Joo Young (Grace) Han is one of those extremely talented young women, a rising star in Canadian ceramics. Raised in South Korea, Han graduated with her BFA from Dankook University where she studied traditional Korean ceramics. There she watched the master potter, Joon Hoon Park, while making hundreds of Korean tea bowls, sambal, a day. For seven years, Han worked to perfect her ceramic skills including the making of the large jars for fermented vegetables, the Onngi. In 2011, Han moved to the Canadian prairies. The image above is a still from an upcoming CBC special on Han. In 2016, Han graduated with an MFA from the School of Art, University of Manitoba. There, for two years, she worked tirelessly in her studio asking herself many, many questions. Am I Korean? Am I Canadian? Where is my voice? Her thesis exhibition focused on those binaries as does the photo above.
The Manitoba Arts Council recognized Han’s artistic excellence by awarding her their major grant of $30,000 this past week. It is rare for a ceramic artist to achieve such recognition so early in their career. MAC not the only one, however! Han will be part of the Banff’s Centre’s Clay Revival Residency from June 3-July 7 and she will also have a solo exhibition at Medalta. Well done, Grace.
For a more detailed discussion of Han’s struggle with her identity and the male world of Korean ceramics, see my article in the current issue of New Ceramics, ‘Joo Young Han. One Path, Two Identities, pp 13-15 (2/18).
The work of a very talented student in a first year course. Enjoy her efforts:
The enthusiasm over the building of our new ‘sweet’ kiln that one person can fire or a group, with wood effects or full-blown ash, has spread from the West coast of Canada to Denmark! There are now only three places left in the workshop. If you or anyone you know is interested, do not wait. The workshop goes from June 21-30 and that includes a firing and the cooling of the kiln. Lots of hard work and great rewards and an opportunity to learn from Markus Boehm. So happy to have him on board. The cost is $325. Does not include accommodation or meals or travel to Winnipeg. Will include a few smaller pieces fired in the kiln. They must be cone 10 clay and arrive bisque. No glaze. We supply the glaze.
If you have questions, get in touch with me – but, this is first come so don’t hesitate. Write to me at: email@example.com
The School of Art at the University of Manitoba is hosting a Bourry box kiln building workshop with Markus Boehm from June 21-30. It will be a one cubic metre kiln and participants are asked to bring pieces for the firing. The fee is $325. Spaces are limited and are on a first come basis. Please e-mail me of your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Markus Boehm lives in Alt Gaarz, Germany where he has his studio and a sales shop and gallery. In 1989 he passed the rigorous state examinations of the GDR to receive his master potters certification. Boehm was the driving force behind the First European Wood Fire Conference in Brollin, Germany in 2010, an event that was so successful it spread to Denmark for 2014 and to France for August 2018.
For all of you who regularly attend the Ceramics Club spring sale and those of you who haven’t (you really should), they will be having their spring sale in the University of Manitoba Student Union on April 5-6. Hours are normally 9:30-4. If I hear different, I will let you know.
The featured image for today’s blog is one of those students, Bobby Young, and his Japanese breakfast set assignment. He is a young man to keep your eyes on!
The date for the Bourry Box kiln (with an extended throat for anagama effects) workshop will take place at the School of Art, University of Manitoba from June 21-30th. The days will be packed solid, from morning to night. You will learn everything you need to know about building a wood-fuelled kiln and more. There will also be an opportunity for you to fire some of your work in our kiln (small pieces and number TBD). The fee for the workshop is still TBD but I should know next week and how you can pay. Space is limited to ten individuals!
Noor Bhangu has curated a final exhibition as part of her internship at the School of Art Gallery. The title womenofcolour@soagallery is a direct reflection of the representation of women artists in the School’s collection, only 5.6%, and the lack entirely of art by women of colour. Bhangu’s response has been to put out an Open Call for artwork submissions. All QTBIPOC women artists are invited to submit work. All work submitted until the final date, April 13, will be accepted and included in the exhibition. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY!
How to apply: Email Noor Bhangu at SoAG.ProgramAssistant@umanitoba.ca with an expression of interest, including an image of your work if available, your name, the title, the year, the medium and the dimensions. Drop off of work begins at the School of Art Gallery between 10-4 from Monday to Friday starting February 26 (already passed) and April 13. You must contact Noor regarding drop off times. Arrangements can be made for some work to be picked up on Monday, April 19.
There will be a panel discussion, TBA on March 22 and a closing reception on April 12 TBA. Stay tuned. I will post that information.
I know many of you in the Winnipeg community and I knew those reading this know others – please spread the word!