Designer: Hyu-jin Jo
This is all about texture.
Hyu-jin Jo works from a base of simple shapes (my favourite!) and layers the texture on by carving away from the surface of the ceramics. She is currently exhibiting in ‘MADE FRESH’ until April 25th at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield, England.
In an interview with Made North she divulges that she is most proud of the blue and black earthenware pieces because she created the colours in the clay and slipwork herself, which is admirable. But to me, the way light passes through the bone china bowls, at the places where she has carved the surface away, pushes their aesthetic above and beyond the heavier blue/black pieces. They actually glow… So pretty.
Hyu-jin Jo’s work is influenced by ancient Korean ceramics and technology. The proportions are really well balanced, especially this teapot with a looped handle and a happy little spout. Christ, I think she is still at Uni too… *Wails: What talent is there left over for rest of us?!*
Made North itself was a bit of a brainwave, “a platform for northern designer/makers [that] showcases and promotes work via contemporary gallery space in the heart of Sheffield and online [at] www.madenorthstore.co.uk.” Looks good to me : )