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

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

2018    New Generation, The Sanbao Valley Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China

Exhibitions

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
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
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
2015    Design without boundaries, InnoDesign Expo, Hong Kong
2015    Diversity, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong
2015    Erosion, a recording of time and place, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong
2014    Partial, Nur, Hong Kong
2013    Curio, The gallery at Latitude 22N, Hong Kong
2013    Domestic Territories, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong
2013    Fragment(s), the poetics of decay, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong
2012    Radical Materiality, Ilivetomorrow in Caochangdi, Beijing, China
2012    2by4, a tautology of the North American Forest, Ilivetomorrow Gallery, Hong Kong

Talks & Lectures

2018    The Helena May
2018   Sanbaopeng Art Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2018   Re-invention, panel talk at COS, Hong Kong
2017    Queens College – CUNY, New York, U.S.
2017    School of the Art Institute, Chicago, U.S.
2017    Confluence.20+, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, U.S.
2017    Crafts & creativity, Design Shanghai AD forum, Shanghai, China
2017    Hong Kong Designers in Dialogue with Global Design Histories, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2016    Shifting Objectives: Designer Studio Visit, Hong Kong
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
2015    Inspired, Connected, deTour, PMQ, Hong Kong
2013    Exploring the territory between Industry and Craft, PolyU Design, Hong Kong

Acquisitions

M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong
China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China

Residencies

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