Words by Sheila Lam
Photography by Justin Chung

Miro Chun, Miro Made This

Phoenix, Arizona

For many of us, a particular cup or a plate forms the centerpiece of a daily object ritual. Miro Chun agrees, although she’s wary of being too precious about material things. “The value of tableware is in its use,” she insists. For Chun, the beauty of an object is revealed as it is used over time, developing wear and patina. Her ceramics are vessels for memory and interaction; they measure out the days.
In 2008, when she was working as an architect, Chun enrolled in a ceramics course. Accustomed to the long duration of architectural projects, she initially found the immediacy of ceramics frustrating. “I actually dropped the course because I couldn’t get the hang of it,” she confesses. “I found the centering impossible, and at that point I was too young and impatient to persist.” But after moving to Phoenix with her husband, she decided to give it another try. She had a little more time, she was a little more patient. “Suddenly, it made sense. Making ceramics was a synthesis of all my different interests, cooking and design in particular.”


Full story available in the upcoming Faculty Department Vol. 2 (coming Fall 2019)

Photographed in 2018 – Phoenix, Arizona