Cybis ‘Technical Achievements’ Information Sheets

Cybis ‘Technical Achievements’ Information Sheets

As part of their efforts to educate their retailers about the process of producing Cybis porcelains, the studio decided to supply information about certain pieces they introduced during the mid-1980s. These info-sheets, titled Technical Achievements, were included with the various new-introduction brochures, price lists, and catalogs that were sent to retail stores. Although I have [...]

Cybis Doll Designs for the Hamilton Collection

Cybis Doll Designs for the Hamilton Collection

There are only two known instances when the Cybis studio ever licensed any of their designs to another manufacturer. Both of them were dolls produced by The Hamilton Collection during the early 1990s. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise because Cybis’ biggest rival, the Boehm studio, had been working with the Hamilton Collection ever [...]

Cybis Greeting Cards

Cybis Greeting Cards

In addition to the various catalogs, brochures, and price lists that made up the bulk of the Cybis studio’s advertising materials, there were also promotional items that weren’t readily available to the general public. One example is the Cybis-logo pin/pendant made by Terryberry and shown in the Cybis Jewelry post. Such items were created for [...]

A Look Inside the Cybis Studio

A Look Inside the Cybis Studio

This 200th post in the Cybis Archive is something different from the usual sculpture information. It is a glimpse into ‘life at the Cybis Studio' via photos and contemporary  accounts through the decades. The very first Cybis studio was located in the Steinway Mansion in Astoria, NY; nobody who was there is alive today. It’s [...]

Cybis Porcelain in Books and on Television

Cybis Porcelain in Books and on Television

One might think that the only appearance of Cybis in the media was in advertising materials and occasional newspaper snippets, but that would fall short of the mark. Cybis porcelains have made cameo appearances within several works of fiction and nonfiction, plus at least one popular television series. Ideals Publishing Co. Gift Books The earliest [...]

Cybis Goes to Italy

Cybis Goes to Italy

Throughout the Cybis studio’s history, their advertising photos followed a familiar pattern: backgrounds were either solid or shaded color blends, and when they weren’t, ‘props’ had more than enough bokeh to avoid distracting from the porcelain subject. The common denominator was that they were done within the confines of a professional photographer’s studio – with [...]

In Memoriam: Ira Jacobson, 1927-2021

In Memoriam: Ira Jacobson, 1927-2021

Although my other profiles in this Archive focus only on people who worked at or for Cybis, I must now, with great sadness, recognize the passing of someone who was instrumental in forging that studio’s success: Ira Jacobson, owner of Brielle Galleries. In many ways, he was an important driving force that helped Cybis to [...]