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Born in 1926. In 1953 she graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She worked as a designer at the Department of Ceramics and Glass at the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw, later as a designer at the Institute of Glass and Ceramics in Warsaw, as well as as as the artistic manager of the Artistic Handicraft Cooperative "Kanon" (Cepelia). Danuta Duszniak designed about sixty designs of functional ceramics, among which there are many dinner and breakfast services, vases, ashtrays, chocolate boxes. A significant part of her projects, repeatedly shown during domestic and foreign exhibitions, have gained the status of icons of Polish design. The artist's works include coffee services "Columbus" from 1956 and "Prometheus" and "Koko" from 1959, as well as the vase "Rock and Roll" from 1957. She also designed (partly in collaboration with other artists) numerous ceramic catering and hotel sets. Particularly noteworthy are extremely innovative, as for those times, ceramics and cutlery designs for patients with limited hand skills, which were created in the years 1967–1968. Danuta Duszniak's creative activity has been appreciated and awarded many times. In 1956, 1957, 1970 and 1971, the artist received the award of the Minister of Culture and Art for achievements in the development of industrial design. In 1967 she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit. In 2015, on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of its brand, Zakłady Porcelany ''Ćmielów'' honored it with the PorcelaNowe award for lifetime achievements in the field of functional ceramics design. This award, together with the statuette by Marek Cecuła, is awarded to people who have had a special impact on the development of Polish design, mainly ceramics and porcelain. Duszniak was appreciated as an artist, ceramicist, designer, author of several dozen patterns of utility ceramics of common use, m.in pioneering in Poland use of the modern New Look style, characteristic of the fifties of the twentieth century

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