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Ceramics

가마에서 꺼낸 작품들입니다.

Ceramics are the representative craft art in Icheon. Over 300 ceramics workshops are concentrated around Sugwang-ri, Sojeong-ri, Inhu-ri, Namjeong-ri, Jiseok-ri, and Saeum-dong, making this area the biggest ceramic village in Korea.
    Ceramics are the representative craft art in Icheon. Icheon ceramics create new artworks to suit the contemporary taste through the use of traditional techniques to preserve the spirit of Korean tradition with its infinite passion for art. Pursuit of peace, simplicity, and spiritual temperance culminate in traditional Korean ceramics.

 

Sculpture

설봉호수 주변 조각공원 사진입니다.

Sculpture Craft is the most representative field of crafts in Icheon aside from ceramic art.
    Base on experiences gained in the past 10 years from the International Sculpture Symposium since 1998, Icheon City attempted to make a new leap forward in 2007 to establish the city's image as the home of culture and art as well as crafts throughout the world by organizing the Committee for promotion of the International Sculpture Symposium in Icheon.
    Icheon City continued to hold international art events. Furthermore, the city founded an organizing committee consisting of the Federation of Artistic and Cultural Organizations of Korea and other cultural and art organizations, revised related municipal ordinances, and held the 10th International Sculpture Symposium in Icheon at Seolbong Park in an attempt to turn the symposium into a truly international event. These accumulated sculptures are not only valuable cultural assets to Icheon City but also play an important role in improving the beautiful landscape of the city.
    ICheon City plans to develop this symposium into the only sculpture art fair in Korea, thereby establishing it as an international event of high standard so that it can stimulate local economy and promote cultural diversity.

 

Inkstone and Brush

벼루명장 신근식 선생님

Before the modern era, inkstone, one of the Four Friends of the Scholar along with the brush, paper, and ink stick, was an important writing tool. The beloved inkstone is a symbol of study, and as such, it has been a cherished object of the scholar for over two thousand years in Korea.
    However, it is not so easy to find usage of inkstones in everyday life today. Despite the decrease in usage, third-generation inkstone maker Sin Geun-sik is continuing the traditional inkstone and brush-making method. He was noticed when Sin won the National Tourist Folk Craft Competition Award in 1976. After winning the National Folk Craftwork Competition in 1983and 1998, He was finally designated as Gyeonggi-do Intangible Cultural Heritage No.26 on September21, 1998.
    Sin uses the reddish-purple stone from Sobaeksan Mountain in Danyang, Chungcheonbuk-do to make his inkstones, which are thus called Danyang Purple Inkstone . They are soft but solid with fine particles, and ink sticks used on them make excellent glossy ink. Especially popular in Japan, his purple inkstones are regarded as the 'new Duanxi inkstone(well known inkstone in China)of Korea," and his entire creations were exported to Japan at one point in time.
Today, inkstones and brushes are widely used in calligraphy and East Asian art as necessities, and they are most widely used in schools and other educational facilities.

 

Lacquer

벼루명장 신근식 선생님

Lacquer craft is a technique that paints the surface of metal or wooden vessels with lacquer and carves landscape, people, flowers,and birds over the varnish. It is used in various ways on common daily goods such as utensils, incense cases, tables and closets.
It is waterproof and damp proof, greatly effective in protecting things from chemical reactions, and safe from toxic environmental hormones.
    The process of growing lacquer trees, harvesting, refining, 30-40 repeated varnishing, grinding, and polishing can take anywhere from several months to over a year, and one piece of lacquer work is produced only after this long and delicate process.
    Icheon City is currently working closely with Yang Jeom-mo, inheritor of traditional lacquer craft who changed and developed the craft into modern, elegant and experimental creations, Korea Ceramic Art High School, and Chungkang College of Cultural industries.