Gi Jin Song
August 07, 2018
Gi Jin Song is a revered South Korean ceramic artist, who is reputed for his mastery of the “Boseong Deombeongyi” technique. “Boseong Deombeongyi” refers to a highly unique style of pottery which has been developed between 1470 - 1500 by Korean potters during the early Joseon Dynasty, the last kingdom of Korea.
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Although "Boseong Deombeongyi" may well look like "Joseon Baekja", a style of Korean white porcelain, it technically belongs to "Buncheong ware", a more practical and unassuming Korean pottery style which has been developed from the earlier "Goreyo Celadon". "Boseong Deombeongyi" was actually born, because the use of white porcelain among common people was prohibited in the early Joseon Dynasty. However, it only lasted three decades due to the peculiarity and high level of craftsmanship required to make "Boseong Deombeongyi".
It is worth noting that “Boseong Deombeongyi” is a highly original pottery technique which was born in Korea and this style of pottery is not found even in China, the well-known birthplace of traditional pottery. This is of great significance, given that the historical development of the Korean pottery has been largely influenced by the Chinese pottery.
Known as “Hojo Kohiki” in Japan, which literally translates into “Boseong Tea Bowl”, the timeless beauty of “Boseong Deombeongyi” has been highly praised by art critiques in Japan. Now successfully revived by the ceramic master, Gi Jin Song, his modern “Boseong Deombeongyi” teaware is highly appreciated by tea masters and collectors in South Korea, Japan and China. According to Gi Jin Song, the beauty of his work lies in its simplicity and implications of the nature - "Bossing Deombeongyi" is not meant to be born with perfection, but it is meant to grow and transform along the usage, reflecting the cycle of life.
Despite its simple and minimalistic appearance, “Boseong Deombeongyi” requires an intense, labour and time consuming process. In order to obtain its smooth and coherent white shade, the pottery is dipped in white clay (aka. kaolin) water, and glazed after the first firing and needs to go through a baking process in a kiln a total of three times.
A magnificent, sublime artwork of Gi Jin Song that will resonate its timeless beauty over time. Highly recommended to fine ceramic art collectors and tea connoisseurs who will appreciate the timeless beauty in simplicity.
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