Reflections on Making a Moon Jar

“Through the simple yet mesmerizing beauty of the moon jar, I wish to understand the lessons that our ancestors left us, and share them with the rest of the world.” - Young Sook Park

The moon jar was born at the time when Korea was rebuilding their nation from the ruins of two major invasions: the Japanese invasion in 1592 and the Manchu invasion in 1636. It was a period when the country was experiencing a surge in its sense of national identity, economic prosperity and the flourishing of Korean culture. Undecorated plain white wares, notably those manufactured in the official kilns in Bunwon, Gwanju near Seoul were seen as expressing a distinctive cultural voice. They were the most in demand and widely manufactured ceramic type with the royal court a primary customer.

Renowned for their exquisite proportional harmony between mouth, body, and base, the Moon Jar persists as the epitome of perfection for many contemporary ceramic artists.

Young Sook Park’s Moon Jars, on view here, are universally recognized to be the purest representations of a singular and deeply symbolic form. Park was motivated to make a moon jar that was inspired by the past, yet reflected our times. After many years of trial and error, she was finally successful in her efforts. On view at YSP through Fall of 2019, her most recent moon jars are put in context through Park's personal reflections on her artistic journey.

YSP Gallery 175 10th Avenue New York, NY, 10011

New Works | Art + Form

through June, 2018

Y-S-P is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition New Works | Art + Form featuring the work of two modern masters: Ufan Lee and Young Sook Park. New Works | Art + Form includes pieces never before seen in the United States, most notably recent works of ambitious scale completed by Park and Lee in collaboration (2017).

The vessels and plates, of uncanny size, are produced using Park’s newest porcelain clays; the glazes layering both iron and cobalt together for the very first time.