Made in Korea, 2017

Made in Korea is a cultural dialogue between ceramics and sound art that took place in the UK and South Korea throughout 2017. Involving 20 artists from Korea, 5 from the UK, and encompassing 4 exhibitions, 4 concerts, an international residency, and the launch of a unique audio guide, the project evolved over the course of a year in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

The phrase ‘Made in Korea’ is often synonymous with the mass production of ephemeral objects. Korean ceramic tradition stretches back several millennia, and the artists featured throughout this project reinterpret and rework this historic legacy. The displayed works combine contemporary references and highly individualised techniques, placing this impressive heritage within the world of globalised culture.

The project was in planning for two years, and is Kay Aplin’s most ambitious Ceramic House project to date. Following an Arts Council funded research trip to Korea in 2016, Aplin curated an exhibition of Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House in May, as part of Artists Open Houses at the Brighton Festival, which transferred to leading Mayfair gallery, Sladmore Contemporary in July, a validation of a seven-year journey curating shows at The Ceramic House, and an exciting new step for developing projects outside of the domestic arena.

Made in Korea. A short documentary film about the cross-cultural, multi-faceted project that took place in the UK and Korea throughout 2017. This project further investigates the links between ceramic and sound art practice initiated in collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young for the Landscape : Islands project in 2016. Tela Films

Exhibiting ceramic artists

The fifteen Korean ceramic artists selected represent some of the most exciting practitioners working in the ceramic medium today, who are based in South Korea, France, Germany, USA and UK. Click on a name to reach each artist’s page.

Kyung Won Baek   Myung Nam An  Jin Eui Kim  Jong Jin Park  Sun Kim   Jae Jun Lee   Sang Woo Kim   Wook Jae Maeng   Jung Eun Han   Veronica Juyoun Byun   Eui Jeong Yoo   Chun Bok Lee   Min Soo Lee  Hye Mi Lee   Bo Kyung Kim   Kay Aplin

Jung Eun Han The Toy For Adults


A Lion, Wook Jae Maeng










Exhibition photographs here.

Made in Korea Residency 

Jin Kim & Kyung Won Baek working in the studio

Read about the residency here.

Residency artists Kyung Won Baek   Jin Kim

Two Korean ceramists, Kyung Won Baek and Jin Kim, undertook a residency at The Ceramic House throughout May and June. Their collaborative work, Shadow Workers, responded to the ceramic heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, with which they drew parallels with Korean manufacturing industry. Kay Aplin made a new piece inspired by traditional Korean architectural ceramics, Pavilion.


British Ceramics Biennial

The two installations were presented together at British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), evoking a cultural conversation between UK and Korean ceramic traditions, further linked by a four-channel sound installation by Joseph Young, composed of sounds recorded in artists’ studios in Korea and industrial production in Stoke on Trent.

British Ceramics Biennial description and exhibition photographs here.

Pavilion, Kay Aplin and Shadow Workers, Jin Kim & Kyung Won Baek, Made in Korea, BCB 2017 photo Joel Chester Fildes

Shadow Workers, Jin Kim & Kyung Won Baek












Three UK-based and three Seoul-based sound artists engaged in a sonic dialogue curated by Joseph Young on a GPS-triggered audio guide featuring compositions that use the ceramic making processes as its source sounds, with the sounds discoverable at iconic locations in Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul. It launched at BCB in September, offering visitors a unique 3D audio experience of Stoke and its historic manufacturing legacy. Download the app available on IOS and Android and search for Celadonaphonic. The sounds can be downloaded and listened to offline.

Lead sound artists Joseph Young  Hankil Ryu

Mullae Art Factory, Seoul

Joseph Young performing at Mullae International Sound Art Festival

Pavilion (Deconstructed), Kay Aplin











Read more about Mullae Art Factory here.

In partnership with Seoul-based sound artist and curator Hankil Ryu, Celadonaphonic (Seoul) was launched in Seoul in November with a concert at Mullae Art Factory, as part of Resonance Festival, where three of the sound artists featured on the app performed their compositions live: Joseph Young, Hankil Ryu and Sehee Choi, accompanied by an new version of exhibition of Kay Aplin’s Korean-inspired ceramics, Pavilion (Deconstructed). The documentary film by Tela Films about the Made in Korea project was premiered at the opening concert.

Made in Korea Blog

Kay has been blogging about the project since her initial research trip to Korea in October 2016. Follow the blog here:

Eui Jeong Yoo







Made in Korea Dates

The Ceramic House May 2017

London Craft Week showcases a preview at Sladmore Contemporary of selected artists, 3rd-7th May

Sladmore Contemporary 12th – 28th July

British Ceramics Biennial 22nd Sept – 5th November

Mullae Art Factory, Seoul 4th – 12th November

Made in Korea at The Ceramic House. An excerpt from the film Made in Korea focusing on the exhibition of contemporary Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House, May 2017. Tela Films

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