Designer : Wonmin Park (Korea) & Craftsman : Wen-Yi Kung (Taiwan)
With his experimentation with new materials, Park maintains for A New Layer the same exploratory approach. Matching material investigation with architectonic and metaphysical qualities, Park attempts to attain the sublime. Pared-down and essential forms are fused with treated materials; his work is often the result of extensive research and experimentation. As both furniture application and sculpture, his works stand alone and speak for themselves. Inspired by the principals of minimalism, Park seeks to create pieces that capture the nuances of light, colour and depth. With the Clay Table, Park explores large scale ceramics with the craftsman, Wen-Yi Kung. He found a very unique quality to start experimenting with the large scale pottery which has good qualities in glazing and finishing. Clay matches with his own design language and Park likes to test and start communicating more closely with the craftsman in order to achieve high end result in line with what he has already done in metal through his recent Plain Cuts Collection for Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris-London-New York). The Clay Table can be both indoor and outdoor. It’s a new challenge for him to work with this new kind of material in a new wave that fascinates him.
- Contexts of ceramics
Yingge is an artistic town in Taiwan which is specialized in ceramics. Located in the Southwest of Taipei City, it belongs to the Taipei County. Considered as Taiwan’s ceramic landmark, Yingge’s flame is renowned for more than two centuries. Since 2000, the Yingge Ceramics Museum is promoting both traditional and contemporary ceramics from pottery to porcelain, highlighting the history and modernity of the local artists and factories. Yingge is also famous worldwide thanks to its Taiwan Ceramics Biennale founded in 2004.