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Visiting Korean artist making his moon jars

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Master potter Set Youngii works the clay at Ojai's Firestick Pottery Studio.
Lynn Malone, Special to the Ojai Valley News
Master potter Seo Younggi’s last day in Ojai will be Feb. 16. That day, the visiting artist from South Korea will offer demonstrations at Ojai’s Firestick Pottery Studio’s show and sale at 1804 E. Ojai Ave. A farewell reception for him will follow the day’s festivities.
Not long ago, Firestick Pottery Studio's owner Robin Nahin learned that Younggi was hoping to come to the United States to create a large body of work for an upcoming art show in New York and needed a pottery studio where he could work. Nahin was excited to offer the Firestick Studio and invited him to come to Ojai. 
Since there was a bit of a language barrier, little else was known about this mysterious visitor, other than the fact that he planned to create a large number of pieces while in Ojai. When his one request was that he would need 700 pounds of clay to start with, the magnitude of work he was planning came to light.
Since very little Korean media reaches the United States, Firestick staff didn't know that they were about to welcome an internationally acclaimed master potter and university professor. Younggi is well known in the art world, especially in Korea. Collectors travel to South Korea from all over the world to add to their collections of his work, often paying thousands of dollars for a coveted piece.

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