Jongjin Park

Jongjin Park explores the materiality of ceramics and their ability to imitate other materials such as wood and paper. Born in Korea, Park recently came to the UK to study Ceramics, and the relationship between British and Eastern ceramic cultures. Park has worked with the relationship between paper and clay. Paperclay, a material invented to improve clay’s material properties was later used by many potters. Park takes this one step further by using and mimicking paper in clay. Slip is brushed onto fine tissues of paper and then fired at a high temperature, at over 1280 degrees centigrade, resulting in a strong, durable, wood-like material, which belies the fragile origins of the work. Park is currently studying MA Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, following an MFA and BFA Ceramics at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. His exhibitions include: the Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece; R.E.D, Arton Gallery, Singapore; Color, Ceramic Museum, Korea and The 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition, Korea, for which he was awarded the Gold Prize.