Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these right? I think the last time I talked about art was when I was discussing either soju or tattooing. Both equally interesting topics!
But today, I’m talking about a forgotten art. This artwork was once upon a time one of the greatest forms of artistic expression, dating back centuries. To an outsider, it looks like pottery but to a craftsman, an artist… it’s so much more.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art put together a video that not only showcases ceramic arts but also celebrates the craft and the artists behind the skill, Lee Hyang-Gu, You Yong-Chul, Choi In-Gyu, and Jo Se-Yeon. It is taken from a 2013 exhibition entitled Icheon: Reviving the Korean Ceramics.
“…The American Museum of Ceramic Art is honored to present ICHEON: Reviving the Korean Ceramics Tradition, an unprecedented exhibition organized by Icheon, South Korea. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that began over 5000 years ago and has a reputation for its internationally renowned ceramics cultural events… The works on display represent the rich Korean ceramics culture and the modern advances Icheon ceramists continue to make in developing ceramic art of the future. As a leader in traditional crafts, Icheon’s ceramics have become sought after works of art and are deeply-seated in Korea’s local economy. The city’s vital role in ceramics has made it possible for Icheon to become the best and largest center in Korea’s crafts today. Icheon is the home of over 350 studios and potteries that specialize in traditional, contemporary, and high-tech applications of the ceramic body.”
(source: American Museum of Ceramic Art)
The video is beautifully done and the final product is amazing! Check it out below and also click the link to find out more about culture and the art.