I work in a decorative ceramic expression involving both form and decoration. Decoration is integrated into the form and the form itself is spatially decorative. My objects could also be supplied with other materials but ceramics is central in my works. In my hand-modeled sculptures you will often see decorated pattern where I seek to express the shapes more clear and underline the movements in the objects.
The objects are unique and made of earthenware. The process could be based both on clay-elements modeled in shapes and then built up in terms and variations or it could be a process based on free hand-modeled objects.
The shape is growing step by step and I give myself time to reflect and change direction after my own rules where I seek to obtain the relationship between the simple and the complex.
All my objects are completely plain before I glaze them and I and fire them up to 3 or 4 times before I am satisfied with the final results and the objects have the expression I want to show.
Steen Ipsen, born 29. June 1966,
Born in 1966 in Naestved, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
Education and employments
Danish School of Design in Copenhagen 1984-1986.
Danish School of Design in Kolding 1987- 1990. (Candidate in ceramics design).
Member of the price committee for The Biennale for Crafts and Design, 2017
Member of the board, The Danish Arts Foundation 2013 – 2016
National Commissioner (official appointed 2013) of Bornholm Biennials for Contemporary European Glass and Ceramics 2014
Jury member of The Biennale for Crafts and Design, 2013
Co-founder of Copenhagen Ceramics 2010
Censor (officially appointed) by School of Design, Copenhagen 2007 – 2013
Member of the board, Danish Crafts, Denmark 2007 – 2013
Member of the board, International Ceramic Center – Guldagergaard, Denmark 2005 – 2008
Censor at the Glass and Ceramic School on Bornholm 2005
Lecturer at School of Design, Kolding 2005 – 2007
Censor on the Spring exhibitions at Charlottenburg 2005 – 2006
Member of New Danish Ceramics 2001
Jury member at The Danish Ceramics Triennial, Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding 1998
Judge. Competition: “The Future Playground”. The Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen 1998
Member of the committee, The National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen 1997 – 2003
Head of Department of Ceramics and Glass at School of Design, Copenhagen 1996 – 2004
Design for the Kähler Factory, Denmark 1995
Lecturer at School of Design Kolding 1994 -1995
Lecturer atSchool of Design, Copenhagen 1993 – 1996
Selected solo exhibitions
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris 2019
Puls Gallery, Brussels 2016
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris 2016
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris 2014
Copenhagen Ceramics, Copenhagen 2014
Puls Gallery, Bruxelles 2013
Cheongju International Crafts Biennale, special invited to exhibit at the Main Exhibition,
Ministry of Culture, Copenhagen 2012
NeC Gallery, Hongkong 2012
Copenhagen Ceramics with Karen Bennicke 2012
Ann Linnemann Studie Gallery, Copenhagen: Extrudox A/S (Anne Tophøj/Steen Ipsen) 2011
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris 2010
Gallery Dock-56, Hamburg, Germany 2010-2011
BN24 Art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 2009
TIED-UP Drud & Køppe Gallery, Copenhagen 2007
Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium 2006
Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium 2003
The Variation of repetition, Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen 2002
New Ceramic Works, the Exhibition Room for New Ceramics, Copenhagen 1966
The Variation of repetition, Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen 1994
Gallery Kobolt, Copenhagen 1993
Selected group exhibitions
Art Miami, Miami, Duran Mashaal Gallery, Montréal, Canada 2019
Beirut Art Fair with Gallery Pik’d, Beirut 2019
North Art Fair, Denmark with Galerie Provence 2019
Ceramic Momentum, at CLAY Museum, Denmark 2019
Art Paris, with NeC Gallery, Paris 2019
Musëe des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 2018
Maison du Danemark (Det danske Hus i Paris) 2018
North Art Fair 2018 with Galerie Provence
Art Beirut Art Fair with Pik´d Gallery 2018
Pik´d Gallery, Beirut 2018
Fiskars Helsinki 2018
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris 2018
North Art Fair with Galerie Provence, 2018
Collect, London with Gallery Format, Oslo 2018
Art Herning with Galerie Provence 2018
Filosoffen, Odense, Denmark 2017.
