Eugene Hön (1958-)

Artwork by Eugene Hön


Eugene Hön is a ceramic artist with a passion for drawing, ballpoint renderings. With a master’s degree in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Cape Town, he has pursued a career as an academic and practicing artist for the past thirty-seven years. He is an artist that celebrates the handmade, developing concepts and ideas within the context of a globalized society. He embraces the advancement in technology and the impact of the digital, whilst living in an information age.

His experience as an academic and commitment to the development of the crafts has expanded his knowledge and honed his broad skills to include the teaching and the making of ceramics, sculpture, drawing, artists books, digital printing, animation, video or digital projection installation and ultimately design; industrial design and jewellery design and manufacture.

His latest career development expands his broad creative output to include curatorial practice, as the recently appointed director of the FADA Gallery at the University of Johannesburg.

Hön was born in Bellville (Cape Town) in 1958, graduated from Michaelis, University of Cape Town with a Master’s in Fine Art (Ceramic Sculpture) in 1986.

He has received a number of Awards, including the Michaelis prize for the best body of work produced by a student in the final year of study, BAFA (1982), a Merit Award Winner at the APSA International Ceramic Biennale held at the Sandton Civic Art Gallery in 1998, the Claypot Award at the Glazecor Regional Ceramics exhibition organized by Ceramics SA in 2009.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Ceramics SA Regional Group exhibition held at BIGS (2018), 100% Clay at Decorex Exhibition held in Cape Town (2018); the Booknesses: SA Contemporary Artist’s Books Exhibition at FADA Gallery – participating artist and curator (2017); Ceramics SA Biennale Exhibition held at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery – participating artist and curator (2016).

The 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale held in the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum,Taiwan (2014); The Book Arts: Artists Books Exhibition held at Art on Paper. 44 Stanley (2014); a Solo Exhibition held at Elegance Jewellers, Melrose Arch (2012), a staff exhibition Collaborations/Articulations at FADA Gallery (2012), the Ceramics SA Ultra-Furn Regional Exhibition at Museum Africa, Johannesburg (2010), Ceramics Alumni UJ

Exhibition at FADA – participated and curated the exhibition (2010), Art with a Pulse exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, England (2010); the Ceramics SA exhibition held at the iStore Sandton (2010) and the Glazecor Ceramics SA Regional Awards Exhibition held at the University of Pretoria Art Gallery (2009).

Hön’s work is in the collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery; the South African Constitutional Court; the Durban Art Gallery; The National Art Gallery; The Corobrik Collection; the Altech Collection and the Ginsberg Collection at WAM.