A Little Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewellery

May 28, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014

The World Jewellery Museum is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of jewellery based on the vision of the founder and director, Lee Kang-won in which “creativity is the oasis for communication and a vital tool for exchange among diverse cultures.” This year marks the 10th anniversary and to celebrate this eventful year, the museum has great pleasure in exhibiting “A Little Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewellery.” Organized by the Fondation d’entreprise Bernardaud, this prestigious exhibition has been presented in Limoges, 2010; Museum of Arts and Design in New York, 2011; New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, 2011-2012; Musee des arts de Decoratifs in Paris, 2012; CODA in Apeldoorn 2012-2013 and at Gardiner Museum in Toronto, 2013. The following internationally renowned jewellery artists have participated in these shows: Yasar Aydin, Marion Delarue, Carole Deltenre, Iris Eichenberg, Willemijn de Greef, Andi Gut, Gesine Hackenberg, Peter Hoogeboom, Rian de Jong ,Manon van Kouswijk, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten, Katja Prins, Tina Rajakallio, Terhi Tolvanen, Yiumsiri Vantanapindu, Luzia Vogt, Shu-lin Wu and Christoph Zellweger. For the Seoul exhibition, the museum has made a selection of thirteen contemporary jewellery artists who share a sensitivity for revealing hidden meanings and associations between cultures despite their diverse geographical and chronological background. In a nutshell the selected artists include a “bad boy,” an ethnoarchaeologist, a nomadic sailor, a genetic manipulating botanist, a romanticist, a pearl cultivator, a conservator, an alchemist, an intimate portraitist, an abstractionist, a surgeon, a nostalgic memorist, and a cultural metabolizer. These versatile artists create works of exceptional quality and innovation which act like second skin that defines and transforms the wearer. Although the artists bring their own unique approach to their jewellery practice, they all share the burning desire to research, experiment and renew the material, process and history of the ceramics upsetting the rules of Western traditional jewellery. The collaboration between Fondation d’entreprise Bernardaud and the World Jewellery Museum enables us to ponder on the meaning of “tradition,” “value”, and “preservation.” Art, like life, involves evolving and recharging, and perhaps change itself a great modern tradition. Ceramics is deeply rooted in the Korean culture, and we look forward to sharing “A Little Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewellery” with our visitors in Korea.