- Nov. 4, 2020
-- Ceramic Artist and potter, Ki Charm John Kim is reviving a style of ceramics last seen on the Korean peninsula in the 15th
Century. Called Punch'ong ware, this rustic style of pottery was known for its dark gray or brown clay bodies with lighter slip washes over and simple incised or brushed décor.
Ki Charm grew up in Los Angeles, but now calls Parma home. He studied art and design at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design and worked professionally as an industrial designer. Over the years he has designed furniture, lighting fixtures and home décor. Though he has been making wheel-thrown ceramic pieces since 1998, he started his business making functional tableware and drinkware as items available for sale at the end of 2019.
"Following a tradition that speaks to my Korean heritage, I'm drawn to the rustic and gestural style of Korean Punch'ong ware. But I believe in drawing inspiration from my locale as well," says Ki Charm. He calls his pieces "Parma Punch'ong" as it draws visual inspiration from the flora and fauna found in Ohio. He uses common flowers such as coneflowers and morning glories that complement the classic style of his pieces.
Though Parma Punch'ong is the jumping off point for his style exploration, Ki Charm is not married to any one visual vocabulary. He was most recenty obsessed, in his own words, with toile de jouy patterns after watching a Youtube series called the Chateau Diaries. He had created the very successful blue-and-white Windsor dinnerware pattern for the now-defunct Bombay Company in the 2000's, so this look was not new to him.