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Jongjin Park - Assistant Professor in Seoul Women's University, Ceramicist

The Korean Ceramicist Creates 

Precious, pillow-like handcrafted sculpture

Out of the most crude of materials

Jongjin Park recently recieve a PhD in ceramics at Kookmin University, where he achieved his BFA and MFAs in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He also studied ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales. He makes layered, papery vessels that look like they could flake apart in your hands.

In a recent interview with the Ceramic Review, Park said that his work “explores the remarkable ability of ceramics to deceive the eye.” He makes his contemporary ceramic art by using tissue paper and clay slip. In addition to playing with material, he also investigates themes of architecture and conceptual space with his forms.

He told the magazine:

“My work asks us to consider what is real… These effects meet with simple shapes and structures, contrasting with straight porcelain, a material I studied early on in my academic life. I’m interested in relational art and applying it to ceramics. As ceramic artists we have the advantage of understanding our materials and processes directly and can manipulate these in interesting ways to spark a dialogue with our viewers.”

He intends to develop that latter idea with his PhD studies. Please enjoy this gallery of images we’ve assembled for Jongjin Park, this week’s Featured Potter on cfile.daily.



 Ph.D | Ceramics at Kookmin University

Thesis link.   A Study of the Formative Ceramics by Fusion of Materials

2013 - 2014

MA | Ceramics, Distinction, Cardiff Metropolitan University / Cardiff, Wales, U.K.


MFA | Ceramics, Kookmin University / Seoul, Korea 

Thesis link.  A Study on Ceramic Formative Art applied Technique of joining

2000 - 2006

BFA | Ceramics, Kookmin University / Seoul, Korea



Finalist-Open to Art 


Lexus Creative Masters Award 2018


Highly Commended- Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize


 Honorable Mention- The 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts


Gold prize- The 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition


 Grand Prize- The 1st Gwangju White Porcelain Competition 


Assistant Professor | Seoul Women's University

Previous Experience

2019 - 2020  Visiting Professor | Seoul Women's University

                           Adjunct Professor | Konkuk University

                           Lecturer | Kongju National Univeristy

                           Lecturer | Induk University

2017 - 2018    Adjunct Professor | Hanyang Women’s University

2017- 2018     Lecturer | Kookmin University

2013                 Researcher | Friends of National Museum of Korea

2012                  Lecturer | Kookmin University (Title-Ceramic craft 3)

2009 - 2010  Researcher | National Museum of Korea (Dept. of Arts Ceramics)



2024 ‘Between Nature and Artificiality, Finork Busan, Korea

2022 'Small Objects', TUMO studio, Yerevan, Armenia

2021    The 5th Solo exhibition ‘Intensive Black’, Gallery Mano, Korea

2020   The 4th Solo Exhibition 'PAPERWORK', Tongin Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2020   The 3rd Solo Exhibition, Gallery Ilsang, Seoul, Korea

2019    Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London, U.K

2018    The 2nd Solo exhibition ‘TIMELINE’,ooojh gallery, Seoul, Korea

2018    Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London, U.K.

2017     Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London, U.K.

2016     Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London, U.K.
2015     The 1st Solo exhibition 'Artistic Stratum' KCDF Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2015     Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, U.K

 Two person Exhibition

2023 'like dissolves like', JIWHEON, Seoul, Korea

2017   Wouter Dam & Jongjin Park, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium
2012   Harin Lee & Jongjin Park, Tongin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011   Beyond the Time / Jongjin Park & Kiwook Lee, Yido Gallery, Seoul, Korea 


Group Exhibition

2024 PAD Paris 2023, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

2024 <Self Medication: Korean Ceramic Art>, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia

2023 Salon Art + Design Art Fair with JLohmann Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, N.Y., U.S.A

2023 Design Miami, with JLohmann Gallery,Miami Beach, U.S.A.

2023 <Crossroads>, Le Don Du Fel Gallery, France

2023 Ader X Converse, Beizic Studio, Seoul, Korea

2022 <White Porcelain: How have we humans breathed life into soil?>, Seoul Craft Museum, Seoul, Korea

2022 Meister Der Moderne, Meister Der Moderne, Munchen, Germany

2021   Salon Art + Design Art Fair with JLohmann Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, N.Y., U.S.A

2021   Ceramic Now, Galerie Italienne, Paris, France

2021   Craft Trend Fair with Finork, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2020   JAYEONMUL, Cabinet Hanam, Seoul, Korea

2020   Metaphorical, B-E Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2020   Clay with a Capital K, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, AG Tegelen, Netherland

2020   KOREA, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium

2019    After Primary Structure, Sueno339, Seoul, Korea.
2019    Salon Art+Design with JLohmann Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, N.Y., U.S.A
2019    "Mess" – Expressionism and Experimentation in Contemporary Ceramics, The Future Perfect, N.Y., U.S.A.

2019    Living Design Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea
2019    Open to Art, officinesaffi, Milano, Italy
2019    Take a new, Charm Learn Studio, Thailand

2018    Breaking the mold, Design Miami, with JLohmann Gallery,Miami Beach, U.S.A.

2018    Korean Connection, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, U.K.

2018    1000 Vases, Espace Commines, Paris, France

2018    Ceramics at Doddingtonhall, London, U.K.

2018    The Aesthetics od Repetition, The Craft on the Hill, Seoul, Korea

2018    Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.–YoungMasters


2017    Claytime, Side Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2017    Made in Korea, Slademore Gallery, London, U.K.

