Johannes Nagel


Johannes Nagel (b. 1979) is a German-born ceramist deeply interested in the improvised and provisional. He has committed to explore the many ways to produce vessels— his works, which range in size from the smaller-scale to the monumental, take on the historic and contemporary meaning of the “vase” head-on with physical and theoretical methods of deconstruction, heavily informed by twentieth century art, criticism, and theory. He works quite often with a sand-casting technique that he developed himself.

Johannes Nagel studied at University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, where he is also an assistant professor. He began his career as a potter as an apprentice to Japanese-born Canadian ceramist, Kinya Ishikawa in Val-David, Quebec. He has since developed an international dossier of shows, awards, and residencies. Nagel's work is shown and collected internationally, and may be glimpsed in a diverse set of museum collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Ariana, and the Keramion.

Most recently, Nagel has been awarded the Keramikmuseum’s  2019 Westerwald Prize, one of the highest awards for ceramics in Europe.

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