Staying at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis have you feeling like your inventive spark is snuffed out? Now's the time to ignite your inspiration: here's an excerpt from our bestselling title, Tom Morris' New Wave Clay, about the technique of artist Jongjin Park.
The delicate works by Korean artist Jongjin Park are made using undoubtedly one of ceramic’s least sophisticated materials: kitchen paper.
It is a technique that Park developed while studying at Cardiff University in the UK. Park paints each leaf of tissue in sloppy porcelain slip and then layers them up one by one to create one giant mass. It can take up to 1,000 paper towels to make one work. Some of the slips are coloured with pigment in order to create a rainbow grain through the piece. The clay is then fired, burning off the paper and leaving the millefeuilles pillows that he is known for. Parts of the paper towel that he does not add slip to simply burn away all together, leaving the wells in the middle of some of these containers.