traditional pottery in Korea Onggi jars

A 7th generation Onggi pottery operated by the Kim family and lead by Kim Il-Maan, a Korean National Cultural Treasure, filmed by Adam Field who was apprenticed there for most of 2008

This is the first stage, though if you were watching closely you will have seen this in the background of the previous film.

Glazing big pots, hard physical work but they are very efficient.

The kiln

These films were uploaded to youtube by Adam Field, this is him making a pot start to finish timelapse, a fun film. I really appreciate him putting this material in the public domain. I also really like his pots.

2 Responses to traditional pottery in Korea Onggi jars

  1. Terence December 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    I was at Gyeong-Gi Do 2 years ago before I was really paying attention to craft stuff – would love to go back and investigate, Korea has so much to offer. I think those pots get buried in the ground to keep the temperature constant for the fermenting of things like kimchi, really good food and very healthy.

  2. Robin Wood December 5, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Very interesting Terence. Korea have led the way in protecting traditional crafts with a major input to the UNESCO convention on intangible cultural heritage.