The International Ceramics Studio (ICS) is a ceramic art centre located eighty kilometres south of the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The ICS was created in Kecskemét on the initiative of Hungarian artists who had felt culturally and ideologically isolated. It was the wish for freedom and the desire to work alongside international artists that led to the founding of the centre by János Probstner, who was its director until 2011.
The mission of the studio is to promote the formal, aesthetic and technical development of ceramics and to help foster creative skills. The studio is open to all challenges of ceramic research, design and experiment. With this in mind the ICS offers modern facilities and kilns, ample studio space and technical support. Between 1978 - 2011 the ICS was maintained by the local council of Bacs Kiskun County, which was famous for supporting culture.
Our facilities give artists an excellent opportunity to concentrate on their work in a creative and mutually supportive environment where new and imaginative ideas can be explored and realised. The studio offers a residency program for artists who wish to work on their independently in the studios on their own projects. Parallel to this program we organise a thematic program which offers workshops, symposia, courses, talks and seminars.
In 2001 the ICS became a non-profit foundation. Following organisational changes in 2012 the International Ceramics Studio, together with the Forras Publishing House and the International Studio of Enamel Art, belongs to the Kecskemét Contemporary Art Studios, an organisation which is owned and supported by the city of Kecskemét and its director is dr. László Füzi. The ICS is managed by ceramic artist Zsolt Szegedi