Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1977, Ipek Kotan studied media arts with emphasis on photography at Emerson College in Boston, USA. After some years working as an entrepreneur and in the corporate world, she could no longer deny the urge to work with her hands and returned to university full-time to study art and design. She attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, USA and completed her foundation studies where she explored drawing, painting, ceramics and metalsmithing. But it was ceramics in general and sculptural vessels in particular that resonated with her deeply. In 2008 Kotan moved to Stoke-on-Trent, UK – the “motherland” of studio pottery and received her master’s in ceramics from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
In 2010 she established her own studio practice and since then has been working full time as a ceramic artist exhibiting her works in Europe and the United States. Public collections representing her works include the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Museen der Stadt Landshut – Rudolf Strasser Collection (Landshut, Germany) and the Presidential Art Collection (Ankara, Turkey).
Kotan was the first and only artist to complete a year-long residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, now also known as EKWC and sundaymorning@ekwc, a residency whose past residents include artists such as Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormly, Betty Woodman and Tony Cragg.
Ipek’s work is represented by Adrian Sassoon in London, Atelier 27 in Paris, Pucker Gallery in Boston and Portakal Gall; two of the world’s leading contemporary art dealers and her work is in over 250 private art collections worldwide. She has had solo shows in European galleries such as Puls Contemporary Ceramics in Brussels and Beaux Arts in Bath; and have been selected to exhibit in shows such as Revelations, Paris; Meister der Moderne, Munich; SOFA Chicago; Grassimesse, Leipzig; British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. She was a finalist in the Westerwald Museum’s Modern Classics competion in Germany and Mino Ceramics Competition in Japan. Her work has been represented at the Sogo Museum of Art in Yokohama, Japan.
Ipek has previously lived in Turkey, United States, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland and she is currently based in Leiden, the Netherlands.
See her YouTube page.