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Made in Korea is a cultural exchange project between two contrasting nations – Britain and South Korea, and two contrasting disciplines – ceramics and sound art. Involving 20 artists from Korea, 5 from the UK, and encompassing 4 exhibitions, 4 concerts, an international residency, and the launch of a unique audio guide, the project evolves throughout 2017 in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

The phrase ‘Made in Korea’ is often synonymous with the mass production of ephemeral objects. Korean ceramic tradition stretches back several millennia, and the artists featured throughout this project reinterpret and rework this historic legacy. The displayed works combine contemporary references and highly individualised techniques, placing this impressive heritage within the world of globalised culture.

The project was in planning for two years, and is Kay Aplin’s most ambitious Ceramic House project to date. Following an Arts Council funded research trip to Korea in 2016, Aplin curated an exhibition of Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House in May, as part of Artists Open Houses at the Brighton Festival, which transferred to leading Mayfair gallery, Sladmore Contemporary in July, a validation of a seven-year journey curating shows at The Ceramic House, and an exciting new step for developing projects outside of the domestic arena.

This project further investigates the links between ceramic and sound art practice initiated in collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young for the Landscape : Islands project in 2016.

Residency – British Ceramics Biennial

Two Korean ceramists, Kyung Won Baek and Jin Kim, undertook a residency at The Ceramic House throughout May and June. Their collaborative work responds to the ceramic heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, with which they are drawing parallels with Korean manufacturing industry. Kay Aplin is making a new piece inspired by traditional Korean architectural ceramics and decorative motifs in ancient Korean ceramic vessels. The two installations will be presented together at British Ceramics Biennial, evoking a cultural conversation between UK and Korean ceramic traditions and will be further linked by a four-channel sound installation by Joseph Young, composed of sounds recorded in artists’ studios in Korea and industrial production in Stoke on Trent.

Sound and Public Space
Three UK-based and three Seoul-based sound artists will engage in a sonic dialogue curated by Joseph Young on a geo-locative audio app featuring compositions that use the ceramic making processes as its source sounds, with the sounds discoverable via GPS at iconic locations in Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

The app launches at BCB in September, offering visitors a unique 3D audio experience of Stoke and its historic manufacturing legacy. In partnership with Seoul-based sound artist and curator Hankil Ryu, the app will then debut in Seoul in November with a concert at Mullae Art Factory, where Young will perform together with Korean sound artists as part of Resonance Festival, accompanied by an exhibition of Aplin’s Korean-inspired ceramics.

Exhibiting ceramic artists

The fifteen Korean ceramic artists selected represent some of the most exciting practitioners working in the ceramic medium today, who are based in South Korea, France, Germany, USA and UK. Click on a name to reach each artist’s page.

KYUNG WON BAEK   MYUNG NAM AN.  JIN EUI KIM.  JONG JIN PARK   SUN KIM   JAE JUN LEE   SANG WOO KIM   WOOK JAE MAENG   JUNG EUN HAN   VERONICA JUYOUN BYUN   EUI JEONG YOO   CHUN BOK LEE   MIN SOO LEE   HYE MI LEE   BO KYUNG KIM   KAY APLIN

Residency artists

KYUNG WON BAEK   JIN KIM

Sound artists

JOSEPH YOUNG   HANKIL RYU

Follow Kay’s blog about the project here: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/made-in-korea

MADE IN KOREA DATES

The Ceramic House 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28 May, vernissage Thursday 4th May

London Craft Week showcases a preview at Sladmore Contemporary of selected artists, 3rd-7th May

Sladmore Contemporary 12th – 28th July

British Ceramics Biennial 22nd Sept – 5th November

Mullae Art Factory, Seoul 4th – 12th November

Jin Eui Kim, OPject – Mountain Ridged Form, Earthenware, 1120ºC Wheel-thrown and brushed 18 tones of engobes, 2016
Jin Eui Kim, OPject – Mountain Ridged Form, Earthenware, 1120ºC
Wheel-thrown and brushed 18 tones of engobes, 2016

MADE IN KOREA DATES

The Ceramic House 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28 May, vernissage Thursday 4th May

London Craft Week showcases a preview at Sladmore Contemporary of selected artists, 3rd-7th May

Sladmore Contemporary 12th – 28th July

British Ceramics Biennial 22nd Sept – 5th November

Mullae Art Factory, Seoul 4th – 12th November

Made in Korea is a cultural exchange project between two contrasting nations – Britain and South Korea, and two contrasting disciplines – ceramics and sound art. Involving 20 artists from Korea, 5 from the UK, and encompassing 4 exhibitions, 4 concerts, and the launch of a unique audio guide, the project evolves throughout 2017 in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

The project has been in planning for two years, and is Kay Aplin’s most ambitious project to date at The Ceramic House. Following an Arts Council funded research trip to Korea in 2016, Aplin will curate an exhibition of Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House in May, as part of Artists Open Houses at the Brighton Festival, which transfers to leading Mayfair gallery, Sladmore Contemporary in July. Two invited Korean ceramists will undertake a residency at The Ceramic House and the work will be exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), Stoke-on-Trent, opening in September.

Kay Aplin will also create a new series of large-scale porcelain wall panels reflecting on her recent experiences in Korea. These will be displayed at Sladmore Contemporary, BCB and Mullae Art Factory in Seoul. A preview of her work will be shown at Sladmore Contemporary as part of London Craft Week in May together with work by UK-based Korean artists Myung Nam An and Jin Eui Kim.

Follow Kay’s blog about the project here: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/made-in-korea

Sixteen Korean ceramic artists have been selected to participate in the exhibition, who are based in South Korea, France, Germany, USA and UK. Click on a name to reach each artist’s page.

KYUNG WON BAEK   MYUNG NAM AN.  JIN EUI KIM.  JONG JIN PARK   SUN KIM   JAE JUN LEE   SANG WOO KIM   WOOK JAE MAENG   JUNG EUN HAN   VERONICA JUYOUN BYUN   EUI JEONG YOO   CHUN BOK LEE   MIN SOO LEE   HYE MI LEE   BO KYUNG KIM   KAY APLIN

Residency artists

KYUNG WON BAEK   JIN KIM

Sound and Public Space
Three Korean and three UK sound artists will engage in a sonic dialogue curated by Joseph Young. The sound works will reference ceramic manufacturing processes in the UK and Korea and feature on a specially designed, geo-locative audio app, with the sounds discoverable via GPS at iconic locations in Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

The app launches at BCB in September, offering visitors a unique 3D audio experience of Stoke and its historic manufacturing legacy. In partnership with Seoul-based sound artist and curator Hankil Ryu, the app will then debut in Seoul in November with a concert at Mullae Art Factory, accompanied by an exhibition of Aplin’s Korean-inspired ceramics.

Sound artists

JOSEPH YOUNG   HANKIL RYU

The Ceramic House, 75 Stanmer Villas Brighton BN1 7HN

Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NW

Information: kay@theceramichouse.co.uk +44(0)7803 161313
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