Clay the Game: Seoul’s Ceramics Mecca
One thing that’s been on my to-do list for some time now is to book myself into the Yido Academy. Yido is a cultural space that celebrates the art of Korean pottery and modern ceramics. At the academy you can take workshops of both hand building and working on the spinning wheel.
Not unlike ManMade Wooyoungmi, the center is home to an exhibition space, a boutique, and a café, with the addition of the aforementioned academy. I’m a great admirer of Korean pottery so I’ve often visited the Gallery Yido. It showcases modern ceramics and crafts and experimental works focusing on ceramics, as well as introducing international artists and giving Korean artists the opportunity to exhibit abroad through its international exchange program.
Afterward I always try to stop by the Yido pottery boutique, where you can buy some beautiful pieces ranging from handicrafts to fine china by famous Korean artists—all suggesting ways that Korean ceramics can be re-introduced into our homes and appreciated every day. If I have time I stop by the café to simply soak up the ambience. I now have only to try the academy. Maybe that’s a project for the new year!
Yido. 191 Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110 – 260 Korea.
Photos: Courtesy of Wooyoungmi