In the serene world of ceramics, where each curve and contour tells a tale, few artists manage to breathe life into clay as authentically as Kwak Kyungtae. A revered figure in the realms of Onggi and Buncheong pottery, Kwak has carved a unique niche for himself by blending the austere beauty of Korean slipware with a modern sensibility. Drawing from the rich heritage of his homeland, particularly the Joseon dynasty's traditions, Kwak's creations are a testament to the harmonious dialogue between nature and handcraft. His works, celebrated across East Asia and Europe, exemplify the sublime power of imperfection and the nuanced gestural brushwork that characterises large-scale pottery.


Based in Icheon, a city renowned for its ceramic craft, Kwak's approach is anything but ordinary. Through his hands, the age-old techniques of Onggi and Buncheong are reborn, telling new stories while honouring the past. His philosophy is evident in every piece he creates—each a balance of rough simplicity and the elegance of nature’s forms.

 

 

3-Day Korean Wheel Throwing Masterclass

This comprehensive course condenses wisdom from the expansive 12-day Ceramic Masterclass, offering a glimpse into master Kwak's revered demonstrations and insights in a more intimate format. Whether you're at the beginning of your pottery path or well along it, this masterclass is an open invitation to explore the intricate bond between mind, hand, and clay, guided by experts. The course, steeped in the rich heritage of Korean ceramics, promises not only to refine your wheel throwing skills but to connect you deeply with the discipline and beauty of East Asian ceramic traditions, enhancing your craft with unparalleled precision and grace. Engage in this profound learning experience, where the ancient rhythms of Korean pottery come alive, enriching your artistic expression and deepening your connection with the age-old language of clay.

 

4-Day Onggi Masterclass

Our intensive 4 Day Masterclass, is designed to teach the traditional techniques of crafting large, elegant jars used historically for fermentation and storage. This unique workshop brings to life the fast and efficient Onggi method, blending hands-on learning with theoretical insights into glazing and firing processes that give Onggi its distinctive qualities. Perfect for potters of all levels, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals looking to diversify their skills, our masterclass offers a rare opportunity to engage directly with clay, mastering the art of Onggi under the guidance of skilled artisans. 


Half-Day Onggi Demonstration

Half Day Onggi Demo, a session designed to unwrap the layers of Onggi beyond its renown as Korea's traditional fermentation vessels. This demo not only explores Onggi as a method defined by specific clays and firing styles but also as a cultural artifact deeply embedded in the fabric of Korean life, reflecting both literal and metaphorical vessels of humanity. Witness Master Kwak Kyungtae, in concert with translator Marco Minetti, breathe life into clay, demonstrating the age-old process of Onggi making from start to finish. Through each meticulously translated commentary and detailed explanation, attendees will be transported across time, observing techniques refined over generations—each movement a testament to the enduring legacy of Korean potters. From understanding the regional nuances that shape Onggi's form to the hands-on methods of coiling and shaping, this demo offers a rare glimpse into the traditional and contemporary practices that continue to influence Onggi pottery. Join us for an immersive experience that promises not just a demonstration of pottery-making but an educational journey through the history, culture, and artistry that Onggi embodies, leaving you inspired to integrate these ancient practices into modern expressions of creativity.



Spaces are limited, and anticipation is high. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary journey into the heart of Korean pottery.


Book your spot now and take the first step towards mastering the ancient art of Korean pottery with Kwak Kyungtae.

 

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