Simon B. Keller, native German and son of renowned ceramic artists Dorothea Chabert and Volker Ellwanger, grew up in the castle of Wolfsburg. Early on as a child he was immersed in its eclectic artist community. After high school he followed an invitation to Japan, studying functional and fine pottery for six years with artist Daiguji Michiko and Tappo in Mashiko. Simon teaches authentic Japanese techniques, takumi (“the art of making”) and has developed experimental ceramic art workshops. Most recently Clay Dance, an evolving performance art project in collaboration with New Jersey based Mgalleries (www.mgalleries.org). Simon is member of Frontline Arts (www.frontlinearts.org) where his work was showcased in 2018.