Clay into Culture

Clay into Culture: Contemporary Korean Ceramic Art

Gokji BYUN
Jiyun HONG
Kyuhyung LEE
Sangwoo YOUM

Official Opening at the Hamelhuis, Kortendijk 67, 4201 KS Gorinchem
Time: July 26, 2018, at 3 pm.

Korea has a long and great tradition in ceramics, with the fanciful shapes of Shilla pottery (which inspired Picasso), the famous “kingfisher-blue” Goryeo celadon, the artistic freedom of buncheong wares, and the serenity of Joseon-period white porcelain. These days the Korean ceramic tradition is continued by many potters, some of whom produce work that meticulously follows ancient traditions, so that today in Seoul one can easily (although not cheaply) buy an exact copy of a beautiful vase from the 13th century.

The four potters whose work is on show in Gorinchem are different. They are heirs to the tradition in the sense that they have mastered the highly advanced traditional techniques, but they use these to create new and often surprising forms, according to their own artistic sensibilities.

The exhibition will last until September 8, 2018.

Clay into Culture