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Meticulously carved with intricate designs that borrow from nature and incorporate the human touch. Much of the carving on my work is informed by the pattern languages found in indigenous fiber art, such as Hawaiian tapa, Incan cordage and Zulu basketry.
An ancient and painstaking process, Anagama woodfiring is a technique in which glaze texture, color and suface are gradually built up on pottery surfaces as kiln-deposited wood ash and flame path interact with the clay.
For most of 2008 I had the honor of studying traditional pottery making techniques at Ohbuja Onggi in Ipo-ri, Gyeong-Gi Do, a 7th generation Onggi studio operated by the Kim family and lead by Kim Il-Maan, a Korean National Cultural Treasure. The Kim family are among the last Onggi potters to create their wares with very little help from modern machinery, During my 10 month apprenticeship I learned all steps of the tradition, from processing raw clay by hand to final delivery of wares to collectors.