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Kiho Kang (1982, Korea)


After graduating in ceramic arts from Kookmin University, Seoul in 2009, Kiho Kang studied for a Master’s degree in Artistic Ceramics and Glass at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Resident in Bad Ems since 2014, he has won numerous international awards including the 2nd New Generation Competition from the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation 2008, the Winning Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009, the Justus Brinckmann Society Award 2013, first prize at the Richard Bampi Award 2013, the Appolline Prize Leipzig 2015, and Best Newcomer Prize at Ceramic Art London 2016. His works can be found in important ceramic collections around the world including the New Collection, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, and Ceramics-Museum Berlin.


Kiho Kang employs traditional methods to produce ambiguous geometric objects. Painstakingly built up layer by layer using the bead technique - a type of clay construction notably used for onggi (the traditional kimchi and soy sauce storage container), and requiring great technical sophistication - Kang’s vessels are characterised by haptically perceptible, sandy surfaces and muted, pastel colouring. Despite their tactility, and uncannily familiar, everyday forms, there is also an otherworldly feeling to Kang’s ceramics, shifting between cold and warmth, artifice and nature, and emptiness and fullness.

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