Johannes Nagel


Johannes Nagel (b. 1979) is a German-born ceramist deeply interested in the improvised and porvisional. 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 he developed himself.

Johannes Nagel studied at University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, where he is also an assitant 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 Victoira and Albert Musuem, The Ariana, and the Keramion. 

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