Saturday, December 08, 2007

Contemporary Korean ceramics

Choi Sungjae (b. 1962)

We're told that this is the revival
of the peasant Buncheong tradition from 14th-16th C. Korea
where the artist uses fingers, sticks, twigs, or whatever
to make marks on a liquid slip

depicting ducks on a pond.

Kind of neat
for finger painting.

Kind of neat
for any kind of painting,
there's really a feeling
for wind blowing on the water

Lee Kang-Hyo (b. 1961)

Another piece of Buncheong ware,
this time
swirling the slip
around the pot.


I like these pieces,
and glad they're being shown.

The curator of Korean art
has been given a glass case
to put on a rotating display
of contemporary traditional art.

But why can't the work
of living traditional European artists
be displayed as well ?


Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Chris, these are right up my (breezy) alley! Thanks for sharing 'em, and I hope to pop by more often now that the semester is winding down.

December 10, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

I'm still a regular visitor to your site, Lori --- but have lately been taking your pictures in with silent appreciation.

(i.e. -- I've run out of things to say -- before you've run out of pictures!)

December 10, 2007  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

This post is lovely and I am going to come back and explore your link lists. The one to info on the Goddess Athena looks interesting.

December 11, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

Hi Princess,

Hopefully -- as Blogworld grows -- devotees will build individual sites for the visual representation of each of the divinities across cultures and throughout history.

Congratulations to Athena for being the first one !

December 11, 2007  
Blogger GEM said...

These are so beautiful, - the fire has hardened into stone the engobes with the finger markings, the marks made by the wide brushes that apply the engobe- the strange dryness of the surface works so well with the austerity of the forms - you can feel the surface with the eyes, without even touching these - just wonderful. GEM

December 13, 2007  
Blogger marlyat2 said...

Haven't seen anything quite like this, Chris. The surface has a stranger look that the slip I know--as if one could even now dig fingers in and make a mark. Odd tension between "finished" and "green."

December 13, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

It sounds like you know a lot more about this process than I do!

I'm looking forward to see the kinds of things you put on your new blog.

December 13, 2007  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Glad to hear you're wandering by my whirled on occasion, even if you're being quite quiet.

Doing the school thing on top of the working world thing has cut into the thinking time I need for poetry and the restless hand I need for random sketching, so thank goodness for the fast joy of catching a few pixels with a camera.

December 15, 2007  

Post a Comment

<< Home