Thursday, 29 March 2012

Sun Ae Kim Interview

Check out this interview with gallery artist Sun Ae Kim featured on Arts THREAD this week... 

Tell us about your background and inspiration?

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and completed my B.F.A there and moved to London in order to do an MA at the Royal College of Art. Now I live in London – since 2008. I am interested in European ceramics, especially English satirical ceramics from the 18th century and the 19th century. Figurines that were made for striking up a conversation on a table inspire me, along with the historical background of that time.

Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner, Sun Ae Kim

Talk us through the pieces on your ARTS THREAD portfolio:

Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner: I find the subject of ‘courtship’ intriguing, curiously so, the behaviour and attitude/actions of today’s society to intimate relationships, also the study of how couples meet and why they seem to break up so easily these days. My images reflect upon marriage today, presenting Queen Eve, an ordinary lady living in London, and her personal life, then presenting her story on the plates and the centrepieces on the dinner table. The idea is that people can get involved in puzzling out the story or create a sequence during their meal.
Teatotalism: Inspired by the Staffordshire figure group called ‘Teetotal and ale bench’ in the 19th century I made a series of 21st century versions. The story shows how a couple is destroyed due to binge drinking.

Teatotalism, Sun Ae Kim

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future?

I am mainly working on developing ideas and research into the drinking culture in England at the moment. I am also researching and investigating into ‘A Contemporary, Visual Interpretation of Social Issues Through Ceramics Practice Informed by Early Nineteenth Century English Precedents’.
My future plan is to be a professional artist, established in UK market. I would like to be involved in teaching as well.

If someone wants to work with you on a project, how should they get in touch with you and with what sort of projects?

I am open to collaborations with other artists and designers. I am mainly doing ceramics, however I enjoy pushing the boundaries towards other genres. The best way to contact with me is via e-mail. Any interesting projects are welcome, whether it is contemporary, history-related, fashion or fine art.

Saturday, 17 March 2012


New In - Sun Ae Kim

New in the shop this week.  Ceramics by Sun Ae Kim, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art.

I met Sun Ae at a gallery in London, whilst on a course.  You may remember me writing about it - Debut Contemporary?  Anyway, we have Sun Ae's beautiful bone china mugs adorned with delicate pencil drawings of an 19th Century Tea Strainer... Only £15!


"Snow White" and "Black Queen" are delicate porcelain flower brooches, rings and earrings, a perfect gift for yourself for spring!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

New Press

Some good news!
I've received a little bit of press over the last couple of days! woo!  Firstly, I have been feautured as the 'centrefold artist' in The Plectrum - The Cultural Mix.  Pop into the gallery to buy a copy OR click here for the online shop.  The middle folds out and you can get a poster of my illustrations!
Secondly, Level 4 a local magazine to do with the arts etc in Southend has written an artists profile on me! yay!
 And Thirdly, again in Level 4 Magazine, there is is alittle write up about the gallery!
Getting famous!

Friday, 9 March 2012


My first ever vessel was sent by post this week!

Do you think the postman will know to handle it with care!?...