I am a Potter and Cabinet Maker, my wife Hyesuk Kim is a Textile and Paper Artist. We both reside in Campbell’s Bay, Québec, in the Municipal Regional County of Pontiac.
I divide my time between working with wood and clay in my one man garage shop or my basement studio. After being hooked on the potter’s wheel while studying fine arts in college in 1996 I went on to study the craft of ceramics all the while working in various cabinet making shops in Montreal. I obtained a vocational degree from Montreal’s Centre de Céramique Bonsecours in 1998 as well as a College technical training in cabinetry and architectural millwork from l’École Québécoise du Meuble et du Bois Ouvré in 2003. I create utilitarian and decorative ceramics as well as furniture crafted from local and exotic woods. My pottery is fired in oxidation to 1285 Celsius and is food, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. I work in both high fire porcelain and stoneware and use glazes and techniques inspired from the north Asian masters.
Hyesuk completed a bachelor of textile design at Ulsan University were she also delved heart and soul into (Hanji) craft.
Hanji is traditional Korean paper craft were colorful mulberry paper is cut and stenciled to cover small furniture made of paper hardboard that she also makes. The delicate and intricate designs of Hyesuk are inspired by her South Korean culture. Scenes of fish, deer, lotus flowers and natural elements are blended into colorful patterns and applied to the hardboard furniture, trays and boxes. The pieces are fully functional and meant to be used and admired.
Her textile art is also just as colorful and vibrant. Korean traditional patch working (Pojagi) is reminiscent of stained glass and meant to filter light and inspire a sense of peace and calm. Its origins come from a waste not want not ideal, necessary in times of hardship. The patchworks can be hung on a wall, used as table runners, hung in a window or used to wrap a gift of porcelain or a valuable which was the original purpose of Pojagi. The delicate stitching’s are done by hand and sometimes hundreds of pieces make up the entirety of the patchwork. The administrative patience of her art is evident in all the works, each piece is a labor of love. The mastery of her weaving is also impressive in the size and scope of her work sometimes taking several months to a year to complete a single piece.