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Friday, January 22, 2010

Buncheong Stoneware at the National Museum of Korea




Buncheong was a style of pottery that was popular in Korea from the beginning of the fifteenth century to the middle of the sixteenth century.  Buncheong was a distinctive departure from the more aristocratic and refined celadon ceramics that preceded them and the elegant and minimalist white porcelain that followed.  It represented a return a more rustic and dynamic style, very similar to the establishment of the arts and craft movement of Morris's day that was eventually followed by 20th century minimalism.  In fact, this pottery reminds me of the work of William de Morgan (prior post here and here).  The pottery is made using a white slip technique.