Zetterquist galleries was founded in 1992 by Eric J. Zetterquist to present the finest of Asian ceramics throughout the ages.  Our clients include major museums and the most discerning collectors of Asian ceramics from around the world.

    While most Asian antiquities galleries choose one country and show several different media from that country, Zetterquist chose to show one medium, ceramics, but cover all of the Near and Far East. The flow of materials with stylistic and technical influences around the region over the past 2,000 years tells a fascinating story that gets more exciting with time.  

    Our March 2021 exhibition will feature Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics and works of art.  In a departure from previous exhibitions which have focused mainly on ceramics, this group includes ceramics, bronze, stone, painting and calligraphy, mostly sourced from American and Japanese collections.

   Click on "Go to Catalog" for a link to view selected objects in our current exhibition.

Porcelain Sculpture by
Ipek Kotan

Artists absorb, reinterpret, and when good, synthesize their influences and life experiences into something altogether fresh and original.  When I first saw (touched) the work of Turkish-born Ipek Kotan, it struck me as a lovechild between two of my favorite ceramic artists: Kuroda Taizo and Lucie Rie.  Having lived with her piece for five years, I realized that it is much richer and more complex than that, reflecting the artist’s  international education, cultural openness, intellectual acuity and technical bravura.  

 

The exteriors of Kotan’s sculptural bowl forms are unglazed, burnished porcelain.  In utilizing this technique, they are certainly reminiscent of Kuroda’s vessels.  However, Kotan’s forms are, if possible, even more subtle; repeating with simple variations on the same theme.  They are, not truly understood until they are touched.  Their soft, silky texture is warm and seductive to the touch.

 

The interiors of these pieces are where the artist thrills the viewer.  They vary from flat, vivid colors of mid-century modernism to subtle translucent craquelure, to shimmering metallic surfaces, to depictions of celestial skies and Mediterranean  seas writ in innovative glaze crystallization.