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Ipek Kotan at Decorex

Discover Ipek Kotan’s series of unique vessels, including new decorative bowls, at design show Decorex, which runs through Wednesday, September 21

Designer Ipek Kotan extends her on-going series of unique vessels marked by richly textured interiors and minimalist, tactile exteriors and will showcase the latest incarnations at design show Decorex International, which runs through Wednesday, September 21st.

Made of the finest Limoges porcelain, Kotan’s timeless large and small bowls explore the interior as a canvas for limitless experimentation. The result: luxurious, multi-layered and raw inner textures contrasted by an unglazed, silky smooth shell.

“Tactility is a key element of the design and creation process,” Kotan explains.

Turkish born and Netherlands based ceramic designer Ipek Kotan draws inspiration from a lifelong fascination with archaeology and geology. The vessel, to be found at archaeological sites all over the world, stands for human universality and is strongly associated with sharing, offering and generosity. The inner glazings on the other hand resemble natural phenomena such as glaciers, rock formations and desert grounds.

Kotan’s vessels are wheel-thrown, turned, glazed, sanded and polished by hand, each displaying a variation in thickness and size so that no two pieces are identical. Glazes are all mixed from raw materials. The overall making process can vary from a few weeks to several months. No moulds are used at any point during the process.

Ipek Kotan is based at stand C16 at Decorex International at Syon Park, London from September 18-21. Works are available to view, purchase and commission.

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