Sang Joon Park

"One day, sitting in my studio, I saw a pile of bowls sitting on a work table. These were the bowls I used to make every day without feeling any pressure to create "art". At that moment I realized these bowls - my training foundation - made me an artist long ago. In the past, as a student, I did not know how to appreciate them. In the present they represent my understanding of finding ?real? art in my simple, ordinary, everyday life. Most of us are in constant search for a new joy and THE happiness and we forget to appreciate what we have. This is how I came to a new and different appreciation of my own work.

I started working on the bowl series in 2005. Before starting this series, I had never thought of the bowls as art. I can make beautiful bowls but I never thought a bowl was enough to encompass the expression of my life, my heart, my soul and my spirit. Indeed I have found that a bowl can hold so much more."