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David T. Kim is the founder of DTK Ceramics, a Chicago based pottery production studio. DTK Ceramics aims to create a wide range of objects that enhance the rituals of daily life. David finds inspiration from his Korean heritage, utilizing East Asian techniques that result in pieces that embody their traditional inspirations with a modern aesthetic. 



David T. Kim was born in 1990 in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Chicago at a young age. David has a unique blend of eastern and western pottery techniques in his work as he received his B.F.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and studied in Korea under Master potter Kwak Kyung Tae. Prior to starting DTK Ceramics, David trained in multiple techniques of ceramics - from tile making to small batch production pottery. David’s experience working for his father, a chef, and restaurant owner has allowed for David to think of all the intricacies of plateware from chef to consumer. All of these experiences helped him learn, create, and design ceramics on a small batch unique scale.

      DTK Ceramics specializes in creating custom dinnerware for Chicago's top restaurants and occasionally releasing unique wheel thrown pottery. 

As Seen In:

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
Bocadillo Market
Brass Heart
Dial M for Modern
Edgewater Candles
EL Ideas
Grand Marina Resort
International Museum of Dinnerware Design
Jinsei Motto
Kroger Company
Loews Hotel
Moody Tongue

Residence Inn Aventura by Marriott

& more

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