Ana Wagner is the creator of the trademark « Wagner – fine arts and stories » and the co-owner of...
Ana Wagner is the creator of the trademark « Wagner – fine arts and stories » and the co-owner of the Wagner factory and shop from Bucharest. She is the manager of a team of five artists, all with BA degrees in Fine Arts.
She also studied at the Bucharest Fine Arts Academy. After graduation she travelled abroad and specialized in the engraving technique and porcelain painting in Budapest, Barcelona, and Paris. She paid particular attention and studied in detail the technique of porcelain glaze painting, visiting porcelain factories from Sevres and Limoges as well as museums and art studios of famous porcelain producers.
Ana Wagner has had many individual and group exhibitions in Romania as well as in other European cities. For some of thèse events she collaborated or partnered with famous, world -wide known brands such as Vileroy & Boch, Unilever or BMW.
Between 2009 - 2010 Ana Wagner had a special guest in her Art Studio - a great Romanian contemporary artist, Ştefan Câlţia. Their partnership materialized in a hand-painted porcelain exhibition signed by Ştefan Câlţia and displayed at Galeria Posibila in Bucharest. This event is part of a bigger project where a famous Romanian designer or artist will be invited every year to create a unique handpainted porcelain collection following the model of the great European porcelain manufactures.
On Wagner handpainted manufacture
The small handmade porcelain manufacture opened under Wagner trademark lies in the heart of Bucharest, close to the Romanian Opera House. Five decorating painters give life to the original models envisioned by Ana Wagner.
The porcelain is either from Romania or imported from France-Limonge or Germany. From Romania Wagner studio is buying the phosphatic porcelain, a tender, almost translucent porcelain that resembles the Bone China one.
The porcelain objects are decorated in the classic glaze painting technique. The artist uses special pigments that are burned at 850-900 degree Celsius as well as precious metals such as gold or platinum. In order to obtain exquisite and high quality creations, the objects are burned two or even three times at high temperatures.
The drawings are the original creations of Ana Wagner and the five painters working in the studio. The artist says that porcelain is merely the base for her art just like paper or canvas is for other artists. Thus she creates unique and special sceneries using classical porcelain painting patterns as seen in Sevres and Meisen.
Wagner porcelain objects are nib signed by every decorator with their initials and the year of creation. Each Wagner porcelain object has a certificate of authenticity that bears the original signature of Ana Wagner.
Each Wagner creation is unique or is part of a small series of numbered objects, numbered just like the engravings. ( 1/ 25, 2/25, 3/25 etc. )
Wagner manufacture owns also the technique of decorating porcelain, called decalcomania. This technique allows the imprint of a bigger series of porcelain objects with porcelain pigment burned at very high temperatures. Thank to this technique the small manufacture can honour special orders from bigger companies that ask for hundreds porcelain objects personalized or trademarked.
There are also porcelain objects created in the mixed technique (decalcomania and handpainting). However this represents a medium series creations.
Wagner art studio can cater to a large range of requests : special personalizations, creating special monograms or special models by request.
Art objects signed by Wagner are a blend of luxury and genuine art !
“The tea dream” is a collection of procelain objects decorated by a mixed technique of printing and hand painting. This theme is an open invitation to dreaming, return to the innocent childhood and asking questions. You may ask yourself whether tea dreams, where all the words written on porcelain come from, what about all these “creatures”. After all, what is all about this surrealistic story?
“We, the artists from Wagner studio strongly believe that the images on the porcelain objects reprsent the dream of tea. Teas dream. Just like all of us they dream of creatures, sometimes a crown and a shoe, a pearl and a rose hanging on the pale blue ribbon on the white owl’s leg, when a leashed leopard and a joyful faun running on the brim of the cup made of delicate porcelain”.
It is a collection signed by Ana Wagner in the decalcomania technique which reproduces the artist’s original drawings. The collection is based on a recurrent theme in her work, the fantastic landscape. In the drawings there are hand painted details and touches in gold.
Recreated as a tribute to old Japanese culture, this collection combines imaginatively the specific patterns of traditional textiles, decorating elements appearing in Japanese stamps and much loved colors in the Nippon culture, all transposed on the delicate and light surface of porcelain. The bamboo handle and the portrait hologram on the bottom of the cups are extra identity marks for the objects identity.
Collection “Romanian Traditions”
In accordance with a general tendency of returning to traditions, this collection revisits folk elements found on traditional sewings from Maramures area, remarkable for their vivid colors. Some traditional notes combined with the finest porcelain and techniques reminding of the unsophisticated character of Maramures colorful rugs give these objects an eccentric nature, playful and yet very attractive.
The unique character also comes from expressing some bourgeois customs, such as tea serving in the rural, quiet corners, a flavor not forgotten yet.
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