For Arizona architect-turned-ceramicist Miro Chun, art can be coaxed out of daily life. The curve of a bowl, the ritual of dining, the way unglazed stoneware begins to smooth with use—these are the concepts that intrigue Chun and inform her collection of teacups, bowls and plates as well as her art. Chun’s focus on the artistry of functionality has earned her a devoted clientele that includes restaurants, local coffee shops like Lux and Futuro, and individuals who appreciate reframing their perspective on the ordinary.
Why was the transition from architecture to ceramics a natural one? I’m Korean-American, and there’s a big emphasis in Korean culture on ceramics. Also, both architecture and ceramics focus on form and function.
What does your stoneware offer beyond practical use? The ability to look at things in a different context—it’s less about disposable culture and more about holding on to things. The items we love the most have a history.
Have you ever created a piece you couldn’t part with? Yes, there’s definitely a handful. Actually, if it’s a small piece, I’ll carry it around with me, because you don’t always know why you like something. It takes time to figure it out.