ARTISTS / 陳高登 Chen Kao Teng
Chen Kao Teng (b.1967) is a ceramic artist from Taiwan and one of the most skilled artisans in the art of enamel and gold repair in the cross-strait region. After working in the metalcraft industry for 20 years, he returned to school and graduated from the Master’s Degree in Crafts and Design in National Taiwan University of Arts. It was until he was asked by a friend to repair a teapot with a broken spout that he discovered the beauty of ceramic stapling (Juci), a traditional Chinese way of repairing ceramics by embedding nails into the pot. After that he wrote a paper on the theme of "Juci", which was the first in Taiwan and was widely cited and referenced.
Chen believes that the beauty contained in nature is endless, and that as long as we deeply observe it, we can constantly create new realms. Even the themes used by the ancients can be "refreshed with the past" to create new artistic conceptions. His works are not just about patching up broken pieces, but also adding new elements in line with modern aesthetics, making the art of Juci more flexible and beautiful.
In addition to creating works and participating in exhibitions, Chen is also enthusiastic about publishing papers and organising classes, promoting Juci and Kintsugi in the academic field and in the community. In 2016, he published a paper at the Shandong Cross-Strait Arts and Crafts Development Seminar, and in 2018, he organised related courses at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan and Touch Ceramics in Hong Kong.
2024 The Beauty of Brokenness, TOUCH Ceramics HK
2018: Promoted enamel culture in Hong Kong and conducted enamel and gold repair workshops at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.
2017: Invited to exhibit at the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo and the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale.
2016: Featured in the "Old Objects, New Uses" special exhibition at the Taiwan Thirteen Factories Museum and presented a paper at the Shandong Cross-Strait Arts and Crafts Development Symposium.
2014: Participated in the Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale.
2013: Curated the "Enamel Life: Enamel Art Exhibition" and participated in the Tokyo Lacquerware Exhibition and the "Alchemy: Contemporary Metalwork Composite Media Art" exhibition.
2012: Completed and published a master's thesis on enamel, which was the first thesis of its kind and has been widely cited and referenced.