Ipek Kotan
1977Born in Istanbul, Turkey
2000Media Arts, Emerson College, Boston, USA (Bachelor of Arts)
2008Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, USA
2010Ceramics, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK (Master of Arts)

Ipek Kotan

“My work stems from a visceral need to create with my hands and a deep connection to the vessel form”, says Ipek Kotan. One of the oldest objects ever made, to Kotan, the vessel tells the story of humankind more eloquently than any other artifact. Working on the wheel, she explores its contemporary, minimalist and abstract variations. Even the smallest change to the angle or sharpness of a rim, the thickness of a wall, the curve of a profile, or the relationship between interior and exterior textures and colors can make a world of difference in the character of a piece. This exploration of nuances is the essence of her work. Kotan’s pieces are represented in the following museums: Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Dresden Museum of Decorative Arts, Landshut City Museum, Presidential Art Collection, Ankara.