The above video, titled Icheon Master Hand was a promotion for a 2013 exhibition from the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California.
The exhibition, ICHEON: Reviving the Korean Ceramics Tradition (Oct. 12, 2013 — Dec. 29, 2013), was organized with the city of Icheon South Korea, which has a ceramics culture that dates back more than 5,000 years. The exhibit of 200 works, many of which had never been seen in the United States, surveys both ancient pottery techniques and newer innovations in the community.
It would be easy for AMOCA to throw a video together with interviews that sold us on the concept and scope of the exhibition, but here the Museum decided to let the work speak for itself. Set to a contemplative piano piece (which, by the way, works amazingly with shots such as ribbons of clay flying from a potter’s fingertips), the video simply takes us in the studios of some of Icheon’s master potters as they work. This process reel shows us some of their finely-tuned skills in action.
Above image: Ceramics Master Kim Seong- Tae in the studio. Screenshot from a video courtesy of the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
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