Korean artist Yeonsoo Kim opens one week show June 2

02 Jun 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, News, Press Releases

The Morean Center for Clay at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is starting its traditional series of exit solo exhibitions for this year’s class of Artist-in-Residence. The free galleries at the Morean Center for Clay in the heart of Warehouse District will feature the work of Artist-in-Residence Yeonsoo Kim from Tuesday, June 2 to Saturday, June 6 between 10 am and 5 pm. The galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays, but a last chance to see the exquisitely detailed and large format pieces using Onggi, or traditional Korean coil and paddle techniques will be Tuesday June 9.

“Some of my work is thrown on the wheel and glaze fired in a gas kiln with a reduction atmosphere, allowing for the asymmetry of human touch conferred in the making and chance in the coloration, both of which help to distinguish handmade from mass-produced pots. Residency programs are crucial to being able to actualize my goals as a professional artist. For this reason, I believed the residency at Morean Center for Clay would bring the greatest amount of influence and connection to my practice,” said Kim.

Kim of Haenam, South Korea was selected from a field of nearly 50 global artists to participate in the 2019-20 Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay. Solo exhibitions of the other five Artists in Residence will be featured at the Morean Center for Clay over the months of June and July.

Kim earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and glass from the Hongik University located in Seoul. Kim has held apprenticeships with Onggi masters in Jeolla-do and Gyeongsang-do in Korea.

He has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Baltimore Clayworks, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Montana State University, and Innon art center. Kim has exhibited nationally and internationally and recently had a solo exhibition at the Glass Gallery in Athens, GA.

“Morean Center for Clay Artist Residency program provided an excellent opportunity to continue to explore these personal themes developed before coming to study in America. This program, with its rich and diverse creative environment, expanded my perspective and material view as a maker. I believe true learning is not just the exchange of skill and technique but also the development of understanding and friendship between makers and artists,” said Kim.

The Morean Center for Clay is also home to over 50 working clay artists who operate from studios in the retrofitted freight train station constructed in the 1920s. Visitors are encouraged to wear face masks and will be asked to observe social distancing practices.

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