Shin Won-dong is heavily inspired by the Joseon Dynasty moon jar’s unique sense of ‘simplicity’ that radiates from its elegant beauty. Shin follows traditional methods of manufacture and prefers curves to straight lines for his works.
"The moon jar is a Korean traditional ceramic product. I tried to embody something more essential than just its style and form. Korean craftsmen in the past never considered the temporary outcomes they needed to discard in the process of reaching perfection as failures. They had the mindset of seeing beauty from something imperfect. I defined this accepting mindset as Korea’s minimalist aesthetic called “Acceptance” and reconstructed old Korean sentiments in a modern way".
Portrait of Shin Won-dong. Image courtesy the artist and Icheon Ceramic.
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2021 Cheongju International Craft Competition Selected Artist
2012 Korea WorldSkills Competition Gold Medal
2022 Korea-Dal Hangari Exhibition for 30 People at Gyeonggi Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art
2020 1000 VASES PARIS 2020, GALLERY JOSEPH, Paris, France
2017 URNEN Invitational Exhibition, EKWC, Netherlands
2015 Graduated from Korea National University of Cultural Heritage with a Major in Traditional Arts and Crafts