The Grand Prize Winner of the KICB 2017

Torbjørn Kvasbø, Norway

  • President, International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)
  • Lives and works in Venabygd, Norway
    1978 Diploma (Master’s Degree), Ceramic Department, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway
    2017 Grand Prize, International Competition(KICB2017), Icheon, Korea
    1999 Premio Faenze, 1st Prize in the 51, Premio Faenze Concorso Internationale, Faenze, Italy
    2018-2019 Forces, Sèvres Ceramic Museum, Paris, France
    2014-2015 Beyond G(l)aze, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, Korea
    Sèvres Museum(Manufacture National de Sèvres), Paris, France
    Korea Ceramic Foundation, Icheon, Korea

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.

  • Period : Nov. 29.(Fri), 2019 ~ May. 31.(Sun), 2020
  • Venue : Special Exhibition Hall, Icheon World Ceramic Center