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Having travelled through Asia searching in the hopes of finding a more ancient way of learning, living, and thinking, Marco Minetti quickly became inspired by the austerity and timeless warmth of Korean art, and found a corner of the world where ceramic tradition dates back 5000+ years yet is still alive and well in terms of technique. Marco moved to Korea in 2015 where he lived and studied in Seoul, travelling to the countryside every weekend to begin studying clay. After six months Marco moved permanently to live and work with master Kwak Kyungtae, who had been introduced to him by famed master potter Lee Kang Hyo, in his country studio, where after two years of practice he began to learn the Onggi method that had been his focus and goal to learn. During his apprenticeship Marco also went to work and live for a period in Jingdezhen, the ancient porcelain capital of China, as well as travel regularly to Japan.
In 2018 Marco co-created Ceramic Masterclass: workshops in Korea tailored to foreign artists and students of clay. Then in early 2020 moved to California, where he is now building a studio, harvesting wild clay and using natural materials in his own evolving body of work. Influences include antique Chinese/Korean/Japanese works from the 14th Century to present day.