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LEE KOTTAM

ABOUT ARTIST As a daughter of a ceramist, artist Lee Kottam has been grown so close to the clays. She was majored in industrial ceramics from Dankook University and graduated Tokyo University of the Arts with a doctoral degree in research on Nature and Life. She is mainly working on tableware and interior goods based on wildflowers, insects, and berries around her studio in Ganghwado these days. THE PROCESS Full of spring spirit plates, they are made by pressing the wildflowers onto the clay plates and then transferring the pattern by embossing with Solid Casting. Use chloride for developing the natural wildflower colors. In order to prevent the chloride (aqueous solution) spreading during the coloring process, there are two times of preliminary firing and then...

MARIE DAAGE

ABOUT ARTIST Born in Austria, raised in the French West Indies and educated at the School of The Louvre, Marie Daâge started hand-painting on Limoges porcelain in 1990. Her creativity and respect of a heritage craft, quickly led her to work with artisan painters from Limoges’ region, enabling her to focus on the creation. Over the years, Marie Daâge has grown into a major player on the French luxury and international decorative arts scene. Marie Daâge collections are some of the very last to be painted entirely by hand, as opposed to printed patterns (chromolithography or “chromo”). The resulting pieces represent a rare combination: fine Limoges porcelain, patterned not with common rigid decorative motifs, but with playful and expressive hand-painting. Each piece is a unique...

CHO SOO HYUN

ABOUT ARTIST Cho Soo Hyun was majored in metal arts from both undergraduate and graduate school at Seoul National University. One day she had a pleasant feeling by handing tea temperature through a silver teaspoon. It was the beginning of her tea-related small accessories and tea ware production. The artist deeply believes in the power of hand-crafted objects which gives the most impressive satisfaction to the people. THE PROCESS Cho Soo Hyun mainly uses Silver for her work. 800 silver, 925 silver and pure silver are the types of silver what she uses depending on the purpose of objects to be made. The process of making one silver item has long-various stages. Knocking several hundred times to make a shape and through the different stages...

NASON MORETTI

ABOUT ARTIST Nason Moretti is one of the leading glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano. It was founded in 1923, during a period of great success for the Italian visual arts. Since its earliest days it has proved itself as a ground- breaking company, compared with the emerging artistic trends, thanks to the creation of chalices and glasses that have become the undisputed points of reference for the Venetian “Art of the Table”, together with vases and design objects that helped spread its fame in Italy and abroad. THE PROCESS All Nason Moretti collections feature ad-hoc product research, developed through an original use of colour and chromatic combinations, engravings and polychrome decorations. With the help of his skilled technicians, Nason Moretti has been able...

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...
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