East meets West
Kevin White was born in England in 1954. He studied art and ceramics at various institutes between 1973-1979, after which he became a ceramics research student at Kyoto City University of Fine Arts, Japan, studying under the late Professor Yutaka Kondo. From 1980-83 White worked in Kyoto in the studio of Mr. Satoshi Sato, who was a member of the avant-garde ceramic group ‘Sodeisha‘. After completing post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Art, London in 1985, White migrated to Australia on a permanent basis. He now lives and works in Melbourne, where he is Course Coordinator of the ceramics department at RMIT University.
Kevin White’s works are influenced by his experiences in Japan, where he learnt the technique of onglaze decoration. Since then he has developed his particular style, which takes elements from Japanese art & design, and melds them with western influences and designs of his own imagination. His fine porcelain vessels are wheel thrown and altered. The initial design is painted in underglaze blue, then glazed with a clear glaze. After this, color in the form of onglazes is added and fired on in a third firing.
White’s works have received critical acclaim acclaim around the world and may be found in numerous publications on ceramics as well as public collections including Gifu Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan, Royal College of Art, London, UK and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, to name a few.