Exhibition9 May 2023, 10:00 - 18:00
10 May 2023, 10:00 - 16:00
11 May 2023 - 13 May 2023, 10:00 - 18:00
14 May 2023, 10:00 - 16:00
Arc Gallery, 4 Cromwell Place
Moon Jar: The Untold Story
A pot that became an icon in ceramic history, the Moon Jar’s powerful identity has for many years overshadowed the individuality of modern Korean potters. This exhibition focuses on contemporary artists who are making and un-making the Moon Jar to find a sense of ‘self’ within its long tradition.
The Moon Jar is a pot that became an icon in contemporary ceramic history and is celebrated in both the UK and Korea. The traditional form, echoing the shape of a floating full moon, dates back to the 18th century in Korea. This exhibition explores interpretations of the form by six Korean makers working today.
For many years, the Moon Jar’s powerful identity and place within Korean ceramic tradition has overshadowed the individuality of modern potters. This exhibition focuses on modernist potters and contemporary artists who are making and un-making the Moon Jar form. These artists are challenging expectations and finding a sense of ‘self’ within the Moon Jar’s rich heritage. Modern masters Rhee Soo-jong and Lee Gee-jo are shown alongside Yun Ju-cheol and Park Sung-wook. The exhibition also introduces two young female artists, Choi Bo-ram and Kwak Hye-young.
Deconstructing the traditional Moon Jar, the pure white pots have been embellished with gold, colour has been introduced and the curvaceous form has been abandoned. Some interpretations have involved subtler changes while other modern masters have gone full circle, returning to the traditional form while still finding a way to express their individuality and artistic ‘self’.