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Celadon Ceramics from Korea
Beautiful Celadon Pottery From Korea's Goryeo Dynasty
For thousands of years, artists, craftsmen and common people have made and used ceramics for a huge variety of purposes. Many places in the Eastern world elevated simple pottery to high art forms. Later called "celadon", this translucent blue-green glaze was the most recognizable attribute of Korean pottery and ceramic art. I discovered Korean celadon ceramics and was transfixed by their beauty. I've selected some remarkable pieces from antiquity to show you as well as modern Korean celadon pottery you can buy today.
Incense Burner with Kingfisher Glaze
Floral Inlaid Bowl
Wine Pot with gold lacquer repair, c. 1100-50
This piece wasn't always accented with gold - at some point, the gold repair was done in Japan.
"Highly prized ceramics have been repaired and restored since antiquity, often by professional craftsmen who specialised in repairs. Repairs enabled a damaged piece to be used again, or concealed a break or defect. Sometimes craftsmen added or removed parts in order to alter an object's function or to appeal to changing taste. Some repairs, such as adding metal rivets or gold lacquer, have an aesthetic interest of their own."
This piece is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Books about Korean Celadon Ceramics
Celadon Vase with Inlaid Crane Design
"The Moon in a Well"
by Yi (Lee) Gyu-bo, 1168-1241
An acolyte craving
the moonlight in a well
Draws water with
it into a carafe.
Yet back to the temple,
he should see,
Tilting the jar,
the moon be gone as well.
Goryeo Dynasty Wine Ewer
Celadon Duck Figurine
Melon-Shaped Ewer with Stylized Flowers
This ewer has an underglaze incised decoration and is from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392).
It is part of the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Here is an excellent lecture on Korean artisan's innovative introduction of the inlay technique in their celadon pottery.
Modern Korean Celadon
This piece is by a modern Korean artisan, working in a highly intricate style but using the traditional glaze.
Dragon Incense Burner
Fine Korean celadon pottery and antique ceramics are for sale from many sellers. These auctions end today!