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Self Isolation Black Mug by Ksenia Wallenstein

Self Isolation Black Mug by Ksenia Wallenstein

Article from We Love Budapest: 


Local potter Ksenia Wallenstein has just launched a new project: a series of mugs to reflect on the present situation for generations to come. 


“When covid-19 came, I felt I wanted to do something,” says Ksenia. “I’m making a few sculptures and installations, but these can take months. I want to say my word immediately, so I decided to use my mugs and advocate actions we truly need.” 


The mugs are simple yet beautiful – cool, steely grey, clean and precise, as marks Ksenia’s works. The words stamped into the surface echo what we all have heard so frequently in the past weeks: stay home, wash your hands, self-isolation, and “Semmelweis was right”. 


“I was always impressed by commemorative ceramics,” says Ksenia. "They tell a story and spark conversation. “Now we live in an age of internet and media, so you don’t see these kinds of mugs as much any more.” 

She continues: “We have to take care of the older generation, they are our beloved parents and grandparents, and I believe we can all get through this safe and sound. I want us all to live long and happy lives. And when our grandchildren point at one of my mugs, they will ask about self-isolation and quarantine, and we will tell them our story”.


Ksenia Wallenstein

▪️Budapest based ceramicist Ksenia Wallenstein
▪️Practical tableware and interior pieces for homes and restaurants
▪️Private workshops


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