Born in Jena, Germany, in 1979, Johannes Nagel studied ceramics and the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, from 2002 to 2008. He has also served apprenticeships and undertaken residencies in Canada, Japan, and Scotland. He has exhibited widely in Germany and, increasingly, internationally.
Nagel’s work is based around the exploration of vessel forms. He creates works that stand as visualisations of the creative process. This for Nagel frequently involves elements of improvisation, the artist embracing techniques that are seemingly unorthodox and startingly direct. As he has stated, “the subject of my work is the improvised and provisional”.