Reinterpreting the simple, earthy and unconstrained style of traditional Korean pottery for a contemporary and modern sensibility / LONDON


Her style is based on Korean pottery from the late Chosun dynasty, which was an influence on Japanese handmade pottery. The beauty of the Chosun dynasty is described as an ‘unconstrained’ life style. As can be seen from the Korean ‘Moon Jar’, it is one that is asymmetrical, unplanned, natural, simple and honest.


It was Eunmi’s experience of living in the multi-cultural environment of London that made her reflect on
her own roots and her own culture for the first time. Looking back at her own culture, and drawing inspiration from traditional Korean pottery, she began to develop her a new style that referenced her own history from both a cultural and uniquely personal perspective.

Eunmi Kim first influences came from her father, a landscape gardener, who revealed and explained the beauty of nature to her as a child growing up in the idyllic island of Jeju in South Korea. These early childhood experience stayed with her and led her devote herself to the study of ceramics in Korea.

After this, she worked as a ceramics designer at the Korea Ceramic Foundation where she was involved in the Korean Ceramic-ware Globalisation project, researching ceramic tableware brands around the world before coming to London to work as a freelance ceramicist.


Another important inspiration comes from her native Jeju island, where she grew up. The island’s unique volcanic landscape is marked with craters and caves of frozen lava tubes. And the forests and mountains she traveled in her youth serve as an important influence in the pottery she creates.


A handmade piece of pottery process takes more than three weeks to complete. Before making the pottery, it’s necessary to understand and master the viscosity of the clay and the glaze’s chemical reaction when fired. This requires a balance of experimentation and knowledge, combined with experience, skill and patience.