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YANG JIWOON

ABOUT ARTIST Korean emerging Ceramicist Yang Ji-Woon received her MFA, Ph.D at Sungshin University, studied the crafts and ceramics. Yang makes the cup, plate, and ornament of Cerastone, emitting, the subdued sheen of pottery and the soft touch through the delicate expression practice without glaze by means of the Cerastone. With the hope of designing small artistic objects for daily life, Yang strives to enhance the quality of our lives. THE PROCESS The artist reinterprets the Korean traditional Yeollimun technique (marbling pattern) and the Inlaid technique in a modern style. She expresses the flow of line, face, and color by making white pottery soil in various patterns, applies the gold on the surface and peels it after firing, for the gold to be left on...

LEE KAJIN

ABOUT ARTIST Lee Kajin is one of the most promising, up-and-coming craft artist in Korea dedicated to making contemporary celadon wares ‘Celadon’. Lee makes sturdy porcelains with a lucid, radiant color with higher firing temperature and viscosity compared to those of traditional Go-ryo celadons. LEE seeks to reinterpret classical celadons into modern disciplines not through variations in the appearance or functionality but through technological innovations and sentiments of today. THE PROCESS The artist Kajin Lee’s celadon work starts from the expression of the glaze. The blue light is maximized by applying the glaze thickly to express the celadon color in her ceramic works. Lee makes her own distinctive glaze by mixing ingredients and the works go through the demanding process of glazing and burning. The...

KIM EUN HAK

ABOUT ARTIST Kim Eun Hak works with a group at his own studio, "Eun Hak Kim Design Studio" as an art director mainly focusing on designing furniture, lights, and living supplies. Kim completes the work through the effect that objet is united accidentally by users away from the frame of typical and artificial form. All of his works are made on the basis of this form ‘series of incompletion’. The Artist suggests a design that is made in the flexible relationship of users, pursuing the practical design anybody can understand. THE PROCESS 1. choose /  2. change / 3. compound Kim focuses on the ‘legs’ of furniture. He chooses only legs from several kinds of furniture and transforms the length, then he makes a new glued...

JOE CARIATI

ABOUT ARTIST Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. His work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Cariati thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. THE PROCESS Joe Cariati’s work is entirely “free blown”, a Venetian glassblowing process that utilizes the human hand, not blow molds, to form vessels from start to finish. No part of the process is automated and it cannot be replicated by any machine or mold. From color preparation to gathering to proper amount of material, each work is literally made one by one, using ancient techniques that have...

RINA MENARDI

ABOUT ARTIST Since 1980, Rina Menardi has been developing her research into the field of ceramics, personalizing work techniques, exploring colour schemes, and striving for neatness of shape. Through the work, she has been creating hand-made stoneware pieces, always characterized by simple lines, inspired by nature, and never limited to a single purpose. Accordingly Menardi insists that an object should not impose itself, but rather suggest visual and tactile sensations able to evoke our deepest emotions. THE PROCESS Rina Menardi moulds the clay without ever feeling as a tout-court ceramist. She chooses baked clay because she senses in this material the possibility to express herself through gaining possession of some of nature’s secrets, understanding her laws, respecting her rules and limitations. The ever-personal research she...

UTOPIA&UTILITY

ABOUT ARTIST As the name evokes, Utopia & Utility combines the functional with the fantastical. Founded in 2012 by siblings Pia and Moritz Wustenberg, London based design duo makes products showcasing the skills of talented craftsman around the globe privileging handmade production. Using natural materials, the duo creates one of a kind pieces reminiscent of nature with an exotic simplicity. The duo creates handmade collections of gorgeous vases, candleholders, stools, glass lights, and bowls that mix glass with wood, ceramic, stone, paper, metals, and pottery. The components stack together to form tabletop sculptures that are simply breathtaking. THE PROCESS Utopia&Utility’s multi-functional product, the Stacking Vessels consists of three individual containers, all of which are formed with traditional craft processes. The ceramic and wood pieces are...

DINOSAUR

ABOUT ARTIST Dinosaur Designs is the ultimate Australian design brand. Its signature style is instantly recognizable – an eclectic blend of chunky, tactile shapes, combined with the most brilliant, intuitive sense of colour. Dinosaur Designs has founded its business in 1985 and for over 30 years it has now become a successful manufacturing business that sells a vast range of jewelry and homeware designs to retailers around the world. THE PROCESS All of the collections of Dinosaur Designs start in the sketchbooks. Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, designers of the company discuss stories and themes first. And then they start to sketch ideas. It sometimes takes 6 months from start to finish, and they move in to production. On average, it is probably about seven...

KANG HEE JUNG

ABOUT ARTIST Kang Hee Jung graduated with both a BFA in Craft Art and a MFA in Wood Painting in Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and her works have been in more than 15 group exhibitions internationally, such as France and China. THE PROCESS She is currently working on making craft objects and up-cycling furniture to be used in everyday life. She discovers materials from our surroundings and is recently interested in bringing back abandoned objects to us. Kang breaks up an outdated object, deriving its value and beauty to re-create it as a brand-new object and a furniture piece suitable for contemporary lifestyle. WORK PHILOSOPHY Kang focuses on Ottchil, which is Korean lacquer art. She finds that...

OH YUMI

ABOUT ARTIST Oh Yumi is a craft artist who makes wooden lacquerware by following the tradition in her own language. After pursuing BA degree in business administration and Chinese language and literature, she decided to learn her father’s skills and continue the tradition. As a daughter of Oh Wang Taek, a renowned artisan of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, she is inspired by her father’s delicate works and aspires to keep the tradition of handwork. Her works have been exhibited in Korea, China, Taiwan, USA and France. THE PROCESS Everything around Oh Yumi becomes an inspiration: architecture, fashion, nature and the contemporary society where she lives in. She studies forms from architecture, colors from fashion and paintings, and patterns from nature. While utilizing the traditional technique...

CONTAINER 5-1

ABOUT ARTIST Container 5-1 is a design studio composed of three designers in a family: a father, a daughter and her husband. It creates what we want to use in our daily lives by combining various materials and forms. Its projects include a wide variety of objects from a coaster for an individual to a dining table for a group of members. The studio also carries out custom design projects for a specific customer’s need where it is involved in furniture and interior styling. WORK PHILOSOPHY The first project of Container 5-1 is the Octagonal series that includes dining table, cabinet, and cupboard. Octagonal series was developed in collaboration with a potter Ji Seung Min to showcase his tableware. Container 5-1 focuses on the functionality...
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