Leana Kim is an award winning ceramist from South Korea who has been doing ceramics since 2001.
She has participated in various solo/group exhibitions in both Australia and South Korea, including “Intertwined” at Montsalvat in 2018, ‘NO WERK’ at Trocadero Art Space and ‘Fresh’ at Craft Victoria in 2015.
In 2004, Leana won the grand prize at ‘The Korea New Art Festival’ as well as being awarded the ‘Trudie Alfred Bequest Scholarship’ in Australia in 2014. Also in the same year, she was selected for ‘The 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award’ and ‘Gyeonggi International World Ceramic Biennale’ in South Korea.
Leana has been teaching pottery classes and producing functional works to enlighten more people about ceramic arts.
Currently Leana is a member of The Australian Ceramics Association.
"I have always made things and the attraction to clay is in the hands-on making … it is the material that I am attracted to most. All through school I remember taking on complex craft activities. But a creative life didn’t seem like an option. It wasn’t till my first day at Art school in my 30's that I took my creativity seriously! This making thing is home. The place I feel most sure, safe and confident."
Steven is a professional ceramicist and educator who specialises in hand-built and wheel-thrown forms ranging from functional and decorative pieces through to sculpture and interior lighting.
Steven’s qualifications include Graduate Diploma I WEB (RMIT University), Bachelor Fine Art (RMIT University) and Bachelor Science (Monash University).
His long list of awards include the Deakin Small Sculpture 2015 Peoples Choice Award; Interior Design Excellence Awards 2014 Shortlist – Object Furniture and Lighting; RMIT Department of Fine Art Potters Equipment Award and the Moorabbin TAFE Achievement Award: Drawing and the Achievement Award: Ceramics.
“I have always loved clay and been fascinated with wheel throwing since I went to Sovereign Hill in grade 5 and was mesmerized by the potters there. I can never imagine not doing it. There has never really been a time in my life that I haven’t worked with clay in some form.”
As a practicing artist Kim has developed skills in many areas of ceramics including the wheel, slipcasting, hand building and glazing. Her special area of interest is Rakufiring, a traditional Japanese technique where works are taken from a hot kiln and cooled rapidly. She also enjoys drawing and painting as ways to design works and loves to share her passion for clay.
Kim qualifications include University-Bachelor of Education Post Grad (Deakin); Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramic Design (Monash University). She has also held teaching positions at the secondary level in art, history, geography, food technology, visual communication and VCE Studio Arts.