Nort Art Fair 2017 Galerie Provence
Art Herning 2017. Galerie Provence
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery 2016
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery 2015
Lakeside Art, Nottingham, England 2014-2015
Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, Houston 2015
Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Logan Utah 2015
10.000 timer, Trapholt Art museum, Kolding 2014
Boise Art Museum, Idaho 2014
Bellevue Art Museum, Washington 2014
ASU Art Museum, Arizona 2013
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery 2014-
Sydney Opera House 40 years anniversary-exhibition 2013
Biennale in Grand Palais with NeC Gallery, Paris 2013
Höganäs Museum och Konsthall 2013
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen 2013
Collective1 Design fair New York with Lohmann Gallery 2013
NeC Gallery, Paris 2013
NeC Gallery, Hongkong 2013
Lys over Lolland, Denmark 2012
SOFA, New York with Lacoste Gallery 2012
Parlament in Brussels 2012
Nec Gallery, Paris 2012
Living with Ceramics, Puls at Ampersand House and Gallery, Bruxelles 2011
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien, Paris 2011
Mindcraft 10, Milano, Italy 2010
EXPO 2010 Shanghai Nordic Light House 2010
Curitiba Design Biennale Brazil 2010
It’s a small world Santiago Chile 2010
SOFA, Schulpture, Objects and Functional Art Chicago with Lacoste Gallery 2010
Art Copenhagen 2010
Art Herning 2010
International salon, Lacoste Gallery U.S.A. 2010
NeC Gallery Paris 2010
It’s a small world at Danish Design Center, Copenhagen 2009
Mindcraft 09, Milano, Italy 2009
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, England 2009
Danish Ceramics, Hobro, Denmark 2009
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. with Lacoste Gallery 2008
The View from Denmark Lacoste Gallery, U.S.A. 2008
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, New York, Drud & Køppe 2008
NDC Statistics><Ceramics, Röshsska Museet, Götebrorg, Sweden 2008
Love your Figure, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium 2008
NDC Statistics><Ceramics, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany 2008
XXTH International biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Vallauris, France 2008
Sculptural Ceramics, St. Joseph Gallery, Leeuwarden, Holland 2008
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen 2008
Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects, V&A London Drud & Køppe 2007
Biennale for Craft and Design 2007, Trapholt kunstmuseum, Kolding 2007
The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007, Korea.
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. With Gallery Drud & Køppe 2006
Collect The international art fair for contemporary objects, V&A London, Gallery Nørby 2006
Conversation pieces: Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen 2005
Dutch ceramic museum De Tiendschuur, Holland 2005
The International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, Croatia 2005
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. Gallery Nørby 2005
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics” 2004
Maison du Danemark, Paris, France2004
The Nordic Embassies, Berlin, Germany 2004
Biennale for Craft and Design 2004: Trapholt kunstmuseum, Kolding,
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago U.S.A. Gallery Nørby 2004
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Mingei International Museum 2003
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics MAD, New York 2002
San Diego, California. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California. Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin. U.S.A.
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago U.S.A. Gallery Nørby 2001
New Danish Ceramics, The Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen 2001
Table Top, The Exhibition Room for New Ceramics, Copenhagen
2nd Danish Ceramic triennale, Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding 1997
Danish Ceramics 1850 – 1997, Sophienholm, Copenhagen.
Duplika, Danish Architectural Center, Copenhagen 1996
Talent börse Handwerk 1995”Munich, Germany 1995
Contemporary Danish Design, Sophienholm, Copenhagen 1995
New Danish Ceramics, Ribe Museum of Art 1995
International Contemporary artist’s in clay 1995” Amsterdam
Room and Rituals of Everyday Life, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen 1994
Danske Dage Ljubljana, Slovenia 1994
Keramikkens Underskov, The Round Tower, Copenhagen 1993
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen 1993
XIII biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’art, Vallauris, France 1992
Artist’s Autumn Exhibition, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen 1992
The Danish Museum of Arts & Design, (Applied Art Price of 1879) 1991
Design School Kolding, graduation exhibition, Koldinghus, Kolding 1990
Selected grants/public awards
Danish Arts Foundation three year working grant 2013-2015
Annie and Otto Detlefs Foundation, ceramic prize 2011.
Ellen and Knud Dahlhoff Larsens Foundation 2010.
- F. Foghts Foundation. 2009,12 and 19.
Ole Haslund Artist Foundation 2007.
Winning a prize Honorable Mention in the 4thWorld Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea.
The Danish Arts Foundation. 1992, 93, 95, 96, 99, 01, 02, 04, 08, 10, 11, 12 and 16.
The DanishNational Bank Jubilee Fund. 1994, 95, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 and 12.
BG Foundation: 2005.
Pre-qualified for the competition: ”Ceramics for everyday use” Danish Arts Foundation, 1995.
Applied Art Prize of 1879, Bronze Medal. 1991.
Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany 2017
The Danish Arts Foundation 2017
Trapholt Art Museum, Denmark 2016
Houston Art Collection USA 2015
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 2014
The Danish Arts Foundation. 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012. 2014, 2017
Höganäs Museum, Sweden 2013
Musée de Sèvres, Paris 2012
ASU Art Museum Arizona, USA 2012
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg 2011.
Annie and Otto Detlefs Collection, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010.
Musée Magnelli, Vallauris, France, 2008.
Ny Carlsbergfondet, 2008, 2014, 2016.
Victoria & Albert museum, London, 2007.
Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, 2007.
Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, 1993, 2004, 2007.
DanishCeramic Museum, Middelfart. 2004.
The lobby of the Danish National Police Headquarters. Copenhagen. 1998.
Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding. 1997,
Art Foundation of the14th of August. 1997, 2011.
Ribe DistrictCouncil. 1995.
Copenhagen Culture Foundation. 1993.