Friday, January 23, 2015

Demonstrating at the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival

Texture and form…

Making a traditional Korean teabowl with the Jeff Brown twist was the mission. Learning about the Korean way of tea serving was my reward. Great food and friendly people was the bonus.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pottery Lessons in Korea

2012 I had the Honor and privilege to be invited to participate in a pottery event, centered around the traditional teabowl, in the central mount region of South Korea.  Potters from across the world were brought to the Mungyeong Chasabal Festival to share and demonstrate our various ways of working and our interpretations for the ceremonial  teabowl. For nine days my fellow ceramic artist and I visited local potters and tea masters, in between slide presentations and tea bowl throwing demonstrations for the festival visitors that came in search of teaware from the local woodfire potters .  

Using the traditional Korean style potters wheel for demonstrations, I found myself giving a few festival performers a impromptu potter lesson.

...I just couldn't help myself, and they seemed to enjoy.