Pit Fire and Raku Ceramics with Nicholas Oh

Join Visual Arts Alumni Resident and ceramicist Nicholas Oh, aka Dave Kim, in creating moon jars, historical Korean vessels named for their resemblance to the full moon. Throughout this two-day workshop, participants will learn about the history of the moon jar, basic hand-building techniques including coil building, pinch potting, slip and scoring, and slip decoration as well as the pit fire and raku process. Ultimately, participants will apply these techniques to create their own moon jar.

Date: This in-person workshop will meet twice on Sunday, September 26 and October 3 from 1-5pm.

Price: $175

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Materials will be provided.

Nicholas Oh (aka Dave Kim) is a Korean American artist currently working in Brooklyn. Oh focuses on creating objects and installations that deal with race and identity. By creating and destroying clay replicas of Confederate statues, the artist explores changes in the statue’s meaning through time and history. While many believe these statues were built to commemorate fallen soldiers during the Civil War, he looks deeper into their role in oppression and terror. The artist’s ideas start by looking back on his own history and background. (Oh was born in Wisconsin, but spent his early childhood in Korea.) Nicholas Oh is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 2018, after graduating with a BA from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, 2015. Oh’s Residency is supported in part by a partnership with Rhode Island School of Design.

For questions, please contact education@pioneerworks.org

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.