Amber Personality of the 2020
The title of the Amber Personality of the Year has an over twenty-year history. The International Amber Association awards it for remarkable achievements in the area of amber in its broad sense. This year, the nominees put forward for the accolade by members of the IAA were: Piotr Kowalczuk, Sebastian Tajl and Jack Yang, Marcin Wesołowski, Olena Belichenko, Eugeniusz Kreja, Aleksander Gliwiński, Christel and Hans Werner Hoffeins. This was an exceptional number of contenders from as many as four countries, each person undoubtedly of great merit in working with or promoting amber.
This year’s laureate, Marcin Wesołowski, winner of three consecutive voting rounds at the Amber Personality of the Year Award Committee, began his work with amber and jewellery in 1996. He learned the arcana of the Gdańsk jewellery school from the best jewellers and amber cutters. Marcin Wesołowski does not have a classical art education but is a remarkably talented craftsman with a passion for designing and making products of excellent design and quality.