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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.

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Exposed Work

Steen Ibsen

Born in 1966 in Naestved, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Education and employments

1984-90 : Danish School of Design. (Candidate in ceramics design)
2013 – 2016 : Member of the board, The Danish Arts Foundation
2014 : National Commissioner (official appointed 2013) of Bornholm Biennials for Contemporary European Glass and Ceramics
2013 : Jury member of The Biennale for Crafts and Design,
2010 : Founder member of Copenhagen Ceramics
2007 – 2013    Censor (officially appointed) by School of Design, Copenhagen
2007 – 2013   Member of the board, Danish Crafts, Denmark
2005 – 2008   Member of the board, International Ceramic Center – Guldagergaard, Denmark
2005   Censor at the Glass and Ceramic School on Bornholm
2005 – 2007   Lecturer at School of Design, Kolding
2005 – 2006   Censor on the Spring exhibitions at Charlottenburg
2001  Member of New Danish Ceramics
1998  Jury member at The Danish Ceramics Triennial, Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding
1998  Judge. Competition: “The Future Playground”. The Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen
1997 – 2003  Member of the committee, The National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen
1996 – 2004  Head of Department of Ceramics and Glass at School of Design, Copenhagen
1995   Design for the Kähler Factory, Denmark
1994 -1995     Lecturer at School of Design Kolding
1993 – 1996   Lecturer at School of Design, Copenhagen

Selected solo exhibitions

2016
Puls Gallery, Brussels
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris

2014
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris
Copenhagen Ceramics, Copenhagen

2013
Puls Gallery, Bruxelles
Cheongju International Crafts Biennale, special invited to exhibit at the Main Exhibition, Korea

2012
Ministry of Culture, Copenhagen
NeC Gallery, Hongkong
Copenhagen Ceramics with Karen Bennicke

2011
Ann Linnemann Studie Gallery, Copenhagen: Extrudox A/S (Anne Tophøj/Steen Ipsen)

2010
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Paris
Gallery Dock-56, Hamburg, Germany (2010-2011)

2009
BN24 Art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2007
TIED-UP Drud & Køppe Gallery, Copenhagen

2006
Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

2003
Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

2002
The Variation of repetition, Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen

1966
New Ceramic Works, the Exhibition Room for New Ceramics, Copenhagen

1994
The Variation of repetition, Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen

1993
Gallery Kobolt, Copenhagen

 

Selected group exhibitions

2016
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery

2015
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery

2014-2015
Lakeside Art, Nottingham, England
Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, Houston
Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Logan Utah
10.000 timer, Trapholt Art museum, Kolding
Boise Art Museum, Idaho
Bellevue Art Museum, Washington
Art Paris, Grand Palais with NeC Gallery

2013
ASU Art Museum, Arizona
Sydney Opera House 40 years anniversary-exhibition
Biennale in Grand Palais with NeC Gallery, Paris
Höganäs Museum och Konsthall
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen
Collective1 Design fair New York with Lohmann Gallery
NeC Gallery, Paris
NeC Gallery, Hongkong

2012
Art and Design, New York with Lohmann Gallery
Art Hampton with Lohmann Gallery, USA
Lys over Lolland, Denmark
SOFA, New York with Lacoste Gallery
Parlament in Brussels
Nec Gallery, Paris

2011
Living with Ceramics, Puls at Ampersand House and Gallery, Bruxelles
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien, Paris

2010
Mindcraft 10, Milano, Italy
EXPO 2010 Shanghai Nordic Light House
Curitiba Design Biennale Brazil
It’s a small world Santiago Chile
SOFA, Schulpture, Objects and Functional Art Chicago with Lacoste Gallery 2010
Art Copenhagen
Art Herning
International salon, Lacoste Gallery U.S.A.

