On the outskirts of the Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is a ceramics village called Icheon, the heart of Korea’s ceramic manufacturing. ‘ICHEON’ was an exhibition held at the end of last year by The American Museum of Ceramic Art displaying over 200 ceramics. Of the ceramics and their origin AMOCA said:
“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. Although technological advances constantly redefine the ceramic industry, Korean ceramic artists strive to preserve the tradition of peace, simplicity, and spiritual temperance of Koran art. Thus, this exciting exhibition epitomizes the height of a rich tradition of Korean ceramics, cemented both in the past and the future.”
Sometimes art can become complicated, but in ceramics there is just one detail in addition to the shape and that is texture. The craftsmen can put all their effort, unhindered into these details and most of the works you will see in these videos have perfected both shape and texture.
AMOCA produced videos of 5 Master Hands at work which are beautiful to watch. The first in the playlist is a summary of all 5 artists, or you can skip this to see 5 more detailed, in depth videos.