Jungwon PARK

Korea Craft and Design Foundation; Seoul Women's University; Kongju National University; Kyunghee University
PhD Specialist in Contemporary Korean Craft; PhD Researcher, Ceramic Arts Research Centre University of Sunderland; Lecturer, Seoul Women's University, Kongju National University, Kyung Hee University
Over the past ten years Korea has focused much on developing its field of craft both domestically and internationally. The roles played by many government organizations within the country has been crucial. Understanding culture within craft has been the main subject matter in terms of initiating different projects and events. Therefore craft has been a means to understanding our own culture, and for this it has had to expand into different dimensions. Korea has certainly been versatile in its approach to craft, with the first being a way to re-interpret tradition, the second an avenue to promote culture and the third a collaborative initiative merging craft with industry and design. The objective of my research continues to be rooted in the concept of hybrid and by looking at craft in an expanded field I hope to look into the future of craft in order to accommodate for the ever-changing aesthetics and requirements of people.