Buncheong Vase by artist Sangwook Huh
Handcrafted in Korea
12 x 12 x 18(h) cm
What is Buncheong ?
Buncheong refers to dark stoneware covered with white slip and a clear glaze. Buncheong is a grayish ceramic ware that lasted for a short period of time between the 15th and 16th century during the Joseon Dynasty. The term literally means to “cover the surface”. This is an authentic Korean ceramic ware known for its surface decoration applying liquefied white clay in a number of different techniques such as brushing, sgraffito, dipping, trailing and more. This is fired to 1280°c.
The Buncheong ceramic vessels have fine stomata (pore that allows Buncheong ceramic to breath) and it is a natural phenomenon for food to leave their traces. It is recommended to wash the vessel right after use.
The artist uses the expressive technique of traditional Buncheong to create works with contemporary senses. The method of including surface design and applying the Buncheong technique is the most important aspect of his work. The process seeks out for traces of the past while progressing to create new interpretations. It is as though he is trying to remember every minute and day that has gone by, while living the new today to the full.
Clay strips shaved and hanging from the tip of his knife, reminisce and reflect upon our lives. The rhythmical sounds made from Huh’s approaches are comparable to staccato touches in music.
His work has been selected for the Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum competition and it is collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; National Crafts Museum of India, New Delhi, India and the World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea.