British Ceramics Biennial
Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent
4.5m x 1.8m

Pavilion is an installation created for Made in Korea, a UK-Korea ceramics and sound project curated by Kay Aplin and sound artist Joseph Young that evolved throughout 2017 in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

Reflecting on Kay’s experiences in Korea, the work takes itsinspiration from roof tiles that feature on traditional Korean architecture, which form a functional and aesthetic purpose edging the roofs of pavilions. In Kay’s public art practice, she aims to combine functionality with aestheticism in designing her tile-based work, therefore this ancient aspect of Korean heritage fascinates her.

Kay has described the pavilion form and architectural components with relief ceramic tiles. The circular and crescent-shaped tiles represent true roof tiles, and further details are inspired by the ornate wooden decoration. The tiles are made in glazed porcelain with details highlighted in oxides; the glaze palette reflects a colour scheme sacred to Korean culture.

Pavilion was originally exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial 2017, in parallel with Shadow Workers, a Wedgwood-inspired installation created by Jin Kim and Kyung Won Baek, artists-in-residence at The Ceramic House for Made in Korea. Taken together, the installations evoke a cultural conversation between UK and Korean ceramic traditions and are further linked by Handmade/Automation, a four-channel sound installation by Joseph Young, featuring field recordings from artists’ studios in Korea and ceramic production lines in Stoke-on-Trent.

A condensed touring version, Pavilion (Deconstructed), was subsequently exhibited at Mullae Arts Factory in Seoul.

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