Young Sook Park has devoted her life to the art and craft of white porcelain ceramics representative of those made in the royal kilns of the Joseon Dynasty. In 2001, she began her Moon Jar journey. Joseon Dynasty Moon Jars represent the national spirit of the Korean people, and Young Sook Park is widely acclaimed to be the best contemporary artist to resurrect this artform to its original glory.
White porcelain clay proves to be an extremely difficult medium to work in, particularly when producing large scale pieces, due in large part to its viscosity. The process of fabricating a Moon Jar requires melding two bowls at their largest circumference. Fusing together two seemingly similar forms is an extremely difficult task. Even if success occurs, erasing all traces of the seam is impossible. This painstaking process requires a great deal of patience. Even when done perfectly, only one out of ten jars will survive the high temperatures of the kiln necessary for it to harden with proper form. When Young Sook Park began her efforts to create a Moon Jar, it took five arduous years making and breaking countless pieces. Every year that has passed since achieving her first successful Moon Jars, Young Sook Park has continued to push the limits and boundaries of her craft, creating Moon Jars that are larger and more luminescent through the perfection of techniques and glazes.
Young Sook Park’s dedication to every detail of production, from seeking out the finest materials, to achieving the impossible in terms of innovative forms, astonishing firing temperatures and unsurpassed glazing- creates a sensory experience of studied perfection.