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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...

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...

KIM SAE YOUL

ABOUT ARTIST A ceramist, Kim, Sae Youl graduated from the Ceramic Art department at Seoul National University and studied at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China. He has participated in various exhibitions in Korea, USA and China and has been awarded by a number of institutions including UNESCO SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts in 2007. Kim pursues a natural harmony that goes well together with our ordinary tables. One of his popular tableware, Yeolmaedal, meaning fruitful month, represents September with its generous form. THE PROCESS Kim, Sae Youl gets inspiration from his family and his daily life. His five-year-old son named his workshop ‘The lunar world’. While he works on the pottery, he sometimes talks with his son over the window. In this way, his works...

JI SEUNG MIN

ABOUT ARTIST Ji Seung Min graduated from the Ceramic Art department at Kookmin University and also holds a master’s degree in Ceramic Art from the same school. He has participated in various exhibitions in Korea, Japan, and Australia as well as a solo exhibition, ‘Ji Seung Min’s Moon Jar’ at Kookmin University Sculpture Gallery. His work, Moon Jar, is part of the permanent collection at Korea Ceramic Foundation. THE PROCESS Ji makes sure to have his workspace and tools clean and tidy before and after work. By having things and tools organized, he finally gets prepared to focus on his work, which leads to better works. He gets inspirations from a wide variety of sources including publication about white porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty, Korean...

SEO KUK JIN

ABOUT ARTIST Potter Seo, Kuk Jin graduated from Craft Art department in Kyunghee University and holds a master’s degree in Craft Art from the same school. He started to showcase his works in his first solo exhibition in 1989 and participated in various exhibitions in Korea, China, and the United States afterwards. His work is part of the permanent collection of Musee National Adrien Dubouche Limoges in France. THE PROCESS Pursuing the aesthetics of minimalism, he focuses on lines and colors of his works. He starts with the question of how he would color the work. He then finds materials for color from nature. He believes in the virtue of Korean traditional pottery and aspires to express its elegance with simple line and subtle color....

JOE WON SOK

ABOUT ARTIST Joe Won Sok graduated from the department of Ceramics at Kookmin University and holds a master’s degree in Ceramics from Ohio State University. Joe’s works reveal functionality presented by simple lines and planes while embodying a sense of space. Metallic black color in his work expresses its existence by adding depth to the surface. The collection of his works reveals the impression of an interior scene as if it were a still-life painting. THE PROCESS Joe Won Sok starts his work from the very basic form and concentrates on its beauty and static power within it. Then, by imbuing his own emotions, he observes how the meaning of the basic form evolves. His works are the outcome of a series of questions on...

KIM JI YOUNG

ABOUT ARTIST Potter Kim, Ji Young graduated from department of Ceramics of Seoul National University of Science and Technology. She has been showcasing her nature inspired works through various exhibitions including her solo show at Gana Art gallery in 2007 and Insight Center in 2003. Having moved out of Seoul to a suburban house with a large backyard for her kids, she wears two hats, first of a loving-mother and second of a potter, with the former role having a significant influence on the latter. Her works, not coarse or rough but also not smooth or slick in style, reflects her love for her kids and the natural surroundings around her, offering a calm and warm feeling to the users. THE PROCESS Based on the...

CHOI JUNG YOU

ABOUT ARTIST Choi Jung You graduated from department of Man & Wellbeing at Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands and department of Interaction Design at Korea National University of Arts. She designs small objects used in daily lives like tableware, living ware, lightings and chairs. All of her works are handmade and created in small quantity. THE PROCESS Choi works with cloth, wood, earth, and plastic but it is paper that was the most frequently used. ”Paper itself can be the main material of my work, but I also like to use paper to create prototype of any project. Folding, cutting, crumpling, or ripping… Depends on how to treat it, it can convey any feeling: warm or rough, hard or soft. I haven’t found any other...

LEE CHANG HWA

ABOUT ARTIST Lee, Chang Hwa graduated from Ceramic Department of College of Fine Arts in Hongik University. He also holds a master’s degree in Industrial Arts from the same school. Since 1999 he introduced his white porcelain and jinsa works through various solo and group exhibitions. In 2004 and 2006, he won awards in the Korea’s beautiful pottery public call competition. His works are part of the permanent collection in the Icheon World Ceramic and Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum. THE PROCESS Lee, Chang Hwa likes to play with earth. Just like kids focuses on playing without any pressure or constraints, Lee likes to play with earth. Sometimes folding it, sometimes stacking it up or punching a hole in it… in the process of playing and having...
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