Introduction

Korean International Ceramic Biennale (KICB) is an event to be held in Gyeonggi-do province, which is a heart of Korean ceramics industry and culture. It is to take a review the current status of ceramic arts across the world and issues of ceramic culture to see and discuss where we should go in the future. The KICB has been defining current status of international ceramic arts of the time and generating discourses with diverse artistic experiments, by exploring future direction of ceramic arts and now it will be marking the 10th event next year.

Established in 2001, the KICB has established itself as one of the major events transcending locality in Korea. With ceramists gathering in Korea from around the world and world-renowned ceramic ware presented in Gyeonggi-do Province, the Biennale a true ceramic arts festival where all ceramic artists from more than 70 countries across the world gather is held every odd year. For the past 20 years, the Biennale has been playing a crucial role in shedding light on the value of Korean ceramics and establishing Korea as the center of world ceramics.

Through diverse efforts to tear down boundaries of ceramics and expanding its realm into new areas, the Biennale has garnered attention and earned positive reviews from various fields while succeeding in establishing ceramics as one of the realms of contemporary art.

History of Korean International Ceramic Biennale(KICB)
The 1st World Ceramic Biennale Korea (2001 World Ceramic Expo)
  • Duration2001.8.10.~10.28.(80 days / 69 nations)
  • ThemeShaping the Future with Earth
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2001, World Contemporary Ceramics, Korean Contemporary Ceramics, IAC Member Exhibition, NCECA Member Exhibition, and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc.
The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale Korea
  • Duration2003.9.1.~10.30.(60 days / 68 nations)
  • ThemePassion, Elegance, Fragrance
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2003, World Contemporary Ceramics, Ceramic House I, Five Hundred Years of Korean Ceramics from the Joseon Dynasty, World Top 10 Brands, Spanish Ceramics, Guangdong Provincial Museum Collection, Picasso in Clay and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc.
The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale Korea
  • Duration2005.4.23.~6.19.(58 days / 67 nations)
  • ThemeCeramics: The Vehicle of Culture
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2005, World Contemporary Ceramics, Celadon of the World, Ceramic House II, World Ceramic Souvenirs, Teapots of the World and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 4th World Ceramic Biennale Korea
  • Duration2007.4.28.~5.27.(60 days / 68 nations)
  • ThemeReshaping Asia
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2007, Crossroads of Ceramics, World Contemporary Ceramics , Ceramic House III and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea
  • Duration2009.4.25.~5.24.(60 days / 70 nations)
  • ThemeAdventures of the Fire
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2009, World Contemporary Ceramics, Ceramic Space & Life and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 6th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale
  • Duration2011.9.24.~11.22.(60 days / 71 nations)
  • ThemeJourney From Fire
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2011, Inlaid Ceramics Special Exhibition, Sunday Morning Ceramics, CeraMIX Life, Korea-China Ceramics Arts Exchange Exhibition, Glass Art Exhibition from Toyama, Japan, Guest Country Exhibition: France and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale
  • Duration2013.9.28.~11.17.(51 days / 57 nations)
  • ThemeCommunity: with me, with you, with us
  • ProgramInternational Prize of GICB 2013, Korea-China Ceramics Art Exchange Exhibition, HOT Rookies, Guest Country Exhibition: Norway, Ceramics Competition for the Disabled and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale
  • Duration2015.4.24.~5.31.(38 days / 74 nations)
  • ThemeColor; Ceramic Spectrum - Distictive Color, Variegated Color, Traditional Color
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2015, Thematic Exhibition in Icheon <Convergence and Transcendence>, Thematic Exhibition in Yeoju <Multi-colored Stories>, Thematic Exhibition in Gwangju <Resonance of Traditional Color>, International Ceramics Competition for the Disabled, Korea-Italy Ceramics Art Exchange Exhibition and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc
The 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale
  • Duration2017. 4.22.~5.28.(37 days / 76 nations)
  • ThemeNarrative: Ode to Life
  • ProgramInternational Competition 2017, Thematic Exhibition in Icheon <Story: About Life>, Thematic Exhibition in Yeoju <Pray: Cherishing Life>, Thematic Exhibition in Gwangju <Memory: Reflecting on Life>, International Ceramics Competition for the Disabled, Invitational Exhibition <Neil Brownsword: Factory> and Other Exhibitions, Symposium/Workshop, etc