This special art complex creates a new environment where, uniquely in the world, the invited masters, teachers and students live, create and learn together in an atmosphere where art, education and the respect for the values of different cultures, tolerance and internationality, in the noble meaning of the word, are in the air.

 








A NEW RENAISSANCE IN EDUCATION
The teaching philosophy and practice at the International Ceramics Studio.
 

The International Ceramics Studio (ICS) is a ceramic art centre located in the town of Kecskemét, eighty kilometres south of the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The centre was created over 25 years ago on the initiative of Hungarian artists who had felt culturally and ideologically isolated during their recent history. It was the wish for freedom and the desire to work alongside international artists that led to the founding of the centre in 1975.

After an initial 10 years hosting the Master School of the Hungarian University of Applied Art, Budapest we have now built up a new department. The practical workshops of the Silicate Department of the Faculty of Design of the University of West Hungary, Sopron are now housed in the studio. Based on the accumulated experience of the past 30 years of studio existence and the Master school teaching we have developed here a new undergraduate and post graduate education with a rare teaching method. A new Renaissance of art teaching exists in Kecskemét, in the true spirit of the middle age masters of Caravaggio, Raphael and Leonardo, accepting students into their workshops to pass on their knowledge for future generations.

In this school students live and work in a unique educational atmosphere. Alongside the teachers and professors, leading Hungarian artists and world-famous artists invited by the Studio to work in residence also teach while making their own work. Students have open access to these artists studios and are able to learn in a supportive and mutually creative way, experiencing philosophy, processes of thought and technical expertise of the masters. This environment allows our students to learn in a more individual and expressive way, finding their own solutions to problems, their own direction, in their own time and pace allowing individuality and creativity to blossom like the masters who have walked this path before.

The studio has an impressive range of facilities, including specialist equipment not usually available to students in normal educational establishments, providing them with increased opportunities and experiences. The highly qualified staff and technicians are available to offer the support and guidance required. Students have exceptional 24 hour access to workshops and equipment, further breaking down the barriers between education, life and art.

A condition for all invited professional artists to the Studio is that they leave some of their pieces made in the studio for the collection of the ICS. This is how we have created a unique collection of international contemporary ceramic art to which students have access to handle, study and research the actual works, often only seen in books or magazines. An invaluable resource, inspiring students to strive for perfection. The collection now houses in excess of 3000 pieces of artwork from over 355 artists from 43 countries.

This special art complex creates a new environment where, uniquely in the world, the invited masters, teachers and students live, create and learn together in an atmosphere where art, education and the respect for the values of different cultures, tolerance and internationality, in the noble meaning of the word, are in the air.

The studio has, over the years, built up excellent relationships with both individual Hungarian and international artists as well as many production factories offering students the opportunity to learn vocationally while on visits or work placements. Our students are regularly on placement at Vasarhely, Zsolnay and the world famous Herend Porcelain.

In addition to teaching our own students we regularly organise intensive programs for visiting student groups from international colleges and universities. We can accommodate up to 20 students at a time with staff members in our extensive facilities.

We arrange programs of demonstrations and workshops by leading international artists, field trips and visits to traditional ceramic workshops, artists studios and leading porcelain manufacturers. Lectures, slide shows and films are given in our theatre to accompany museum visits to view rare collections.