Korean pottery may not be ornate, nor is it imposing in size, but it is distinguished by its infinite embrace of nature. Through a continued mutual exchange with China, Korea developed a ceramics style that captured the Korean spirit. The uniqueness of Korean ceramics stems from the austere humility of the earthenware, the jade-green color of Goryeo celadon, the wit of Joseon buncheong ware and the refined beauty of Joseon white porcelain.
한국의 도자기는 장식적인 면이나 크기에서 눈길을 끄는 것은 아니지만 자연을 품은 듯한 독특한 아름다움을 담고 있다. 중국과의 지속적인 교류를 통하여 한국은 한국의 정신을 담은 도자기 스타일을 발전시켰다. 한국도자기의 독창성은 투박한 멋이 담긴 토기, 옥 빛을 닮은 고려청자, 위트 넘치는 조선의 분청사기, 그리고 세련된 아름다움의 표본인 이조 백자 등에서 잘 드러난다.
[Korean Culture Series 12 Korean Ceramics (한국의 도자기)]
I. Introduction to Korean Ceramics
1. Defining Ceramics
II. The Beautiful Art of Shaping Vessels from the Earth: Prehistoric Earthenware
2. Neolithic Age
3. Bronze Age and Early Iron Age
4. Proto-Three Kingdoms Period
III. Toward an Ideal World: Earthenware of the Three Kingdoms Period
IV. Embodying the Wisdom of Life: Unified Silla Earthenware
2. Characteristics of Unified Silla Earthenware
V. The Elegance and Beauty of Jade-Green: Goryeo Celadon
2. Characteristics of Goryeo Ceramics
3. Development of Goryeo Celadonv
VI. An Abundance of Wit and the Refinement of White: Joseon Ceramics
2. Buncheong Ware
3. White Porcelain
VII. Nest for Fermentation: Onggi
1. Origins of Onggi
2. History of Onggi
Kang Kyung-sook Professor Kang Kyung-sook received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Ewha Womans University. After serving as an associate professor at Seoul National University of Technology, Professor Kang continued her career at Chungbuk National University as a full professor in the Department of Archaeology and Art History, then as a director of Chungbuk National University Museum and a visiting professor in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Dong-A University. She served as president of the Association of Korean Art History and Association of Korean Art History Education. She was formerly a member of the advisory committees of the Cultural Properties Administration of Korea and the Cultural Properties Administration of Gyeongsangbuk-do and Chungcheongbuk-do provinces.
Her major publications include A Study of Buncheong Ware, The History of Korean Ceramics, A Study of the History of Korean Ceramics, and A Study of Korean Ceramic Kiln Sites, a detailed and methodological examination of the more than 150 kiln sites that have yielded academically significant findings. The History of Korean Ceramics, originally published in 1989, was the first comprehensive history of the field, and in 2012, it was completely revised, updated, and expanded to incorporate new discoveries made between 1989 and 2011. Her lifetime contributions to the study of buncheong ware and her prolific research on buncheong chronology solidify her status as the leading authority in the field.
At present, Professor Kang works as the director of the Jungwon Institute for Cultural Properties. She also serves as an appraiser of cultural properties for the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum.
Professor Kang received the Uhyeon (Koh Yu-sup) Award for the publication of A Study of Buncheong Ware and the Paradise (formerly Wookyoung) Award from the Paradise Culture Foundation for her work in The History of Korean Ceramics.