Yeollinmun Ash Glaze Bottle 1982 Stoneware inlaid in the yeollinmun (mixing of different clay bodies) technique under ash glaze Reduction firing 13.4X7X21(h)cm

ROE Kyungjo is well-known for the yeollimun (a kind of a marbling technique where different clay bodies are combined together) technique which is said to have been practiced during the Goryeo period and then disappeared around the thirteenth century because of its technically difficult nature. Roe is one of the first contemporary artists to revive this Korean tradition and he did this through research on past records and theses. Roe is interested in studying Korean aesthetics found in ancient Korean art, architecture and life style. His focus is in leading a life that enjoys the most finesse and sophisticated aesthetics human beings can offer through art, culture and etiquette. Therefore the foundation of his work is rooted in such concepts. Both as an artist and a teacher (in the university environment) he has pursued such qualities.

According to Roe his work is about the “fruit of integration of environment and the passion of the artist.” He emphasizes that the making process of a work of art, after all, is the artist himself/herself and moreover life itself. The world of art that he has been pursuing is one marked by works in which life and art come together as a unity. His early days were spent absorbed in painting before practicing in ceramics. He was interested in monochrome paintings particularly in the Fauvist style.

Roe’s objects are inspirational interpretations of ancient Korean ceramics through the excavation of shards. Roe not only creates art but he also collects. He has a large collection of ancient ceramic shards and he is inspired by them. Roe is known for making angular bottles and containers in the yeollimun technique.

ROE Kyungjo

  • 1985Professor, Department of Ceramics, College of Design, Kookmin University (-2016)
  • 1979Attended Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1976MFA in Art Education, Kyunghee University
  • 1973BFA in Ceramics, College of Industrial Design, Kyunghee University
11 Solo Exhibitions
  • 2007From Canvas to Ceramic, Galerie Besson, London, UK
  • 2005Thirty Years of ROE Kyungjo’s Ceramic Art, Tongin Auction Gallery, Seoul
Main Exhibitions
  • 2015The 9th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, main exhibition, Cheongju City, Chungcheongbuk Province
  • Korea NOW! Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
  • 2014Dual Natures in Ceramics; Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea, Terminal 3 San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, USA
  • 2013The 48th Korea Design Exhibition, Kim Dae-jung Convention Center, Gwangju, Jeolla-nam Province
  • 2012Diverse Spectrum; 600 Years of Korean Ceramics, Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Main Awards
  • 1981Prime Minister’s Prize, the 16th Korea Industrial Design Exhibition Art Prize, Dong-a Art Competition
  • 1979Ceramic Technical Prize, SPACE Group
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museums (Washington D.C., USA)
  • British Museum (London, UK)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)
  • National Folk Museum of Korea (Seoul) and more