Her work explores the significance of existing as a human being, examining and reconciling diverse identity and heritage of the world, and the compelling forces of beauty and desire. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist. She began her artistic journey as a graphic designer, and after working extensively as an art director in South Korea she combined the passion for design with patisserie studies consisting of various areas of creativity as a chef, before becoming intrigued with ceramics at Sheridan College. After receiving the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship, she completed Masters in Fine art at Chelsea College of Arts in the UK, before undertaking her professional practice in Europe and Japan. Brimming with personal anecdotes and engaging narratives, her work has been exhibited in Canada, USA, and the UK and her latest solo exhibition will take place at The Clay & Glass Gallery.
Through innovative challenges of daily life, she is the recipient of many awards including Craft Ontario Council, the Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award, as well as the Best of Craft and Design and Best of Ceramics at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Following the Open Studio Residence 2017 in Haystack, she was one of six selected artists for Canadian Craft Biennial. After receiving Canada Council for the Arts grant, she participated in an international residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Residence in Japan, Ceramic Centre Residency in Berlin, and the Ceramic Artist Exchange Tandem 2019 Residency in Neumünster, Germany.