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 [...]

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Cybis ‘Two-Fers’ and ‘Trios’ (Multiple Subjects on a Single Sculpture)

Having previously looked at the pairs, companions, and sets that the Cybis porcelain studio produced, it’s also interesting to see what I call their ‘two-fer’ and ‘trio’ pieces. These are sculptures that have more than one subject, both (or all) being of equal design weight/importance. There was also one sculpture that was composed of four [...]

Cybis Porcelain ‘Artist’s Proofs’: Are They Always What They Seem?

Cybis Porcelain ‘Artist’s Proofs’: Are They Always What They Seem?

Sometimes you will see a piece of Cybis porcelain with the letters AP or A.P. near the Cybis signature; those initials stand for ‘artist’s proof.’ This term has long been used in the printmaking industry. It originally meant the first (proofing) run of an edition of prints, which the artist/painter would review and make any changes [...]

Cybis at the 1964 World’s Fair

Cybis at the 1964 World’s Fair

The 1964 World’s Fair, held at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens County, NY, coincided with the first several years of the ‘golden age’ of the Cybis porcelain studio. It was also the first large-scale opportunity for Cybis to be seen by many people who would have otherwise been unaware of the studio’s existence. The Fair [...]