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Meet Jonathan Park of H’soban Ceramics

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Park.

Hi Jonathan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
The “story” really starts even before I knew it began. Being raised by a mother who displays her unconditional love through her cooking and a father who builds treehouses in his spare time for his two children to grow up in, hand gestures were often the language of affection. Fast forward to my late teens, I started to work in restaurants as a server to be financially independent, which led to managerial positions in different small businesses to eventual ownership of two family-owned food court restaurants; I always found myself in a creative or craft-adjacent position, making sure that the hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Once the global pandemic hit, all our restaurant projects took an abrupt halt. Luckily, we were in discussion with a popular Korean hand-made ceramics brand about their potential expansion into the US market.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With every small business, there will be constant bumps and potholes along the long windy road. Learning how to navigate a new e-commerce business/industry that is completely different from what we were used to doing was already a steep hill to climb. But in the face of a global pandemic, it forced the whole team to get creative on how to approach the business with limitations to in-person visitation to our showroom/store. Lucky for us, we met a great circle of local Korean-American artists and creatives who helped us get off on the right foot from day one.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
H’soban Ceramics (Hwasoban) was founded in 2010 and is a huge part in the modernization of hand-made Korean ceramics. Crafted to elevate the everyday dining table with its simple yet iconic design, it truly brings an elegance to your home-cooked meals. The ceramics are hand-made in Bundang, South Korea with a special blend of California clay which produces a sturdy yet light dinnerware for daily use. Representing a Korean brand and its hardworking artists that is California sourced is a dream come true as a Korean American entrepreneur. We live in such a fast-paced, automated world and I hope that people can find the time slow down and enjoy the fruits of the hard work of all artists’ labors. I’ve recently come to realization that true beauty lies in the imperfect perfections.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The internet connects us all! You can reach our brand on Instagram @hwasoban or on our website.

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