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$ 3,500

Pit-fired Biomorphic Stoneware Vessel by Ceramicist Young Mi Kim

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, New York
Period 2000-2019
Materials Stoneware
W. 10.75 in; H. 8.5 in; D. 10.25 in;
W. 27.31 cm; H. 21.59 cm; D. 26.04 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 2019
Description Young Mi Kim is a Korean ceramicist who works and teaches in Woodstock, New York. Young Mi’s pieces are painstakingly hand built. She layers strands of clay in a coil, slowly and carefully working upward as she discovers the shape. She writes, “In essence, each layer marks time and space. When I hand build my pots, it is a form of meditation. It is my attempt to live in grace: like an open vessel, empty and yet full.” Young Mi is also a gardener, and her time in nature clearly influences her work. Her sculptures often resemble flowers, seed pods, fungi and other organic forms.

This smaller work has a wonderfully mottled surface because of the painstaking process of pitfiring. There is a patina to it similar to the algae one finds on vessels exposed to water or humidity for a long time. It could be a large barnacle, or a coral flower. Young Mi’s undulating vessels are a leap of faith: after the hours it takes for her to built their delicate shapes, she never knows if they will survive their time in the kiln. Each unique work represents a single success after much trial and error.
Styles / Movements Contemporary, Modern
200 Lex Booth Number 25
Incollect Reference Number 332466
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