30 August 2023, 18:38

KEKHZ ceramics: the history of a center of creative self-expression and its examples on Violity

KEKHZ ceramics: the history of a center of creative self-expression and its examples on Violity
The Kyiv Experimental Ceramic Art Factory is a pearl of artistic innovation and creative self-expression that existed in Ukraine in 1924–2007. This unique institution, often referred to simply as KEKHZ, is a testament to the enduring power of art to transcend boundaries and time.

The enterprise was founded in September 1924 as an experimental workshop for ceramic paints. Its creation was part of a cultural movement aimed at popularizing art and promoting creative self-expression.
In the early years, the factory mainly produced utilitarian items, such as tableware and decorative details. However, in the 20th century, she began to experiment with new forms and styles.

In the post-war period, an interesting field of work was photoceramic products. As part of a competition in 1946, KEKHZ artist Oleksandr Sorokin created the "Kyiv" service. In the 1950s, a series of plates with views of Kyiv were produced, which were decorated using the photoceramic method.
The factory was unique, first of all, because its masters were among the first to widely use Petrykiv painting on porcelain.

The application of innovative technologies at that time caused the admiration of porcelain connoisseurs all over the world. The goods were exported to Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, Canada, and Italy.
One of the defining characteristics of the Kyiv Experimental Ceramic Art Factory was the desire for artistic innovation. Its masters have never shied away from expanding the boundaries of what is possible with ceramics. They experimented with different techniques, glazes and forms, constantly pushing the boundaries of what could be achieved in this medium. The result is a diverse collection of works, ranging from traditional Ukrainian ceramics to cutting-edge sculptures.
Next year, the Kyiv Experimental Ceramic Art Plant will celebrate its 100th anniversary. And for all connoisseurs of Ukrainian porcelain, a jubilee collection of 100 of the brightest works representing different periods of the plant's existence was created. A video has already been released about two of them on the Violity PRO collecting YouTube channel - the sculptural composition "Cossack plays, the girl grinds" and the sculpture "Princess on a pea".
The Kyiv experimental ceramic art factory is a testimony to the power of art that overcomes time. Its rich history, commitment to innovation and nurturing of artistic talent make KEKHZ a real pearl in the cultural porcelain crown of Ukraine.
Study the history of Ukrainian porcelain together with the section "Ceramics. Porcelain. Glass".

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