Jia Kun was born in China in 1988. She graduated in 2018 with a MFA in Decoration from Brera Academy. Working as the 2018 artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Jia experimented with ceramic surface texture and glaze conceptually. Drawing on sociology and cultural studies, Jia’s ceramics works challenge the dichotomy between Eastern and Western culture and strive to merge Chinese and Western aesthetics drawing on recurring themes of time, memory, nostalgia, and death.
The imagery within Jia’s works suggest the form of mountains in the manner of Yuan dynasty Chinese landscape paintings whilst also alluding to sensuality and the female form.
The physical process of creating a ceramics piece is an organic procedure that requires perfect combination of hand, clay, water, glaze and fire through exquisite craftsmanship.
Jia says of her work:
“I am always in conversation with materials; every piece is a debate between the clay and me. The formation of a piece is a cooling process, in which active clay transforms into stable pottery. As the metamorphosis takes place in my palms, I grow together with the materials.”