The ceramics of Chang Keun Young.

The ceramics of Chang Keun Young.

Spring arrives on Jeju with the gentle breeze and the weather starts to turn mild, warm and sunny. The colors of spring are everywhere. The island has a turquoise sea, light green grass, golden pampas grass, the snow-covered peak of Mt. Halla, dark black stone walls, reddish-brown Jeju scoria, pink camellias and yellow rapeseed flowers.

Chang Keun Young

Chang Keun Young

“I always see rich colours in Jeju ponies (Jejuma in Korean),” said Chang Keun Young, a ceramist who studied at the National Academy of Art in Bulgaria and who has featured horses in her work for years.

Indeed, she is very familiar with horses. Her father is Jang Deok Jee, the head of the Jeju Pony Research Center. When she was a child, her grandfather rode a horse well.

A fourth exhibition of Chang’s work is on at the Gallery Nori until next month. According to Chang, work in ceramics is quite labor intensive and can be a troublesome process which takes many steps and much time. This is exacerbated by the fact that Chang’s studio is a long distance from home. However, making clay horses is a part of Chang’s daily life and she admits to loving the sculpting of ceramic crafts. This exhibition presents a unique look at ponies, a view of spring on beautiful Jeju and a glimpse of the slow, artistic life.

Time/date: Until April 3.
Location: Gallery Nori, 115-72 Wollim-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju City. 064-772-1600


Chang Keun Young — Biography
Born in 1978 in Namwon, Jeju Island.

B.F.A. in ceramics, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.
M.F.A. in ceramics, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Many Ponies (Yeon Gallery, Jeju)
2010 Chang Keun Young Second Exhibition
(Yeon Gallery, Lee Jung-Seop Creative Studio, Jeju)
2009 Ponies Made From Clay (Yeon Gallery, Jeju)

Group Exhibitions
2012 Babble Babble Animal Friends (Jeju Museum of Art)
Seoul Fairy Tale Festival (Children’s Grand Park, Seoul)
Hores (Gallery Nori, Jeju)
2010 ASIAAF (Sung-Sin Women’s University, Seoul)
Hores (Gallery Nori, Jeju)
Young Korean Artists (Gallery Jireh, Heyri, Paju)
2006~2012 Jeju Association of Potters: Regular Exhibition (Jeju)
2004 Koh (Hores) (National Academy of Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria)

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