Prizes and Awards

«Tube Sculpture» 2014. W100 cm x H140 cm. Photo: Jørn Hagen

TUBE SCULPTURE, artwork by Torbjørn Kvasbø, Grand Prize Award on the 9th Gyeonggi International Internationale Ceramic Biennale (GICB)

The IAC decided to create a new webpage dedicated to prizes and awards that are won by our members in the context of prestigious international competitions, starting 2017.

This is an additional means to make ceramic art ever more visible and to promote the artists of our network. Announcements will be relayed on our Facebook page “International Academy of Ceramics” (lien?). This new webpage will be notably devoted to those distinctions obtained in the context of competitions from partnering institutions of the IAC, such as KOCEF, Mino, Seto, Yingge, Vallauris, etc.

Please send your information on such awards to the IAC office, which will take care of the publication.

2017

Torbjørn Kvasbø, IAC member since 1992 and current vice-president of the Academy, was awarded the Grand Prize at the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB), in South Korea, winning out of 2’470 entries by ceramicists from 76 countries. He was distinguished with his artwork “Tube Sculpture”, which can be seen through October 9th, 2017 at the Icheon World Ceramic Center.

“Craftsmanship and materials, hands, fingers and eyes, are playfully coordinated to generate meaningful visual reflections and new knowledge. The formations and surfaces that occur are often disturbing, ambiguous, immediate and overwhelming – both beautiful and repulsive. All are combined to create a readable whole – the encounters, proportions and precision striking a perfect balance: like a killer punch to the solar plexus. The process remains a continuous dialogue between knowledge, practice and cruel critical reflection.” (Torbjørn Kvasbø)

 

 

Torbjørn Kvasbø, Photo: Mattias Lindbäck

 

 

Members

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