* Date : 2014-01-14
Where do you serve food? Depending on the tableware you use, even the simplest food can appear as though it is a grand feast. Yi Yoon-shin is one of Korea's first-generation contemporary ceramists, who has been making everyday ceramic ware to add elegance to the table for the past 20 years.
After acquiring her bachelor's and master's degrees at Hongik University College of Fine Arts, she studied ceramics at the Kyoto City University of Arts. When she initially began specializing in this field, she shared the common view that ceramics as artwork to be appreciated without much usefulness in everyday life, but as she delved into this field, she realized the need to incorporate the modern trends to create practical ceramic ware. This decision was based on a sudden realization that in Korea, known for its Goryeo celadon and Joseon white porcelain, ceramists have been focusing solely on preserving the traditions despite having an excellent infrastructure for the ceramics industry to develop even further. She has contributed to the development of the Korean ceramics industry by presenting ceramics in traditional style for daily use. She also gained recognition on the global stage and was even featured on the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Yi Yoon-shin demonstrated her artistic sense even when she was young. As an only child, she spent most of her time, drawing, acting and appreciating music by herself. She even learned musical instruments and practiced singing to get into music, but after several failed attempts, she finally found her calling in the field of art.
Tune into The INNERview for a special interview with Yi Yoon-shin, who has dedicated her life to promoting everyday ceramic ware at home and abroad, and learn about her tumultuous life and get a glimpse into a ceramics workshop, where clay is turned into elegant tableware.