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The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Chip » Mar 6th 10 2:09 am

Let's have a topic for Korean teaware! :mrgreen:

Please share your Korean wares, and discuss all things regarding Korean teaware. I hope we can all learn about this lesser known teaware regardless of its strong heritage.

So often times, artisans from one country borrow from another. Korea is home to the origins of Hagi-yaki for instance. Sometimes the line has been crossed back and forth so many times it is hard to decide what are the origins. I felt it was appropriate to include some Hagi from Japan in the background, an homage to its Korean roots.

Fom here, we can explore Korean teaware, often obscure to most of us, and oft overlooked as a unique and different source for some very interesting pieces for those so inclined.
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This set (not including the Japanese cooler) blurs the lines, named a travel set and imported by Hankook, this travel set was made by a Korean artisan though I will have to inquire again. The influence crosses several borders including Japan (houjin) and China/Taiwan (what we call gaiwanesque).

I love the feel of this set, smooth and textured at the same time ... and white for those purist moments when only white will do.

This set is great for many types of tea, but I tend to brew mostly Korean greens (pictured) and Japanese greens.

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Abracadaver! » Mar 6th 10 5:06 am

This is a great idea, Chip. I'm looking forward to learning more about this.

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Robert Fornell » Mar 6th 10 5:31 am

Great to see this thread started..... Some of the finest work I know of comes out of Korea or has Korean roots.

Relatedly, one of my favorite movies is Chi-Hwa-Seon (Painted Fire) which details the life of brush painter Jang Seung-up.

Thanks Chip,
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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Tead Off » Mar 6th 10 7:26 am

Let me help get the ball rolling: Hong Seong il cups.
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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Chip » Mar 6th 10 1:59 pm

Those are fantastic, TO. Looks like Shino and Hagi ...

For the benefit of the topic, some dating and ifo about the artisan?

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Mrs. Chip » Mar 6th 10 4:39 pm

Chip wrote:Those are fantastic, TO. Looks like Shino and Hagi ...

For the benefit of the topic, some dating and ifo about the artisan?
I agree with the Mod, please enlighten us, these are real beauties. Thanks for sharing them with us Tead Off.

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Tead Off » Mar 6th 10 5:39 pm

Chip wrote:Those are fantastic, TO. Looks like Shino and Hagi ...

For the benefit of the topic, some dating and ifo about the artisan?
I resized these so I hope they will fit.

Artist is Hong Seong-il. He lives in Boseong, Korea. He and his wife are full time potters living up in the area that produces a large majority of Korean teas, many organic. These were recently made. Chicago Potter turned me on to him. You can contact him through his blog: http://blog.naver.com/ttogarii.do
He makes lovely teaware including teapots, chawan, and, cups. Mention the guy from Bangkok if you do contact him. I will visit him in early May in Korea.

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by chicagopotter » Mar 6th 10 5:49 pm

Seong il and his wife are amazing! They are superb clay artists and extremely generous people to boot. Some pieces I got from can be viewed here: http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 65#p130392

BTW, I am using the teapot exclusively for the Korean yellow tea he sent along. They compliment each other very well.

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Chip » Mar 6th 10 6:05 pm

Perfect resize, TO! Thanks and thanks for the information!

ChicagoPotter, can you post those incredible pieces here as well! I have always loved them!

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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by TIM » Mar 6th 10 6:31 pm

Traditional Boseong ash glaze teaware, using the same red clay material as onggi:

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A commercial grade Gwangju celadon set. Brewing up some moroccan green tea.
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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Petr Novák » Mar 6th 10 6:32 pm

Thank you Chip for this topic and thank you Tead Off for sharing pictures of Hong Seong ils bowl.

Here is one of my favorite Korean potter focused on tea ware-Oh Soon-Teak from Mungyeong.
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Re: NEW/The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Victoria » Mar 6th 10 10:22 pm

A beautiful example of modern Korean porcelain teaware is this matcha serving set in a very hard to capture pale celadon:

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Re: NEW! The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by Victoria » Mar 14th 10 1:39 am

Here is a Korean travel set I picked up at the Hankook store in LA:

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Re: NEW! The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by IPT » Mar 14th 10 2:30 am

Those are both very beautiful sets Victoria! That second one looks like the crackles will stain beautifully!

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Re: NEW! The unofficial/official Korean Teaware Topic

by brad4419 » Mar 14th 10 5:53 pm

Beautiful teaware all around! Im so glad you started this topic because I know nothing about korean teaware.