HUH SANGWOOK

Théatre 
Maison&Objet Paris

2017



Huh Sangwook presents an ensemble of teaware to French public and ceramic lovers on the occasion of Maison & Objet Paris 2017.

Serene but energetic, the new edition of tea bowls, tea cups, tea canisters and teapots suggest a sublime moment of time for refreshment. The dreaming fishes, talking frogs and chattering birds lead us by hands onto the stage, to an amiable tea ceremony. 
Buncheong Dawan(Tea Bowl) with Guiyal(brushing) Design,
Buncheong Tea Canister, Buncheong Staccato Tray, 2017



Maison&Objet Paris 2017

September 8 - 12


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Frog Plates, 2017
∅170x40 mm


Oval Tray, 2017  
430x230x20 mm
Fish Tea Bowls, Bird and Flower Teapot, 2017∅170x40 mm, 135x85x85 mm 


Bird Teacups, 2017  
∅ 70x70 mm each
Teapot with Sgraffito Fish Design, 2017   
160x110x110 mm

Punju (Large Bowl) with Flower and Bird Design, 2017  
270x270x140 mm








STACCATO

2016-2017

In his solo exhibition held in 2016, Huh Sangwook launched a new series of Buncheong objects applying sgraffito patterns, STACCATO. While the sgraffito technique is usually applied when Huh creates a wide face or drawings on the surface of each object, the bakji pattern of this series of work, covering and vibrating the surface, represents staccato : both its visual form as result and the rythmn between scraping motion and touch on this fingertips as process, plus even the actual sound of engobe scraping movement. The series has been evolving into a dynamics of textures and colors through the artist’s intuitive rendering of surroundings.




STACCATO Wallplate, 2017





Installation view, KSD Gallery, Seoul, 2016


STACCATO Wall plates, 2016


STACCATO - Still Life, 2016
∅ 430x60 mm 

   
STACCATO - Flower, 2016   
∅ 430x60 mm






 Variations of STACCATO, 2017

STACCATO Wallplates, 2017



STACCATO Teaware (Water cooling vessels), 2016

STACCATO Cups, 2016

STACCATO Teaware, 2016


STACCATO Teapots, 2016






Beyond Stools

2015 - 2017 

They look like stools at first galance. You may indeed sit on these objects that radiate dynamic energy, but in a moment of time, you come to realise there being itself. In your small garden, in your comtemporary library or beside your bright bathtub, they are to be contemplated, touched and embraced, just like your adored pebbles in a mountain stream. 

These elegant objects are handbuilt by Huh himself, and are applied the fameuse bakji technique to infuse life into dreaming fishes, lotus pond and the rhythm of staccato.   






Detail of staccato graffito, STACCATO, 2016
Buncheong clay, white engobe, sgraffito and intaglio


Installation view from STACCATO, Huh’s solo exhibition at KSD Gallery, 2016
Buncheong clay, white engobe, sgraffito and intaglio



Variations, 2017



Huh applying engobe to the surface of buiscuit body, 2015


Installation view from THE PEONY GARDEN, Cheonggju International Craft Beinnale, 2015

Sabalcafé

Bowls for Coffee Ceremony
2014-2015


Sabalcafé forms a part of the interdisciplinary project series which brings together ceramics, food and culture, suggesting new cultural trends that enrich our contemporary lifestyles. This project focuses exclusively on designing a coffee ceremony, in which audience can experience the enjoyment of craftsmanship of two masters of ceramics and coffee.

Instead of a mug cup, this coffee ceremony suggests a sabal, which means a bowl in Korean language, as a vessel for serving hand-dripped coffee. One sabal of coffee is to be cupped in two hands, which let us feel the warmth and sedulous efforts of these two craftmen : Huh Sangwook, one of the most favored ceramic artist in Korea and Q, a coffee master who has been exploring all kinds of senses for coffee degustation. 

extraits from http://sabalcafe.tumblr.com

2014


Four Bowls for Sabalcafé, 2014  
(from left) Grooving Iron, Time Scape, Breezy Flow, Soil Flower


2014

2015 







2015


Subsequent to the first edition of Sabalcafé in 2014, the second edition was presented in December, 2015. Along with new version of four different bowls by Huh Sang-wook, this season presented two separate lines of product for the coffee ceremony.
The fourth bowl that exposes the artistic personality of Huh the most is accompanied by debossed pattern paper coasters. Dreaming fishes, one of the most frequent motifs in Huh's work, mostly applied with sgraffito technique(scrapping off the white slip overlay), have been patternized by Chuigraf. In order to express its original texture of sgraffito, Chuigraf applied deboss printing on paper in four different colors that represent the bowl's own materials.

2015 edition's invited artist Choi Kyungjoo has designed and produced four types of silkscreened fabric coasters exclusively for three bowls in the project. Reinterpreting the colors, shapes and the texture of these bowls as layers of formal elements, Choi designed three different patterns that would subsequently be transformed into more than thirty square patterns through random cutting. The energetic arrangement of colors which is one of the natures of Choi's work vivify the coffee ceremony. All this long human story, most passionate and tragic in the living, was but an unimportant, a seemingly barren and negligible effort, lasting only for a few moments in the life of the galaxy. The season also invited a photographer Hong Kiwoong who perfectionized communication materials of the project. Using accurate judgement on the colors and composition of each element of the project, Hong produced synthesized images of the coffee ceremony.


Photo by Hong Kiwoong

Bakji - Art of Sgraffito

2001-2017









Buncheong Vessel with Landscape Design, 2005








Buncheong Plate with Leaf Design, 2006









Buncheong Jar with Sgraffito Flower Deisign, 2007







Buncheong lidded box with Landscape Design, 2007







Buncheong Bowl with Sgraffito Peony Design, 2013
 Special Prize, International Competition, World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea








Buncheong Vessel with Landscape Design, 2005







Bottle with Sgraffito Peony Design, 2005







Brazier, 2007









Large Bowl with Sgraffito Peony Design, 2009











Facetted Vase with Lotus Design, 2009



Buncheong Jar with Sgraffito Peony Deisign, 2009

© HUHSANGWOOK