Colorfully Glazed “Donuts” Inspired by Pop Culture Are Expertly Crafted Ceramics

Ceramic Glaze Donuts by Jae Yong Kim

Whether it’s glittering galaxy glazes or adorable animal-inspired icing designs, it’s evident that donuts make the perfect shaped canvas for food-inspired artists around the world. Influenced by his time spent living in the United States, South Korean ceramicist Jae Yong Kim creates delectable donut designs inspired by pop culture and famous artworks. They may look good enough to eat, but are for display only. The realistic pastries are actually hand-sculpted from clay, painted and glazed, and often adorned with glitter and Swarovski crystals.

References to modern art has been a continuous theme for Kim, who has hand-sculpted hundreds of ceramic donuts glazed in brightly colored patterns. From Roy Lichtenstein-esque polka dots, to Jackson Pollock-inspired splattered paint and swirls, Kim views each donut as a “small painting.” Each piece can take days to create, with the glazing process requiring three or four firings in the kiln to achieve the glossy finish. Kim’s donuts have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs all over the world, such as Art Miami, where he presented Homage to Kusama—a collection of donuts decorated in Yayoi Kusama's iconic yellow and black patterns.

You can see more of Kim’s ceramic delights on Instagram.

South Korean ceramicist Jae Yong Kim sculpts donuts out of clay, inspired by modern art.

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They may look good enough to eat, but we don’t recommend trying.

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Each ceramic piece is hand painted, glazed, and often adorned with glitter and Swarovski crystals.

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All images via Jae Yong Kim.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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