Born 1964, Gwangju, South Korea
"I have always wanted to control clay. The more that I tried to control it though, the more difficult it became to handle. Then one day, I felt as if the clay was watching me as I worked. Now, whenever I create, I always ask the clay how it wants to be, and the clay in turn asks me what I want to make."
Hyangjong Oh is a South Korean ceramic artist with a profound mastery of clay, developed during a career that has spanned over 30 years. As one of the world's most renowned Onggi masters, Oh combines traditional Korean ceramic techniques with more contemporary explorations. Explorations that often go beyond the form itself and include installations and performance. Oh strives to maintain a meditative engagement in everything he does, be it making traditional moon jars or designing large scale installations. He lives and works in Hwasun, South Korea.