Interest in the Moon Jar, amongst the contemporary art market, continues to grow. Originally made in 17th and 18th century Korea and evocative of a full moon and the circle of life, it has today achieved almost mythological status and has inspired many generations of ceramic artists. In honour of this iconic object, Taste Contemporary Craft is proud to present Moonstruck, an exhibition featuring the work of 3 ceramic artists who are inspired by, and renowned for, the moon jar. Previewing on June 8th, the exhibition runs from June 9th to 23rd at Rue Abraham Constantin 6, 1206 Geneva.
Dae-sup Kwon is internationally acclaimed for his dedication to the creation of this important object within Korean ceramic culture and is considered its latter-day master. Born in South Korea in 1952, he has devoted all of his artistic energies to the moon jar for almost 40 years, creating works that are rooted in tradition while retaining a timeless beauty. The complexity of creating these extraordinary works: the long firing time, high kiln heat and the importance of meeting his exacting standards, all conspire to make his pieces exceptionally difficult to produce. Typically, he is left with no more than 4 to 6 works a year.
Adam Buick studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wales before embarking on a Ceramics Design and Skills course in Ireland in 2004. He uses the moon jar form as a canvas to map observations from an on going study of his surroundings, incorporating stone and locally dug clay into his pieces to create a narrative that conveys a unique sense of place. The use of local materials is integral to his work, reflecting a personal relationship with landscape, the materials within it and his past experiences from where materials were collected.
Akiko Hirai originally studied cognitive psychology in Japan before moving to London in 1999. She then studied ceramics at the University of Westminster before transferring to, and subsequently graduating from, Central Saint Martins in 2003. Her work focuses on the interaction between object and viewer, allowing the viewer to interpret the language of the work in their own way. Akiko Hirai has received international acclaim for her unique organic forms, and in particular her deeply textured moon jars, which combine aspects of both Japanese and British studio pottery.