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Mi-Sook Hur

Mi-Sook Hur
Feather Lace 2, 2021
Vitreous enamel on copper, sterling silver
2.5x3x.5″
NFS

Matching Enamel Jewelry with Your Outfit / October 10 – 15, 2021

Artist Statement:
My work has been a vehicle of journey to find my lost memory and meaning as I age. Many of my
memories evoke scattered pictures of my early life in a small farming village, but often lack overall
coherence from which meanings can be derived. Those images are from nature – in particular, beans,
sprouts, birds, feathers, seedpods, etc. They engage me to contemplate deeply over what these
memories mean to me. As a metalsmith, my primary materials are metals; however, I also explore a
variety of other materials which may better portray my intentions. Most recently, I have been working on
my wearable feather series using limoges, a technique of “painting” with enamel.

Artist Bio:
Mi-Sook Hur is an award-winning enamelist and metalsmith who is a professor in the School of Art and
Design at East Carolina University. Her work focuses on the realistic images inspired by nature and she
explores the modern studies of Limoges enamels.

She received a BFA in Metalwork and Jewelry from Seoul National University in Korea and an MFA in
Metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hur has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Highlights include at LOOT in the Museum Arts and Design, SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art +
Design) in Chicago, Tong-In Gallery in Korea, Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan, and VicenzaOro II
in Italy. Her work has been featured in The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration, 500
Enameled, Nouvel Object V, and Metalsmith. Additionally, she has received awards including the Prize
Awards from The Enamelist Society, the Niche Awards, the Purchase Award from Arkansas Arts Center,
and the European Design-an Asian Renaissance Evoked in Gold Award from the World Gold Council. Her
work is included in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Art Museum, John Michael
Kohler Arts Center, Sunny & Gloria Kamm, and Arkansas Arts Center. She is a former artist-in-residence at
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Jentel Foundation. She has
taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Newark
Museum, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, EGNE (The Enamel Guild North East), and Arrowmont School
of Arts and Crafts. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Penland School of Crafts. Most
recently, she wrote a chapter about her painterly techniques in The Art of Fine Enameling by Karen
Cohen.

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