Originally from Seoul, Korea, Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist. Her work explores the human existence by examining and reconciling diverse identities and heritages, as well as the compelling forces of beauty and desire. She began her artist journey as a graphic designer working extensively as an art director, then combined her passion for design with patisserie studies as a chef, all lead to becoming intrigued with ceramics at Sheridan College. As a recipient of the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship, she completed Masters in Fine art at Chelsea College of Arts in UK before undertaking her professional practice in Europe and Japan. Brimming with personal anecdotes and engaging narratives, her work has been exhibited in USA, UK, and Germany, including a solo exhibition at the Clay and Glass gallery.
Through innovative challenges of daily life she is the recipient of many awards including Craft Ontario Council’s Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award, as well as the Best of Craft and Design and Best of Ceramics at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. After receiving Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council grants, she travelled to both national and international artistic residencies to examine her heritage within the lenses of multiple influences. Following the Banff Clay Revival Residency, she was one of six-selected artists for Canadian Craft Biennial. Then she attended the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Residence in Japan, the Ceramic Centre Residency in Berlin, and the Ceramic Artist Exchange Tandem 2019 in Neumünster, Germany.