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4/7/2015 | Weekly Highlight: KIM Hono


KIM Hono


          How can we tell the difference between Japanese and Korean ceramics? What is it in Korean ceramics that is absent from Japanese wares? Aloofness, sternness, a certain folk quality...it would take more space than we have there to get to the bottom of it, but pay close attention to the beautiful Korean Moon jars next time you visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, take a second look at the robust collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or browse contemporary pieces at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and you might begin to get a feel for the distinctions between these two great ceramic cultures.  


With roots in both Korea and Japan, Korea born artist Kim Hono faces some difficulties in Japan due to a history of discrimination against people of Korean descent in Japanese culture. Still he can not travel outside of Japan.  When Kim graduated from high school, everyone including his teachers insisted that he must choose one of the few jobs deemed acceptable for Korean-Japanese people: construction worker, Pachinko shop owner, plumber,  or taxi driver, etc. But Kim knew that he wanted to be a potter. Though others sneered at this idea, he remained firm in his desire to create and to express himself through working in clay. 


KIM Hono 金憲鎬 (1958-)

(From Top)

Dog 犬

H22cm x L30cm x W14.3cm, H8.5" x L11.8" x W5.5"


Tea Bowl 鉄絵茶碗, 2014

H9.6cm x D12cm x W13.8cm, H3.7" D4.7" x W5.4"

With signed wood box


Tea Bowl 鉄絵茶碗, 2014 (Red)

H9.2cm x D11.5cm x W13.6cm, H3.5" x D4.5" x W5.3"

With signed wood box

C.S. Jiang