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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby TIM » Mar 28th, '12, 12:34

Wow! That's a beautiful melon. Thx Tead :)
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » Mar 28th, '12, 12:40

Here's another teapot by Kim Kyeong Soo
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » Mar 29th, '12, 04:56

2 gorgeously glazed and formed teapots in Hadong Museum.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby JeffBrown » Apr 2nd, '12, 11:23

The universe always provides what you need as long as you are looking for it.
I have found this forum very helpful, and this discussion is just what I need this month. I will be in Korea for the 9 day teabowl festival, learning more about Korean tea, teaware, & potters than I ever expected.

I hope that I get a chance to meet Hong Seong-il, at the international potters event(I like what ya'll have shown of his work.) ...there will be 50 or more potters participating, half of them from Korea.

I'll bring back photos to share.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » Apr 2nd, '12, 11:34

Unfortunately, I won't make it to Mungyeong this time. I will miss it a lot.
Here's another master teapot from the museum in Hwagae.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » Apr 2nd, '12, 11:37

Teapot from the last Mungyeong Teabowl Festival.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » Apr 7th, '12, 05:01

Mungyeong potter Oh Sun Tack preparing tea at tea bowl festival 2011.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Robert Fornell » Apr 10th, '12, 17:12

Nice photos Jeff of a very kind man and wonderful potter. He was one of 9 Korean potters featured out of a total of 35 in the "Teaware From the Edge" exhibition which I curated in conjunction with NCECA this spring.

Unfortunately, while invited, I can't make it to Mungyeon this spring, but will be going to Korea in the fall as well as on to Japan. Would like to see you again!
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby TIM » May 4th, '12, 12:03

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The marriage of Korean (onggi) and Chinese (puerh).
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » May 4th, '12, 13:03

Good choice! Onggi is an overlooked clay.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby TIM » May 4th, '12, 21:52

Tead Off wrote:Good choice! Onggi is an overlooked clay.


Great that we share some similar interest. Onggi means vessel, jar or lidded jar. So different area have different clay and glaze. Just so you know.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby Tead Off » May 5th, '12, 06:49

TIM wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Good choice! Onggi is an overlooked clay.


Great that we share some similar interest. Onggi means vessel, jar or lidded jar. So different area have different clay and glaze. Just so you know.


The word onggi is used in various contexts. I have never seen onggi defined as vessel, jar, or, lidded jar, but within a certain context, it can refer to these things. When I ask Seong il what does onggi mean, he says earthenware. It can also mean the tradition of making earthenware storage jars. These jars, made by onggi potters, use a different technique in building these jars than most other traditions.

The clay used for onggi production is iron-rich clay with a mixture of mud and sand. There are different sources for this type of clay throughout Korea. Not all onggi clays are the same but they share some common characteristics. They are particularly good for aging(fermenting) food because of their mineral structure and firing. The glazing is used to make them waterproof, otherwise, they are too porous.

In Seong il's case, his onggi teaware uses a mixture of stoneware so it can be fired at a higher temperature and glazed with shino. This takes care of the leaking that would occur and gives more possibilities for artistic interpretation and interesting glazing effects.

Hope this helps clarify a bit for those unfamiliar with this tradition/clay/usage. I'm sure I'm leaving lots of details out but just trying for a general explanation.
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby TIM » May 5th, '12, 07:28

Tead Off wrote:
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Tead Off wrote:Good choice! Onggi is an overlooked clay.


Great that we share some similar interest. Onggi means vessel, jar or lidded jar. So different area have different clay and glaze. Just so you know.


The word onggi is used in various contexts. I have never seen onggi defined as vessel, jar, or, lidded jar, but within a certain context, it can refer to these things. When I ask Seong il what does onggi mean, he says earthenware. It can also mean the tradition of making earthenware storage jars. These jars, made by onggi potters, use a different technique in building these jars than most other traditions.

The clay used for onggi production is iron-rich clay with a mixture of mud and sand. There are different sources for this type of clay throughout Korea. Not all onggi clays are the same but they share some common characteristics. They are particularly good for aging(fermenting) food because of their mineral structure and firing. The glazing is used to make them waterproof, otherwise, they are too porous.

In Seong il's case, his onggi teaware uses a mixture of stoneware so it can be fired at a higher temperature and glazed with shino. This takes care of the leaking that would occur and gives more possibilities for artistic interpretation and interesting glazing effects.

Hope this helps clarify a bit for those unfamiliar with this tradition/clay/usage. I'm sure I'm leaving lots of details out but just trying for a general explanation.


You lost me there again Tead... when you said onggi is a clay.

You are interpreting the meaning of onggi, not translating the word onggi. Onggi in Korean means vessel or Jar. That's when most problems occur when a foreigner try to personally injects an idea to Asian Art, eg: Yixing Zisha.

Here are some of my research towards this subject. The core of Korean art is humbling, functional and simplicity. Shino is a mere shadow of a off spring of Korean pottery imho.

http://themandarinstea.blogspot.com/2009/05/onggi.html

http://www.adamfieldpottery.com/Gallery.htm#Onggi.html

http://youtu.be/twgJ6ZGYrT8
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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby brandon » May 5th, '12, 08:44

Wow love those tiny Onggi tea caddy!

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Re: The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

Postby TIM » May 5th, '12, 10:09

brandon wrote:Wow love those tiny Onggi tea caddy!

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You are getting that shine inside the hagi. Nice :)
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