I started making ceramics when I was a student at the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland Oregon. Back then, much of my student work was exploring functional wares. Much later, after slowly acquiring all the very expensive equipment needed for ceramics, I continued to use the pottery wheel to explore form and surface decoration themes.
I later studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. There I learned slipcasting and mold-making techniques and employ their use in my practice.
In 2019, I started selling ceramics at shows and really started working hard as a production ceramic artist. In doing so, my work really grew and is what it is today. Though, much of the work has focused on functional pieces, I've always approached glazing as an abstract painter approaches a canvas. Much of the decorative aspects of my ceramics reflects how I paint in other media such as oil and acrylic. Though I am continued to be intrigued by figurative content, I am excited by the gestalt process of expressive abstract forms on surfaces.
After exploring some of the Korean ceramic traditions, I discovered and fell in love with Buncheong wares and moon jars, which I'm exploring as larger pieces. I look forward to connecting with you.
Ki Charm John Kim