Established in Hong Kong & Jingdezhen, China in 2012, Julie & Jesse is an art/design studio founded by Swiss designer Julie Progin and U.S.A artist Jesse Mc Lin.

Born in 1975 in U.S.A, Jesse Mc Lin graduated from Alfred State School of Ceramic Art with an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture (2001) and studied print and ceramics at Kansas City Art Institute (1999). Julie Progin, born in 1980 in Hong Kong studied textile design at École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré (2003) and also completed a BFA in Product Design at Parsons, The Newschool for Design (2005).

Their interest in creating this collaborative studio developed during their time working and producing the first collections for their brand of porcelain designs Latitude 22N in Jingdezhen, China. Since then Julie & Jesse have created a coherent body of work characterized mainly by experimental ceramic investigations.

Their projects follow a consistent conceptual path to capture, document and present a moment in time and place and explore such issues as the changing landscape of China, the flaws of mass-production, the relationships between human and objects, nature and industry.

From capturing the movement of clay during firing, archiving the break and decay of production moulds to documenting the construction and de-construction of Jingdezhen, the key attributes of their work are time, context and transformation.

Through material investigations, attention to context, process and details they aim to make projects that present a real-time archeology and invite viewers to reflect on contemporary society and culture.

Exhibitions

2018   艺术·家, Yuan+ Gallery, Shanghai, China
2018   Erosion, COS, Shanghai, China
2018   New Generation, The Sanbao Valley Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   Innovation in Ceramic Vessel’s evolution, Peony Pavilion Museum, Qingdao, China
2018   Craft: the Reset, Design Society / Victoria & Albert Museum, Shenzhen, China
2018   Fragment(s),The Bottle Edition for COS, Basel, Switzerland
2018   Jingdezhen Design, View Gallery, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   Fragment(s), The Bottle Edition for COS, Hong Kong, China
2017   Jing Piao, China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2017   Confluence.20+, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, U.S.A
2017   Confluence.20+, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, Korea
2017   Confluence.20+, City Hall, Hong Kong, China
2017   Confluence.20+, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
2016   Craft, Seoul, Korea
2016   Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, China
2015   Design without boundaries, InnoDesign Expo, Hong Kong, China
2015   Diversity, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong, China
2015   Erosion, a recording of time and place, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong, China
2014   Partial, Nur, Hong Kong, China
2013   Curio, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong, China
2013   Domestic Territories, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2013   Fragment(s), the poetics of decay, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2012   Radical Materiality, Ilivetomorrow in Caochangdi, Beijing, China
2012   2by4, a tautology of the North American Forest, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Talks & Lectures

2018   Re-invention, COS, Shanghai, China
2018   The Sanbao Valley Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   The Helena May, Hong Kong, China
2018   Sanbaopeng Art Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   Re-invention, panel talk at COS, Hong Kong, China
2017   Queens College – CUNY, New York, U.S.A.
2017   School of the Art Institute, Chicago, U.S.A.
2017   Confluence.20+, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, U.S.A.
2017   Crafts & creativity, Design Shanghai AD forum, Shanghai, China
2017   Hong Kong Designers in Dialogue with Global Design Histories, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
2016   Shifting Objectives: Designer Studio Visit, Hong Kong, China
2016   Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Korea
2016   Ocean Archive, AAA open platform, Art Basel, Hong Kong
2015   Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Korea
2015   Design without boundaries, InnoDesign Expo, Hong Kong, China
2015   Inspired, Connected, deTour, PMQ, Hong Kong, China
2013   Exploring the territory between Industry and Craft, PolyU Design, Hong Kong, China

Acquisitions

2018   The Sanbao Valley Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   Qingdao Shinan District People’s Government, Shandong, China
2017   China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2015   M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong, China

Residencies

2017   Visiting Artist Residence, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, U.S.A.

Awards

2019   Finalist, The 10th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2019, Korea
2017   Winner, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum Exhibition Application, Taiwan, China
2011   Silver award, Design for Asia Award, HKDC, Hong Kong, China

Education

Julie Progin
Swiss
Born in 1980, Hong Kong
2005   BFA Product Design
Parsons The Newschool for Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.
2003   BFA Textile Design
École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Paris, France

Jesse Mc Lin
U.S.A
Born in 1975, U.S.A
2001   MFA Ceramic Sculpture
Alfred State School of Ceramic Arts, New York, NY, U.S.A.
1999   BFA Ceramics and Printmaking
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, U.S.A.