Kateřina Illner’s cartoon Lost in Porcelaind follows a lonely fisherman who was originally just a pattern on a porcelain vase. One day, however, the wind blows off his hat and he sets out to find it.
On Saturday, 21 May, the winners of this year’s Silent Book Contest for children’s illustrated books without words (Gianni De Conno Award) were announced at the Turin International Book Fair. The imaginary laurels went to the adventure story Hidden in the World of Porcelain by Kateřina Illnerová, a first-year student of the Comics and Illustration for Children studio at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Kateřina Illnerová’s cartoon story Lost in Porcelain follows a lonely fisherman who was originally just a pattern on a porcelain vase. One day, however, the wind blows off his hat and he sets out to find it. Along the way, he passes through different types of porcelain and interacts with their patterns. “The idea for the book came from my love of teapots,” says author Kateřina Illnerová. “Besides being very beautiful, they also represent for me a moment of calm in a hectic day. And finally, while doing iconographic research on teapots, I discovered the whole world of blue and white porcelain and fell in love with it,” adds the illustrator. The international jury was so impressed by the story and its treatment that they selected it as the winning entry.