Ceramic in Gyeonggi-do, Korea|More than just a pottery

Gyeonggi-do has played a crucial role in arts particularly in ceramic history, and Icheon is the center of ceramic culture with festival and museum.

Clay, Water and Fire – Essential Elementary of Ceramic

Ceramic is a sensitive art work made by nature materials. When each element mixed and harmonized in the hands of craftsman, a pottery clay turns into an artwork.
In Korea, Gyeonggi-do has been at the center of ceramic history. Cities in Gyeonggi-do has been playing a main role as Korea’s pottery studio for more than 1,000 years. During the Joseon Dynasty period, Gwangju city in Gyeonggi-do supplied the ceramics to the Royal Palace thanks to its blessed soil, abundant of firewood and close location to Seoul.

GYEONGGI INTERNATIONAL CERAMIC BIENNALE (Icheon Ceramic Festival)

Ceramic art work
Keeping the heritage, there are various sites and festivals themed ceramic arts in Gyeonggi-do. Launched in 2001, the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale(KICB) has become a leading international event in the field of ceramics. It has established itself as a forum where ceramic artists and enthusiasts from around the world gather to engage in the exchange of ceramic culture and explore global ceramic trends.

Places to visit

ICHEON CERAPIA

l Location : 263, Gyeongchung-daero 2697beon-gil, Icheon City, Gyeonggi-do
l Contact : tel. +82-31-631-6501
Facade of Icheon CERPIA
Icheon - Icheon Cerapia (where “Cerapia” is a portmanteau of “ceramics” and “utopia,” referring to a “utopia of ceramics”) is one of the main venues of the biennale and a true ceramics paradise. It is a global ceramic art park situated in Icheon, a city that has become famous for ceramic art in Korea. In order to stimulate greater appreciation for ceramic arts, everything at Icheon Cerapia is made from ceramics, including the galleries, the playground, the café, and even the bottom of the lake. The major facility of Icheon Cerapia is the Icheon World Ceramic Center (CeraMIX Creativity Center), which houses more than 2,000 modern ceramic artworks from around the world. The center is a cultural complex that allows visitors to appreciate and learn about world-renowned ceramic artworks through a variety of special exhibitions and provides residency programs, workshops, and hands-on experience facilities for artists, giving them an opportunity to focus on their creative activities. In particular, the CeraMIX Creativity Residency Studio, located on the first floor of the Icheon World Ceramic Center (CeraMIX Creativity Center), has become popular among visitors for its hosting of demonstrations by ceramic artists and glass artists showing off their glassblowing and lampworking skills.

YEOJU DOJASESANG

l Location : 7, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju City, Gyeonggi-do (within the grounds of Silleuksa Temple Resort)
l Contact : tel. +82-31-884-8644
Yeoju DOJASESANG
Yeoju Dojasesang is located in Yeoju of Gyeonggi-do, a city that has become renowned for its production of ceramic livingware, which was made possible due to the abundance of clean water, lush pine forests, and quality kaolin clay in the area. Dojasesang is home to the World Ceramic Livingware Gallery (Bandal Art Museum), a livingware museum, and the largest ceramic shopping mall in Korea, consisting of four major shops-the Art Shop, Living Shop, Brand Shop, and Gallery Shop-organized according to the characteristics of the products and the tastes of customers. Located near numerous popular tourist attractions, including Riverside Park, Silleuksa Temple, the birthplace of Empress Myeongseong, Yeongneung Royal Tombs (tombs of King Sejong and Queen Socheon), the gallery is a cultural complex dedicated to ceramic livingware where visitors can browse, purchase, create, and appreciate various types of ceramicware.

GONJIAM CERAMIC PARK

l Location : 727, Gyeongchung-daero, Gonjiam-eup, Gwangju City, Gyeonggi-do
l Contact : tel. +82-31-799-1500
Gonjiam CERAMIC PARK
Gwangju is a city with a rich historical legacy and was where royal kilns were established to bake white porcelain for the royal court during the Joseon dynasty. A place of particular interest in Gwangju is Gonjiam Ceramic Park, which works to preserve the history and traditions that have been handed down from prehistoric times on 160 acres of land, encompassing the Samri Paleolithic Site. With its main facilities including the Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, which showcases major relics and artworks that date all the way from the birth of Korean ceramics to modern times, and Mosaic Park, which focuses on exhibiting public artworks, the Gonjiam Ceramic Park is a multicultural complex where people can experience Korean traditions, culture, art, education, recreation, and relaxation through traditional handicraft workshops, hands-on classes, outdoor performances, a ceramics shopping mall, sculpture parks, and a gallery cafe, all of which operate year round.

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