Wrapping up the ‘Beyond Limitations’ workshop… By Kim Seungtaek, Curator of Clayarch Gimhae Museum

With the August 21st opening of the ‘Beyond Limitations’ exhibition, the journey of this five-week workshop came to a conclusion. The workshop started from a proposal made by Australian artist Vipoo Srivilasa two years ago. The workshop’s successful implementation was then facilitated by Cho Hyeyoung (director of the 2015 Cheongju International Craft Biennale), who has helped to bridge Australia and Korea through both material and moral support over the past year. In Australia, meanwhile, Srivilasa prepared zealously to ensure the program’s success. In my own preparations for this project, I could sense their fiery passion.

After a year and a half of preparations, the workshop began on July 20th, and we worked without stopping all the way till its final day. Despite the sultry weather, the 21 artists and the support staff were totally immersed in the workshop from morning to evening, not even noticing the time passing. For a ceramicist, five weeks is not long enough to follow a project through to its completion. That is owing to the nature of ceramics, in which each stage requires a lot of handwork and waiting; it is only in the final stage of firing that the work can be completed. For that reason, I was dubious about the amount of artwork those 21 artists could complete over the course of the workshop, and I suggested that the artists each bring one piece with them. My thinking was that the pieces they brought along could be exhibited together with the artwork produced during the workshop, even if those works were
not finished…

But such concerns evaporated completely. From morning to evening, the artists were fully engaged in their work. As a result, within five weeks, we started to worry about whether the galleries could accommodate display space for all the pieces, which numbered beyond expectations. The initial plan had been to use two galleries, but to exhibit all those works invested with the artists’ passion, we ended up needing all three galleries. Seeing the level of completion and refinement of the works produced during the workshop, notwithstanding its short duration, gave me an indescribable feeling of pride as a curator. With every artist working all the way to the very end to help display the works and complete the exhibition set-up, and with its successful opening, we all felt as if we were one.

We also had a number of successful projects that had seemed impossible to fit into five weeks’ time. There were two cultural tours, and every evening there was time for artists and staff to gain greater understanding of one another, as they took part in presentations on each other’s artwork and stories and held discussions. Special guest ceramic artists were invited, too, including Kang Hyo Lee, whose dynamic performance we enjoyed, and HunChung Lee, who shared stories of the art world and his life as an artist. Besides these activities, members of the public also were invited to take part. For instance, local residents had hands-on experience in making book holders patterned with Australian aboriginal art, and at a ‘performance’ (artist lunch), museum visitors were served food by Korean and Australian artists. All these projects were a great experience for the artists, the museum, and the

Just as the theme of the workshop suggests, I think the entire process contributed to the artists going beyond their own limitations. By sharing diverse techniques and ideas in contemporary ceramics, while also going beyond national borders, and beyond the boundary lines of ‘mentor’/‘mentee’ and ‘artist’/‘staff’, the workshop was an opportunity for everyone to go beyond their limitations. I truly hope that this workshop offered a chance for forward progress to artists facing a creative block, and for new impetus to artists seeking fresh ideas. I would like to express my gratitude to the exhibition planning team and the museum assistants who enabled the successful completion of the workshop through their support; to the project team that provided five weeks’ worth of delicious meals; and to all the artists who took part in the workshop.
-By Kim Seungtaek, Curator of Clayarch Gimhae Museum 

For more information about the program and the participating artists please visit www.claymentoring.com

The Beyond Limitations project has been funded with supported from Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Australia – Korea Foundation and The Australian Embassy Seoul

call for applications: Beyond limitations – Clay Mentoring

 Deadline Dec 15th 2015

Beyond Limitation, is a four-week mentoring, cultural exchange program between Australian and Korean artists.

program consists of six ceramic artists mentoring 12 early career
artists from both countries at the Gimhae Clayarch Museum in Gyeongsang,
Korea between 20 July – 20 August, 2015. 

Limitations seeks to deepen the cross-cultural understanding of the art
form, and establish international ties predicated on the common
appreciation for the ceramics.

Please visit the website for full details and application process. 

Residency Opportunity – International Ceramic Workshop, Korea

전 세계 모든 도자예술가들에게 문이 열려있습니다!
Open to ceramists around the world!

멘토링캠프의 첫 번째 프로젝트인 <단기레지던시>는 초청 작가들과 청년 작가들의 멘토링 과정을 통해 담당 분야의 전문지식과 노하우 습득은 물론, 교류와 나눔을 통한 미래 발전적 담론을 제시하고 국제 네트워크를 구축하고자 합니다. 이에 멘토링캠프에 참가할 멘티를 공개모집하오니 세계 청년 작가들의 적극적인 참여를 기다립니다.

 The first venue for the MENTORING CAMP is the . The invited artist, namely the mentor, and young mentees assemble as a group to conduct reciprocal mentoring sessions. The mentor will share with the mentees knowledge on ceramics, specialized experiences in the field in addition to exchanging information. The objective is for both the mentor and the mentee to learn from each other. Furthermore, it will be a great opportunity for establishing international network. 
모집기간 ㅣ 2013. 2. 28 – 마감시 
About the Application ㅣ www.kocef.org

Call for artists: FUSION Mentorship Workshops 2012/2013 – OTTAWA

Mentor: Leta Cormier

proud to announce the launch of the Ottawa Region Mentorship – “the Ten
Month Workshop.” These workshops are intended to be significant
learning experiences that are transformative for the participating
artists. A maximum of ten participants per workshop will be asked to
take creative risks. The workshop will begin with a session during which
participants will present their work and their goals for the workshop.
Each participant will then be asked to set learning goals and objectives
for the duration of the workshop. The group will meet over the next ten
months to review their progress, participate in group critiques, and
revise objectives as necessary. The workshop will culminate in an


You should be actively involved in an artistic practice, producing work, exhibiting, and should:

have completed three years of study or the equivalent. Self educated
artists with no formal training but plenty of experience are encouraged
to apply.

• be willing to make a ten month commitment.

through discussions with the mentor and others in the group, be
prepared to set yourself learning goals and be willing to take risks
with your work and accept criticism in a constructive manner.

• meet the criteria established by the mentor described above.

• be a member of FUSION.


Submission Deadline: All applications MUST be received by the FUSION Office by 5 pm, Friday, June 29, 2012.

Find full details here.