Tead Off wrote:I haven't had a chance to test drive any of the buncheong teapots and am happy to know that buyers are pleased with their pots.
I have a bit of bad news about Yi Yong Cheol. He is going to give up making pottery for awhile if not permanently. As many of you can imagine, it is not easy to make a living as a potter and when you have a family to support, you need to work almost constantly plus doing shows, fairs, exhibitions, etc.
I strongly suggest that you snap up whatever work strikes you of his. There will be one more firing in October and that will be it for awhile. It's a shame as his work is very good, aesthetically pleasing, and user friendly. I use his porcelain teapot and cups frequently. It's not easy to find porcelain teapots of this quality.
The small city of Yixing is now ranked #7 richest city in China...
It's a sad news Korean potters aren't doing as they..reasons could be many
Korean tea drinkers are limited, while coffee and wine drinkers are increased rapidly, rest of them also went to Puerh
Advertisement is almost none..most of Korean potters are privately working with their craftsmanship and ideas...organizations almost do nothing about it. Unlike China, the Koreans are not used to act organized and associated with commerce when it comes to traditional arts.
It's a shame governments and young people care less as well (I for one..)..I give props to those who still stand and keep up with their working though