Born in 1984, Yoon Sang Hyuk is a young potter with exceptional talent. Having graduated from department of Ceramics in College of Arts in Seoul National University, he held his first solo exhibition in 2014 Untitled, and numerous group exhibitions including the The Beauty of Waiting, Clay, To hold something in 2014 and New Past exhibition in 2013.
Yoon works with clay. As he plays with the clay, it responds to his hand and slowly shows its properties. He carefully observes these responses and constantly ponders ‘why’. Through the process of questioning and finding the answers to them, he adjusts the clay to himself, and himself to the clay. The discovery he finds along this process is the motivation for his work.
Some call pottery as the art of fire. This is perhaps because it is not easy to perfectly control the accidental effects of the fire. In his works of pottery, Yoon utilizes these accidental factors, which he believes vital necessities to complete pottery. In the midst of these ‘accidental necessities’, the main goal of his pottery work is to find the perfect combination of the natural effects from the accidentals and the deliberate effects by the necessities.