The studio is open to all challenges of ceramic research, design and experiment. With this in mind the ICS offers modern facilities and kilns, ample studio space and technical support to give artists an excellent opportunity to concentrate on their work in a creative and mutually supportive environment where new and imaginative ideas can be explored and realised.
The studio offers a residency program for artists who wish to work on their independently in the studios on their own projects. Parallel to this program we organise a thematic program which offers workshops, symposia, courses, talks and seminars.
The International Ceramics studio was created in Kecskemét in 1978 on the initiative of Hungarian artists who had felt culturally and ideologically isolated. It was the wish for freedom and the desire to work alongside international artists that led to the founding of the centre by János Probstner, who was its director until 2011. Between 1978 - 2011 the ICS was maintained by the local council of Bacs Kiskun County, which was famous for supporting culture. In 2012 the International Ceramics Studio became part of Kecskemét Contemporary Art Studios together with the Forras Publishing House and the International Studio of Enamel Art. The Kecskemét Contemporary Art Studios is an organisation which is owned and supported by the city of Kecskemét and its director is Barta Dóra. Since 2018 the Manager of International Ceramics Studio is ceramic artist and designer Márton Strohner.
The Studio is an Institutional Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva.
PLAN OF THE STUDIO
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of János Probstner on Saturday 27th August, 2022.
The founder and director for almost the first 40 years of the International Ceramics Studio he will be fondly remembered and missed by countless colleagues and friends all over the world.
➔ Obituary | Nekrológus
➔ Memorial Service | Megemlékezés