Highly commended for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize Jongjin Park tell us about his debut at COLLECT…

Can you tell us about the work you are making for COLLECT?

COLLECT is the best and most famous craft fair in the world.  When I came to the UK for the first time in 2013, Saatchi Gallery was a must go place for me.  And now, I am making work for COLLECT which exhibits at the Saatchi Gallery!  My focus for COLLECT is to do my best in this unbelievable situation.  I am able to develop my ideas in comfortable surroundings in Korea.  The ideas which were born in the UK meet Korean environment and emotion.

What is the main inspiration for the work?

‘Artistic Stratum’ will be shown mainly in this fair.  It is series made for Young Masters – working with a technique which is hand-craft version of 3D printing.  The main focus is color variation.  Color-field Abstract moves on my paper-like ceramics vessels.  I mainly use cobalt, iron and black stain for basic color and regulate percentage of them to make subtle differences.  I found a way of refining inner space easily.  You can enjoy with space, texture and color.

Have you shown at COLLECT before?

First time as an artist.
One time as a guest
Thousands of times in my imagination.

What is it about showing at COLLECT this year that most excites you?

I am really excited to show my works at COLLECT because there will be many famous galleries, collectors, guests and artists.  I always imagine that people look at my works and they feel happy finally taking it home.

What other projects are you working on?

I plan for first solo exhibition at KCDF (Korean Craft and Design Foundation) Gallery in September 2015.  Also I will write a small thesis in my PhD. Research at Kookmin University.  Writing about my thinking is very helpful to go further in my artistic activity.

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is showing a curated selection of new ceramic works by artists who featured in the inaugural 2014 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, including overall winner Matt Smith, highly commended artists Jongjin Park and Zemer Peled, shortlisted artists Jo Taylor, Kevin Callaghan and Christabel Birbeck, and Guest Artist Chris Antemann.

COLLECT is the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, featuring 35 International Galleries showing world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft.  The Fair takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 8 – 11 May.