Jongjin Park

Born: 1982
Place of Birth: Seoul, South Korea

Jongjin Park received his MA in Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Ceramics at Kookmin University, Seoul. 

Jongjin Park’s pieces are made using a technique Park stumbled upon while researching his Master’s thesis at Cardiff University. By painting clay slip onto pieces of paper towel, layering them, applying pigment and then firing them at 1280 degrees, Park creates a masslike trompe l’oeil. The resulting objects not only mimic the appearance of wood, they’re also strong enough to withstand typical woodworking tools, like an electric sander or a Dremel, which allows Park to create the container-like pieces. In some of the work, Park binds as many as 1,000 sheets together that can take up to three days to create. The integration of paper in his work allows the ceramic to imitate another material. 

Public Collections include:

Four Seasons Hotel, Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea; Icheon World Ceramic EXPO Center, Korea; Gyeonggi Ceramic museum, Gwangju, Korea