A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

A Papka-to-Porcelain Angel by Marja Cybis

When researching Cybis porcelain it is rarely possible to point to two different sculptures and definitively state “This became that” in its entirety (body-snatching doesn’t really qualify, although numerous instances of that practice have been found.) This is especially true when it comes to the earliest (1940s) pieces, many of which were either one of [...]

Ethnic Diversity in Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

Ethnic Diversity in Cybis Porcelain Sculptures

The modern-day (1960 forward) Cybis Studio produced several hundred human studies – bust, torso, or full figure – for retail sale. Approximately 25% of those figures were intended to represent specific personages from either literature or history: e.g., Scarlett from Gone With the Wind, Aphrodite from Greek mythology, Abigail Adams, Cleopatra, Hamlet from Shakespeare, and [...]

An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

An Intriguing 1940s Cybis Beauty

One of the most enjoyable things about creating the Cybis Archive has been hearing from readers who have questions about Cybis or information to share. This is particularly true in regard to the 1940s and 1950s pieces, many of which were either never documented by Cybis or their original information has been lost. An especially [...]

Variations Between Individual Cybis Sculptures

Variations Between Individual Cybis Sculptures

A perennial staple of modern (post-1960) Cybis advertising was always that ‘no two [are] exactly alike’ ..... but what does “exactly” mean in this context? (We will step gingerly away from any comparison to responses along the lines of “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.") Seriously, though: When it comes to art [...]

A Cybis Spatterware Lamp

A Cybis Spatterware Lamp

If I were to combine the words ‘Cybis’ and ‘lamp’, you’d probably assume I was referring to a Cordey item....and in most cases you’d be right. The lamps that came out of the Church Street studio were usually Cordeys, but surprisingly there was at least one lamp that emerged with a Cybis signature and entirely [...]

Cybis Artist Profile: Cyndy Bohonovsky

Cybis Artist Profile: Cyndy Bohonovsky

Sculptors, moldmakers, assemblers, and painters were not the only artists who contributed to the success of the Cybis porcelain studio. Print advertising was critical in those pre-Internet decades. Images of Cybis sculptures appeared in two formats: photographs, for use in their catalogs, brochures, and magazine ads; and illustrations, for use in newspapers. Although a photocopy [...]

Spotlight on Marja Cybis (1906-1958)

Spotlight on Marja Cybis (1906-1958)

Although the studio always emphasized Boleslaw as its founder, his wife Marja Cybis was a talented artist in her own right and no doubt contributed just as much to its success as he did. Unfortunately she has gotten short shrift in Cybis studio literature, usually relegated to a brief mention in a description in a [...]