The Grand Prize Winner of the KICB 2017
Cluster of Vases
Torbjørn Kvasbø, the Grand Prize winner of the International Competition of the Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2017, presents here an installation as a tribute to the 150 year old history of Norwegian ceramic vase manufacturing and utilitarian industrial product design.
The exhibition project is based on old vase moulds chosen from the long and distinguished history of the porcelain factory Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik (PP). The project’s dialogue with the design history addresses the origins of the individual vase shapes in our industrial cultural heritage, with clear references to the factory’s unique history and to the designers who have left their distinctive mark on them.
The vessel is one of the oldest utility objects we have. It is known from mankind’s earliest history and from all cultures up through the ages. The cluster of vases here includes 3000 pieces put together to form a large, complex installation.