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Korean couple take out top award in 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards

Te Uru is pleased to announce Henderson duo Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee as the Premier Award Winners in the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards, for their piece, In the Beautiful Dream. Another Korean artist, Jinho Jeong of Manukau, was awarded an Honourable Mention for his work, Blood Moon.

The winning work was initially built and altered on a potter’s wheel, with free-hand carved details on the surface and inlaid colour. Shim and Lee describe their work as a scene from the perspective of “A beautiful woman who goes into the world with a throbbing heart. “In her dream, the world looks like a flower garden, which is full of excitement with dazzling blossoms. Fully-leaved green trees sway in the night.”

Jeong’s work is based on the form of a Korean moon jar, traditionally made as a white porcelain pot, and popular in the mid-17th to 18th century. “The beauty of imperfection is the main feature of the moon jar,” says Jeong.

The 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards winners and finalist works will be on display at Te Uru in Titirangi from 9 November 2018 – 10 February 2019.

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