Korean Jin O’Sullivan used to design exhibitions and interiors before settling in Ireland in 2012. It was in this country that she first met and fell in love with pottery and where she created her first pot. Since then she has travelled back and forth between Ireland and Korea, learning more about the discipline. She believes that Ireland is the place where she will grow up as a potter and build on her story.
Now and here. That is what I want to focus on when I make my pots. When I enter the studio I only think about right now and where I am. I am focusing on the moment, the stage I am at, the wedging of the clay, the throwing and the firing of my pots. I enjoy and am happy every single second with the clay which enables me to express myself and talk to others through my pots. The reason I enjoy making a tea set or functional ware is that I enjoy the moment people meet, communicate and face the ‘now’ together. I am deeply inspired by traditional Korean Eastern culture, Buddhism, the paintings, architecture, and calligraphy from the land I grew up in. However, now I am living in Ireland and focusing on the ‘now and here’, not living in the past or future, so I am still on my journey to find how I will develop as a Korean potter living in Ireland.