Kosmas Ballis has been pushing the limits of the ceramic medium since graduate school in Tallahassee at Florida State University, where he received his MFA in 1999. In 2001, Ballis was celebrated as an NCECA Emerging Artist. He went on to create powerful sculptures in response to the BP Oil/ Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. A former student of Ken Ferguson’s at the Kansas City Art Institute, Ballis’ work has always been grounded in formal traditions, regardless of the inspirational content. In 2017, he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and will have a solo exhibition at the New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum in 2018.