Simon B. Keller, native German and son of renowned ceramic artists Dorothea Chabert and Volker Ellwanger, grew up in the castle of Wolfsburg. Being immersed in a thriving artist community from his childhood on, he took the opportunity to study functional and art pottery for six years with master potter Daiguji Michiko and Tappo Narui in Mashiko, Japan in the 1980ies. Later he worked with master potter Hosui Fukuda in Kumamoto, Japan. Simon has been engaged in the making, teaching and promoting of ceramic art for over 20 years and holds extensive experience in facilitating cross-cultural ceramic art shows and events (Japan-Germany-USA).
Whether intentionally searched for or randomly encountered, raw, untamed materials have triggered my imagination as long as I can remember. Through weathering it takes a stone an eternity to turn into clay. Clay and water make for a soft and malleable material that offers itself to my hands to be shaped into sculptures and pots.