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November Art Display – Seowoon Oh: A Life In Clay

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November Art Display – Seowoon Oh: A Life In Clay

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This November, the Livingston Public Library’s exhibit case is featuring the stunning ceramic works of local artist Seowoon Oh.

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Artist’s Statement

I am delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit my ceramic works at the Livingston Public Library. 

I used to create abstract ceramic sculptures and now I enjoy working with more functional ceramics. Drawing from my Korean heritage and education, I am on a long journey of experimentation, deeply influenced by traditional Korean slipwork techniques, particularly the Sangam technique and Bucheong ceramics. 

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These functional pieces are a reflection of the multiple cultural influences, melding traditions of the past with contemporary art. They also draw inspiration from the earth’s textures and the natural world, including the creatures of nature like birds, leaves, trees, and flowers that I encounter in my daily life. 

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In addition to these functional pieces, I have also brought along a selection of my abstract sculptures, made prior to my functional era. Furthermore, I am excited to present my most recent works, the transformation of clay scraps from trimming pots into funky teapots, mugs, and figures. 

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About the Artist

Seowoon Oh’s journey began in South Korea, where she was born and raised. With a deep passion for ceramics, she pursued her educational dreams, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Ceramic Art in Seoul, Korea. 

In the early stages of her career, she immersed herself in the world of ceramic art in her homeland, working as a full-time ceramic artist. During this time, she created captivating abstract ceramic sculptures and showcased her work in numerous exhibitions, and she shared her expertise through teaching in her studio and colleges. 

Seeking a new horizon and artistic inspiration, she made a life-altering decision to journey to the United Kingdom. In the UK, she undertook further academic pursuit and obtained a second Master’s degree in Ceramic Art from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. This international experience broadened her artistic perspective and allowed her to engage with a diverse range of influences.

As her life took her to various places in Canada and the United States due to her family circumstances, she adapted her craft to create functional ceramics. 

Now residing in Livingston, New Jersey, she has found her own corner of the world where she fully embraces her passion for ceramics. Livingston is not just a place she calls home, it’s where she finds inspiration in the everyday moments of life.

Seowoon’s beautiful ceramic pieces can be viewed during Library hours in November.

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