KILN TOUR - Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area

Date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 7:30pm
Destination(s): 
Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area
Cost: 
W49,000 for members or W59,000 for non-members.
Tour Leader: 
Mrs. Sue J. Bae

We will visit some famous kilns to see some time-honored traditions at work. Traditionally, the important ingredients in making porcelain were good quality kaolin and large quantities of firewood. Kaolin was only found in some areas of the country, and the best kaolin close to the capital was found around Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. There were also heavily wooded areas nearby, and the Han River provided a transportation route for moving raw materials to the kilns and finished products to the capital and beyond, so the nearby town of Icheon became the production center for much of Korea's most famous porcelain.

First, we will stop at the kiln of Mr. Ji Soo ku, who operates a rare traditional wood fired kiln. Mr. Chi's late father, Ji Sun taik, was a famous master potter whose works are extremely valuable, and the younger Mr. Chi is continuing the family tradition. Then, we will stop at the kiln of Mr. Kim Jongmook where we will take a look at the process of pottery making. Next, we will go to a potter's village, visiting the kilns of Mr. Lee Un ku, well known for brown Bunchong ware. Also, we will visit other shops nearby and we will have a chance to see interesting designs of porcelains. From here, we will go to the studio of Mr. Kim Se Ryong, known for his blue porcelain and his unique carving and cutting techniques.

Nothing is more Korean than kimchi, and kimchi pots are an integral part of any Korean household. These jars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and today we will visit stores where we can buy onggi (kimchi jars) with a unique traditional design. Changes in the itinerary may have to be made due to time considerations, at the discretion of the tour leader. The tour will leave from Yongsan Post Office (Subway Sinyongsan station #429, Blue Line, Exit #1) at 9:00 a.m. and we will get back around 7:30 p.m. Cost of the tour is W49,000 for members or W59,000 for non-members.

YOU CAN EITHER BRING A PACKED LUNCH OR BUY A KOREAN-STYLE LUNCH, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE NEAR THE KILN & POTTERY VILLAGES.

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