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King Houndekpinkou Artist Talk & Demo

  • Heide Museum of Modern Art 7 Templestowe Road Bulleen, VIC, 3105 Australia (map)


In celebration of the exhibition An Idea Needing to be Made: Contemporary Ceramics Heide is thrilled to partner with Slow Clay Centre. As part of Craft Cubed Festival, Heide will present a talk and demonstration with exhibiting French artist King Houndekpinkou facilitated by Jane Sawyer from Slow Clay Centre.

Born in Montreuil, France, in 1987, King Houndekpinkou is a Franco-Beninese ceramicist who works and lives in Paris. King blends clays and other materials from all continents to create experimental works that combine craftsmanship, cross-cultural understanding and spirituality. He cultivates an attraction for the “beauty of imperfection” and purposely scratches, tears and repairs clay bodies often disfigured by texture overload. Once fired, glazes reveal cracks, grains and flux that often emulate the aesthetics of the Voodoo altars from Benin.

His work has been exhibited internationally at biennials, art fairs, group and solo shows including Dak’Art OFF 2016 (Dakar, Senegal), World Cultures Festival (Hong Kong), Art Paris Art Fair (Paris, France), The Salon: Art + Design (New York, USA), Time on Earth (New York, USA), Terre de Mémoire (Cotonou, Benin) and Thank you for the Clay (Shigaraki, Japan). In 2017, King was part of the major tribute exhibition to American art potter George Ohr [1857-1918] Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter at Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida, U.S), curated by ceramics expert Garth Clark.

King will present an artist talk and demonstration in facilitation with Jane Sawyer, a Melbourne ceramic artist, educator and director of Slow Clay Centre. Jane is a member of The International Academy of Ceramics and brings experience, consideration and open enquiry to the event.

This Artist talk and demonstration is being held in conjunction with the exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art titled An Idea Needing to Be Made: Contemporary Ceramics (27 July 20 October 2019). It is an exhibition centred predominantly around the idea of the vessel form and its continued use and reinvention by contemporary artists working with clay.

It is foregrounded historically by the work of the Australian artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, whose interest in and interrogation of the vessel and the still life tradition ushered in a new way of thinking for ceramicists about function, display and purpose.

Most of the artists in the exhibition deal with one or more of the enquiries and ideas explored by Pigott: how can a vessel function as both something to be used but also about use; in what ways can an artwork be understood as a collection or suite of objects; and why is the past an eternal present in ceramic practice?

The exhibition features the work of artists from Australia and overseas, including:
Alison Britton (UK)
Kathy Butterly (US)
Kirsten Coehlo (AUS)
Pippin Drysdale (AUS)
Ernebella Arts (AUS)
Simone Fraser (AUS)
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (AUS)
King Houndekpinkou (FRA)
Nicolette Johnson (AUS)
Kate Malone (UK)
Kang Hyo Lee (KOR)
Wi Te Tau Pirika Taepa (NZ)

Slow Clay Centre is a ceramics education centre based in Collingwood, Melbourne. Lead by Jane Sawyer, one of her passions is to support visiting national and international guest artists through offering a program of one-off workshops, talks and panel discussions. These events offer a unique opportunity to engage with professionals and be inspired by some of the world's most respected and innovative artists.


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Earlier Event: August 31
Open Studio with Brooke Hyrons