Yoonjee’s interactive conversation with the clay is vital to her process — she slowly builds up clay coils from the bottom, allowing her hand marks to remain on the surface. Through this process of building, memories of patience and time come into her pieces and she is able to create a meaningful record of her practice.
Originally from South Korea, Yoonjee Kwak completed the two-year long-term artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena MT. Her work has been shown in a variety of national and international exhibitions including Korea, Turkey, Italy, as well as throughout the United States. Yoonjee earned her MFA in ceramics at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2014 and her BFA in ceramics and glass at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea. She was a resident artist and taught ceramics classes at RIT from 2014– 2017. In 2016, she was named an Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly magazine. Kwak is currently a resident artist at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, WA.