2017    Made in Korea, Ceramic House, Brighton, U.K.

2017    Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K. – YoungMasters

2017    Affordable Art Fair, London, U.K. – YoungMasters

2017    Korea Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul. Korea with SPgallery

2017    CrossOver, Milal Galley, Seoul, Korea​


2016    Cynthia Corbett Gallery summer show, Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery, London– YoungMasters

2016    Craft Trend Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea  with SPgallery

2016    Affordable Art Fair, DDP, Seoul, Korea with SPgallery

2016    Stunning Edge, NTCRI, Taiwan

2016    London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London– YoungMasters

2016     “A la Recherche du Sublime” alongside work by

             Ashraf Hanna and Nicholas Lees, Le don du Fel, France

2016     KOREA and JAPAN Ceramics, BeakPaSun Gallery, Kyushu, Japan 


2015     St.Art Fair, Strasbourg, France. With Galerie du Don.

2015     British Ceramics Biennale 'FRESH', Stoke on Trent, U.K.

2015     Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.
2015     Saint-Etetien Design Biennale

2015     Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015, Mall Gallery, London
2015     The Graduate Show 2015, Bevere Gallery,Worcester

2014     Craft fair “Made by Hands”, Cardiff City hall, Cardiff, Wales
2014     Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, U.K.
2014     Young Masters, Lloyds Club, London, U.K.
2014     MA Degree show, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales
2014     Unfolding, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, Wales
2014     New Designers, London, U.K.
2014     4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Ketchemet, Hungary 
2014     Museum Shop, National Museum, Cardiff

2012    Color, Ceramic Museum, Korea
2012    Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece 
2012    R.E.D, Arton gallery, Singapore
2012    Talente 2012, Munchen, Germany 

2011    Breathing object, Sein Gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2011    The 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition, Cheongju culture complex, Korea
2011    Life style Multishop_Season2 , Boutique Monaco Museum , Seoul, Korea 

2010    Open Studio, Iang Gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2010    The 1st Kwangju Craft Competition, KimDaeJung Convention Center, Kwangju, Korea 
2010    Mixup , Icheon World Ceramic EXPO Center, Korea 2010 3rd Ceramic trend competition. Icheon World Ceramic EXPO Center,Korea 

2009    A Thesis Exhibition 'Coexistence' Design Gallery, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea 
2009    White Porcelain Exhibition, Urigurut Ryu, Seoul, Korea 
2009    Australian Ceramics Triennale-YoungGuns, College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney Univ, Australia 
2009    Ceramic Embracing color, Icheon World Ceramic EXPO Center, Korea 
2009    The 5th CEBIKO Ceramic Space& Life , Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware Gallery. Korea 
2009    japan-Korea Exchange of Ceramics, Japan 
2009    The 24th Bukak Ceramics association Exihibition, Kyungin gallery. Seoul, Korea 
2009    Connecting Connection_ 0 , Space Zeeno, Seoul, Korea 

2008    The 1st Gwangju White Porcelain Competition, GYEONGGI Ceramic museum, Gyeonggi, Korea 
2008    Korea- Japan- China Contemporary Ceramics Exchange of New Generation,  Contemporary Ceramics Museum, Foshan, China 
2008    Connecting Connection_8 color . Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea 
2008    Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Korea GANGHWA Culture & Art Center, Gyeonggi, Korea 
2008    KwanAk Contemporary Art Competition, ANYANG Art Center, Gyeonggi, Korea
2008    The 2nd Ceramic Competition of University, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation. Gyeonggi, Korea 

2007    Korea contemporary ceramic exhibition, Marisan Gallery, Gyeonggi, Korea 

2006    Graduate Exhibition Dept.of Ceramics College of Design Kookmin Univ. Gana Art center, Seoul, Korea 



FourSeasons Hotel, Gwanghwamun, Seoul


Cheongju International Craft Competition 
Icheon World Ceramic EXPO Center 
GYEONGGI Ceramic museum
Yido Gallery




2019         Material Design Process - Elemental/Earth, Sandu

2019. 2.   Arena, Craftsmanship

2019. 1.  Ceramic art Monthly – Artists of the Year

2018         NewWaveClay by Tom Morris, Frame

2017. 2. 24.   TLMagazine-Jongjin Park: Porcelain paper

2016. 12. 5. Interior Design - 12 Makers to Know

2016. 6. 3.   SightUnseen- You’ll Never Guess What These Ceramics Are Made From by by Jill Singer

2016. 6. 20.  Core77- Beautiful Ceramics Made From...Paper Towels? by Carly Ayres

2016. 6. 22  Cfile Daily - Featured Potter | Jongjin Park’s Papery, Colorful Vessels Seek to Deceive by Bill Rodgers

2016. 5      De Kleine K Issue17 - Knowhow- Decoratietechnieken: Jongjin Park laat zien hoe hij een werk maakt.

2016. 3/4   Ceramic Review issue 278 - Young Makers

2015. 10. 9.  Wallpaper- Looking forward: the fourth British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent by Emma O’kelly

2012. 11    Ceramic art Monthly – Harin Lee & Jongjin Park Ceramic Exhibition review

2012. 9      Zin ( Japan Magazine) – Special interview Neo Korea ‘Korean Potter Jongjin Park’

2011. 10   Ceramic art Monthly – Breathing Object review

2011. 9     Ceramic art Monthly – CheongJu International Craft Competition

2011. 4     Ceramic art Monthly, Design Monthly, etc – 

                  Jongjin Park & Kiwook Lee ‘ Beyond the Time’

2009. 6     Ceramic art Monthly - Graduate Exhibition review

2008.10    Ceramic art Monthly - Connecting Connection review

2008. 9     Ceramic art Monthly - The 1st KwangJu White Porcelain Competition

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