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© ADAGP, Paris 2020
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King Houndekpinkou

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist
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French, English
Hours:
By appointment only
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Connecting cultures through clay

  • • King is a multicultural artisan
  • • His craftsmanship links Benin and Japan
  • • He uses his creativity to express topics close to his heart

With genuine enthusiasm, King Houndekpinkou describes his early passion for video games and how it inspired a love of Japanese culture and creativity. “Then, in 2012, I went to Japan for the first time and was encouraged to try pottery. I was soul-searching at the time, questioning what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up taking a class… and here I am!” Franco-Beninese King highlights the spiritual similarities between Benin and Japan and he now works to bring potters together from both countries. “Ceramics has become the lens through which I see life, but it also leads me to discover new things that are outside of ceramics, like Native American culture and other countries and practices,” he explains.

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Works

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Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2019
Organika – I see your true colours through the cracks

This ceramic sculpture is based on a vessel shape and features clay spikes on the surface. It was finished with white glaze and gold lustre and fired in the electric kiln at 1250°C.

Height 25 cm
Diameter 29 cm

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist
Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2019
The Little Sea Widow – The sea shines at the zenith of my sorrow

This sculpture was handcrafted with black stoneware from Lanzarote (The Canary Islands), stoneware from Tamba (Japan), red pine ashes from Bizen (Japan) and clay from Oumgbégamé (Benin). It is finished with multiple glazes (white, blue, crawling blue) and platinum lustre.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 22.5 cm

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist
Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2020
Gravité : Point d’ancrage, rythmes et cris

This sculpture is built from various functional piece parts (vases, cylinders, bowls, cups) and features clay spikes on the surface. It was fired in the electric kiln at 1250°C.

Height 62 cm
Diameter 30 cm

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist
Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2020
Gravité – Trempé dans une mer d’acide…

This sculpture is built from various functional piece parts (vases, cylinders, bowls, cups) and features clay spikes on the surface. It was fired in the electric kiln at 1250°C.

Height 39 cm
Diameter 24 cm

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist
Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2020
Cavilux Rose – vase sculptural à dorure

This sculpture is based on a vessel shape and features clay chunks on the surface. It was finished with pink glazes and gold lustre and fired in the electric kiln at 1260°C.

Height 31 cm
Diameter 23 cm

King Houndekpinkou Ceramicist

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