Place and Practices - South Korea Exchange

Spode -China Hall

Throughout history, ceramics have played an important role in the phenomenon of cultural transfer. For centuries China, Japan and Korea have influenced each other’s aesthetics, practices and technologies. Subsequent trade with the West, and the imitation and hybridization of Oriental styles in 18th century Europe, led to the forging of new ceramic traditions that were to gain historical dominance.

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 sees a continuation of this cycle of exchange. Korean artist Juree Kim and Neil Brownsword will be resident artists at Spode over the summer months, developing new work that explores cross-cultural responses to place, site and tradition. Neil has recently worked at the Korea Ceramic Foundation researching the traditional practices of a group of artisan potters, knowledge which he intends to deconstruct and extend during the residency.

Juree Kim works primarily with clay, performance and film. Well known for her meticulously constructed raw clay structures which when exposed to moisture collapse and decay, Juree explores transience, issues of urban regeneration, and displacement Juree’s work strikes a universal chord transcending the immediate cultural context of their generation.

An installation will be created from the outputs of these joint residencies and which will be shown at both Spode and in World of Wedgwood throughout BCB 2017. 


Images: Factory, Neil Brownsword with Rita Floyd, 2017 and Hwi-gyeoung Series, Juree Kim, 2015