İpek Kotan

Style of Art : Artist / ceramist
Branch of Art : Ceramics
Art Profile :

İpek Kotan was born and raised in Istanbul. She studied media arts with emphasis on photography at Emerson College in Boston.  After some years working as an entrepreneur and in the corporate world, she could no longer deny the urge to work with her hands and decided to return to school to study art.  In 2007 and 2008, she attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence to study arts foundation, where she explored drawing, painting, ceramics, and metalsmithing. But it was ceramics, and sculptural vessels in particular that resonated with her deeply. After completing her Foundation Studies at RISD in 2008, Kotan moved to Stoke-on-Trent, UK – the “motherland” of studio pottery –, and received her master’s degree in ceramics at Staffordshire University. Soon after graduating in 2010, she established her own studio practice, and has been exhibiting her work in art galleries and fairs widely in Europe and the United States. Her work is in many public and private collections worldwide and she also works for commission.

Kotan’s work stems from a deep connection to the theme of femininity inherent in the vessel and a visceral need to create with her hands.  Working on the wheel using Limoges porcelain or dark stoneware clay, she explores the essence of this timeless form. In order to bring out the beauty of the material without distraction, she integrates pure and simple lines into her hand-thrown vessels while leaving their exteriors unglazed.  To contrast this essential formal minimalism, she chooses rich and complex glazes. Though some of her works are intimate in scale – small enough to fit inside the palm – others are much larger and have been conceived to inhabit spacious environments.  Kotan’s vessels are tactile and generous in spirit, luring those nearby to see, touch and connect with their calm, yet strong presence.

Public collections:
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Museum of Decorative Arts of the Dresden State Art Collections, Dresden, Germany
Museum of the City of Landshut – Rudolf Strasser Collection, Landshut, Germany
Presidential Art Collection, Ankara, Turkey
Selected exhibitions and gallery presentation:
2014, Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2013, Solo show, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, UK
2013, "Parcours Céramique Carougeois," Carouge, Switzerland
2013, "Mechtild Lobish, Ipek Kotan & Thomas Bohle," Galerie Franz Epple, Tuerkheim, Germany
2013, Showcase, European Makers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013, "Hand Made," Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2013, "Ceramic Inspirations," Galerie Handwerk, Bavarian State Archeological Collection, Munich, Germany
2013, "Modern Masters," Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
2013, "In the Window," Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
2012, "Contemporary Craft & Design," Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
2012, "Art & Function," DesignArt Galerie, Innsbruck, Austria
2012, "SOFA Chicago," represented by Armaggan Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2012, "Grassimesse," Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
2012, Showcase, Galerie Eva Maisch, Wuerzburg, Germany
2012, "International Turned Wood & Ceramics," Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
2012, "States of Material," Armaggan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012, Showcase, Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
2012, "Unikat B," Bludenz, Austria
2011, Vierundzwanzig zwoelf, Galerie Eva Maisch, Wuerzburg, Germany
2011, Solo show, Galerie Bollhorst, Freiburg, Germany
2011, "Maison & Objet," Paris, France
2011, "Offenraum," Dornbirn, Austria
2011, Showcase, Armaggan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2010, "Form," Ludwigshafen, Germany
2010, "Maison & Objet," Paris, France
2009, "British Ceramics Biennial," Stoke-on-Trent, UK
2009, "Maison & Objet," Paris, France
2009, "Ambiente," Frankfurt, Germany
2007, "RISD Ceramics Triennial," Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

Web Site : www.ipekkotan.com
Email : studio@ipekkotan.com
City : Geneva
Country : Switzerland
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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