Maria Joanna Juchnowska was born in Poland in 1985. In the year 2000 she begun her education at the Art College specialising in ceramics. Graduating in the year 2010 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław Poland and the following year 2011 from the University of Arts, Craft and Design Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. Maria worked in Tate Modern and Tate Britain Galleries and participated in solo and group exhibitions in New York, London, Liverpool, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Athens, Oslo, Bergen, Tunisia, Poland and China. In 2016 was a guest teacher at Parsons School of Design New York, USA, in 2017 designed in collaboration with Meissen and 2018 designed in collaboration with Franz Collection. Maria is based in Oslo and working internationally in Europe and Asia. Mari JJ Design was founded in 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden by Maria JJ Juchnowska based in Oslo Norway. Working mainly in ceramics, creating porcelain design objects and jewellery. The works are uniquely designed pieces which are handcrafted from the initial faze to a finished product. The designs are always of the finest porcelain, hand tinted and decorated. Maria takes her inspirations from Scandinavian minimalism and sophisticated European art and culture.
The idea of the Egg Vessels decoration objects was to create porcelain objects with two functions useful and decorative . Each set has a story to its designed decoration and can be of a complement to any interior depending on the choice or style of the set. ”White on Blue” is inspired by a traditional porcelain painting named: “blue on white”. It is well known in porcelain history. Use of the reverse designed “White on blue” decoration and playful in its traditional concept of porcelain decoration. Expressive brush strokes that can be recognized in modern art, for example to Cy-Twombly paintings. White strokes on blue surface are complemented by gold finishing strokes. The Design of the vessels is inspired by the timeless "egg" shape which is a symbol of eternal life in some: cultures, countries and religions. The Object is divided in two separate forms creating other functionality such as containers- or bowls. The Extra function of ”mobile decoration” gives it the opportunity for assembling them in many different variations controlled by the user. The owner of the objects can decide on the final look of the design of the vessels and how they wish to view them by assembling both of the parts.