2009
NeC Gallery Paris 2010It’s a small world at Danish Design Center, Copenhagen
Mindcraft 09, Milano, Italy
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, England

2008
Danish Ceramics, Hobro, Denmark SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. with Lacoste Gallery
The View from Denmark Lacoste Gallery, U.S.A.
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, New York, Drud & Køppe
NDC Statistics><Ceramics, Röshsska Museet, Götebrorg, Sweden
Love your Figure, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium 2008
NDC Statistics><Ceramics, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
XXTH International biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Vallauris, France
Sculptural Ceramics, St. Joseph Gallery, Leeuwarden, Holland
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen

2007
Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects, V&A London Drud & Køppe

Biennale for Craft and Design, Trapholt kunstmuseum, Kolding
The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007, Korea.

2006
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. With Gallery Drud & Køppe
Collect The international art fair for contemporary objects, V&A London, Gallery Nørby

2005
Conversation pieces: Gallery Nørby, Copenhagen
Dutch ceramic museum De Tiendschuur, Holland
The International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, Croatia
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, U.S.A. Gallery Nørby

2004
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics”
Maison du Danemark, Paris, France
The Nordic Embassies, Berlin, Germany
Biennale for Craft and Design 2004: Trapholt kunstmuseum, Kolding,
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago U.S.A. Gallery Nørby

2003
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Mingei International Museum

2002
From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics MAD, New York
San Diego, California. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California. Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin. U.S.A.

2001
SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, Chicago U.S.A. Gallery Nørby
New Danish Ceramics, The Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen
Table Top, The Exhibition Room for New Ceramics, Copenhagen

1997
2nd Danish Ceramic triennale, Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding
Danish Ceramics 1850 – 1997, Sophienholm, Copenhagen.

1996
Duplika, Danish Architectural Center, Copenhagen

1995
Talent börse Handwerk 1995”Munich, Germany
Contemporary Danish Design, Sophienholm, Copenhagen
New Danish Ceramics, Ribe Museum of Art
International Contemporary artist’s in clay 1995” Amsterdam

1994
Room and Rituals of Everyday Life, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen
Danske Dage Ljubljana, Slovenia

1993
Keramikkens Underskov, The Round Tower, Copenhagen
Charlottenborg Foundation Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen

1992
XIII biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’art, Vallauris, France
Artist’s Autumn Exhibition, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen

1991
The Danish Museum of Arts & Design, (Applied Art Price of 1879)

1990
Design School Kolding, graduation exhibition, Koldinghus, Kolding

 

Selected grants/public awards

2013-2015   Danish Arts Foundation three year working grant
2011  Annie and Otto Detlefs Foundation, ceramic prize
2010  Ellen and Knud Dahlhoff Larsens Foundation
2009 & 2012    F. Foghts Foundation
2007   Ole Haslund Artist Foundation
Winning a prize Honorable Mention in the 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea.
The Danish Arts Foundation. 1992, 93, 95, 96, 99, 01, 02, 04, 08, 10, 11 and 12
The Danish National Bank Jubilee Fund. 1994, 95, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 and 12
2005  BG Foundation
1995  Pre-qualified for the competition: ”Ceramics for everyday use” Danish Arts Foundation
1991   Applied Art Prize of 1879, Bronze Medal

 

Public representation

2015   Houston City/Airport Art Collection
2014   Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012. 2014  The Danish Arts Foundation
2013   Höganäs Museum, Sweden
2012   Musée de Sèvres, Paris
2012   ASU Art Museum Arizona, USA
2011   Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
2002, 2005, 2007, 2010   Annie and Otto Detlefs Collection
2008   Musée Magnelli, Vallauris, France
2008   Ny Carlsbergfonden
2007   Victoria & Albert museum, London
2007   Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea
1993, 2004, 2007   Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen
2004   Danish Ceramic Museum, Middelfart
1998   The lobby of the Danish National Police Headquarters. Copenhagen
1997   Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding
1997, 2011   Art Foundation of the14th of August
1995   Ribe District Council
1993   Copenhagen Culture Foundation