subject from experience in having lost both parents during my youth.  I transformed the difficulty of coming to terms with this loss into work of keen insight and maturity.The urns show the way of transformation in approaching the subject that causes sheer fear and uncertainty – they are pointing the path towards life and its celebration.  My work is marked by elegance and solemnity of form that offer hope whilst facing the inevitable.

I work primarily in clay adding exquisite metal details to achieve contrast in the material texture and to give a final touch to my highly accomplished forms.  The ceramic pieces are hand built and kiln fired using monochromatic glazes in harmony with the theme.  The objects with its powerful abstract shape… convey the message of balance and proportion.

Witkowska, now living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, was born and educated in Poland, attending the High School of Fine Arts, Bydgoszcz, Poland and then earning her MFA Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. She is currently working as an independent Art & Crafts Professional and the Ceramics and Mosaic Workshops Coordinator in Amsterdam, while also working towards Professional Photography Specialist credentials at the Fotogram School for Photography in Amsterdam.

Two of Anna Witkowska's urns were installed among other exquisite pieces curated into Art Honors Life®, FUNERIA's Sonoma County California gallery. Among them is Nathan Blank's steel Relic, two ceramic Chocolate Pillows by Darlene Davis, a cast bronze Keepsake by Gulassa Ross Studio, 2 Untitled forged steel urns by Marten Stone, a tall Mountains and Rivers engraved Blodgett glass urn on a turning wheelbase by Nancy Arthur-McGehee, and Jim Webb's Arch urn.

Other artists that enjoyed a significant number of votes included Chad Aldridge for his POD, Christine Belton for Liberté, and Daniel Oliver for Urn Series 2.

FUNERIA’s Ashes to Art® online exhibition continues through October 2011. Barring prior sale or commitments, all work is available to purchase and can be shipped internationally. Similar work by the same artists and specially commissioned work are also invited and available through FUNERIA.

Prices for all work in the exhibition are now posted on each page within the Ashes to Art® Online Catalogue.  An expanded, beautifully printed exhibition catalogue, including highlights from all Ashes to Art® exhibitions since 2001, will be available to purchase early in 2011.

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