The ‘in common ownership’ designs for the products have been developed over the past year and combine ideas and skills drawn from an UK-Korea exchange co-ordinated by Grizedale Arts and Wysing Arts Centre. Master potter Gyung-kyun Shin, black bamboo master Seonhui Choe, and chef Gae-hwa Lim, developed initial designs with UK designer/maker Tom Philipson and Grizedale Arts. These designs will be further evolved into a ‘family’ of products at Wysing by Korean designer Jungyou Choi, potter, Hyunmin Shin, and curator Jina Lee, during a residency at Wysing in June and July.
The designs will make up a family of products for domestic use. Nests of bowls and bento boxes, chop sticks and spoons and many other fusions have been developed to be made with the simplest of means and homemade tools.
Potter, Hyunmin Shin, will be in-residence at Wysing refining the products and preparing Wysing’s onsite Anagama kiln for a spectacular 48-hour firing in early July. Wysing’s wood-fired Anagama kiln was built in 1998 by Japanese potter Izumihara Masanobu to a traditional Bizen, tear-drop shaped, design.