Originally from South Korea, Miae spent time in Los Angeles, working in the film industry as an animator and a visual effects artist. Miae discovered ceramic art some years ago and fell in love with it so much that Miae ended up joining the ceramic art courses at Glendale college in Los Angeles Miae set up a small studio, where Miae worked as a studio potter for a few years. Miae had to relocate to London last year, and is now working at a cozy communal studio called “Mud Gang” in central London.
Miae’s work used to range from simple kitchenware to elaborately colored raku pieces utilizing their own kiln, but due to more limited space living in London, Miae has been concentrating on each piece with more attention to uniquely decorated surfaces using their own artwork that sometimes includes sculptural components.
Whales Currently Miae’s working on two kinds of whales, humpbacks, and orcas. These whales are built from two different types of clay with the same method of throwing a piece to the top and adding tales later. Using my own drawing, the white and the dark piece with lines were carried out by utilizing the inlay technique by carving on clay. The white piece was later painted with underglazes after the first fire. The dark piece was left unglazed showing bare smooth dark clay and delicate lines of carving or painted terra sigillata using a decal of the same design.
Boxes Miae started making ceramic boxes after learning the slab hand-building technique. Since childhood Miae has always been charmed by anything that is shaped like a box. It didn’t matter what material it was made of. At one point, Miae was collecting boxes from all over the world. It was only natural that Miae started to make them in clay. In the beginning, Miae made simple square boxes with puzzle cut lids. Then raku fired them by letting the fire and smoke do their magic. Miae now has limited accessibility to raku, so has started to focus on each piece with a more refined shape and decoration using multiple techniques such as inlaying or sgraffito with freehand carving and painted terra-sigillata using designed decals.