The MADE NORTH Gallery presents new and experimental work by established and emerging northern designer/makers. We aim to promote a range of northern designer/makers and provide opportunities to find out a little bit more about how they work and their sources of inspiration.
New work “bowls”- bone china 2015
Hyu-jin Jo chose to work in ceramics because form and texture are very important to her. She likes to create basic shapes and designs and then work with intricate textures on top of these shapes. She hand carves the thrown ceramic body into geometric shapes then uses a knife to carve the textures. Her goal is to combine simple industrial design with traditional craft skills.
Hyu-jin Jo uses a variety of materials in her work, but the methodology and approach are consistent with each. Favourite materials to use are Bone china, Stoneware, and Black Jasper.
Featured Maker Interview
Ceramic creamers, hand carved from thrown ceramic
Who or what inspired you to become a designer/maker?
The influential ceramic artist Sasha Wardell at the British biennial art exhibition held in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 2013. This is where I first saw the artwork of British artist Sasha Wardell. Her work has been hugely influential. I love the way her works have been mass- produced, but she has added handmade elements to them.
How would you describe your work?
My goal is to combine simple industrial design with traditional craft skills. I like to create basic shapes and designs and then work with intricate textures on top of these shapes.
Where are you based? Please describe your studio.
Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. I’m currently using the university’s excellent studio.
What piece of work are you most pleased or proud of, and why?
My blue and black creamers, I added blue and black colours to earthenware, made my own colour, and hand carved for two colours to be harmonised.
What is the most satisfying part of the work you do?
I am very satisfied with my latest project I’ve accomplished in this last semester. With hand carving, simple industrial shape design and traditional craft skills which I intended to naturally combine.
What would be your dream project?
I want to extend my work with other materials such as wood and metal.
Cups perfectly illustrating intricate textures of hand carved designs
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on bowls, I use glazes and different clay bodies currently in my collection, and want to further develop and explore my work.
When you’re not working what do you like to do?
I love drawing when I have some spare time.
See and buy a Hyu-jin Jo’s work in the MADE FRESH exhibition
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