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Inhwa Lee graduated from Seoul National University in 2011, where she completed her MA dissertation on the translucency of white porcelain. This idea corresponds with her in depth study at the at the Yanggu White Porcelain Research Center where she currently attends as a senior researcher from 2015. Yanggu has a rich history on Korean ceramics as the region was a major source of white clay for Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). She aims to preserve and pass down the cultural values of Yanggu region. Inhwa’s continual work as a creative artist as well as an avid researcher has been widely recognized. In 2018, she was nominated as a person of merit who highly contributed to the development of culture and arts, which led her to be awarded, ‘Young Artist of the Year’ by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. Many of her works have been acquired world-widely by the prestigious institutions, including the Curia Romana in Vatican, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Oriental Museum of Durham University in Durham, the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Japan, the Changdeok Palace in Seoul, the Amore Pacific Museum in Seoul, and the Yanggu Porcelain Museum in Gangwondo.
Deokho Kim studied ceramic by holding bachelor’s and master’s degree at Seoul National University. After he worked as a senior researcher at Yanggu Ceramic Research Center in Gangwondo from 2015, he encountered countless relics of the distinct aesthetic of white porcelains from Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Deokho was keen on studying one of the Korean traditional ceramic craft skills, called “Yeon-li”, a venerable technique of mixing different clays, and completed a plenty of works including Flow series, and Vestige series. His passion to incorporating the traditional skills and aesthetics to create a modern ceramic works was widely acknowledged. As a result, he was nominated and awarded from YÉOL, a reputed private charity society for Korean heritage preservation, as ‘Young Craftsman of the Year’ in 2020.