|Ipek Kotan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1977 and studied media arts with an emphasis on photography at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She later attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, RI and completed her foundation studies in which she explored drawing, painting, ceramics, and metalsmithing. In 2008, she moved to the UK and received her master’s in ceramics from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent. In 2010, she established her own studio practice.
Public collections representing Ipek Kotan’s works include the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the Netherlands, and Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden and Museen der Stadt Landshut in Germany. Kotan received commissions from Cartier and Barneys New York, and her works are represented in over 250 private and public collections and museums worldwide. She was the only artist to complete a year-long residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre, now also known as sundaymorning@ekwc, a residency whose past residents include artists such as Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Betty Woodman.
Kotan’s work has been reviewed by renowned ceramic art critic Walter Lokau, former Christie’s senior director and interior designer Richard Rabel, published in art publications such as Ceramic Review, New Ceramics, Art Aurea and popular magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Decor. Kotan has previously lived in Turkey, the United States, Indonesia, England, Austria, and Switzerland, and is currently based in Leiden, the Netherlands.