The collaborative work of Gerald and Kelly Hong is the result of a joining of minds,
    aesthetics, and hearts. They first met at a show where they were both exhibiting their
    individual ceramic pieces. Gerald’s work is very strong and solid in form and it is decorated
    with geometric patterns, which are serene and rhythmic. Kelly’s work is more fanciful in
    design and highly patterned with imagery drawn from nature. Out of this seemingly
    disparate artistic approach, they found fundamental similarities in their work. Both of
    them rely heavily on the Asian aesthetic and they both aim to create work which appears
    both ancient, yet new, at the same time.
    They also have two other important things in common…. smoke and fire. Gerald’s work is
    fired in the Raku process and Kelly’s work is multiple fired porcelain with the final firing a
    smoky sawdust firing which gives it a similar patina.
    Gerald and Kelly married in 1996 and it seemed to be a natural progression to ‘marry’ their
    work as well. While they still create individual work, they both enjoy working
    collaboratively. They find the process exciting and they feel renewed and liberated by being
    able to make work which would have never been created by either one of them alone.
    When they sit down to design a new collaborative piece, they hammer out the design
    together on paper. Various revisions are made, each giving their own suggestions about
    form and surface. When a design is agreed upon, the piece proceeds. Gerald and Kelly each
    make the parts in their respective methods that will be combined in the final result. It can
    be thrown, slab built or sculpted. Design is impressed, incised or taped. Glazes are
    airbrushed or inlaid. Sometimes, Gerald builds the piece and Kelly does the surface
    decoration. That piece is then fired in the Raku process. Kelly adds the final decorative
    elements, be they an intricate fiber finial or a bead to add an accent of color. The resulting
    work is a combination of both of their artistic visions yet it still resonates with the essence
    of their individual styles.