3/21/2011

Buncheong

Buncheong, or Buncheong ware is a form of traditional Korean stoneware, with a bluish-green tone. Pots are coated with a white slip, and decorative designs are painted on using an iron pigment. The style emerged in the early Joseon Dynasty, largely replacing celadon in common use. It largely disappeared from Korea after the 16th century due to the popularity of white porcelains. In modern times, the style has been revived in Korea.
-From Wikipedia

Buncheong has about 5 kinds of pattern on the surface. They are extreamly modernistic. I want to motivate with thoes patterns when I project. It could be interesting educational installation for people and childern who want to know earily Chosun's stoneware.


Flask-Shaped Bottle with Lotus Decoration, 15th century
Buncheong ware with sgraffito design; 8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm)
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

This delightful vessel displays many of the attributes—such as bold design and earthy quality—associated with buncheong ware, a new and robust ceramic type from the early Joseon period. The design on this flask-shaped bottle was achieved by applying a coat of white slip over the clay body, on which were incised the outlines of a large lotus flower and semiabstract leaves. The background area between the full blossom and leaves was carved out to create a design in low relief. Buncheong ware decorated in this technique (referred to as sgraffito) was a specialty of kilns in the southwestern region of Korea, in today's South Jeolla province.



Flask-Shaped Bottle with Abstract Decoration, 16th century(intaglio)
Buncheong ware with brushed slip and incised design; H. 8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm), Diam. of body 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

This buncheong bottle—probably for wine or other drink—has a full, hearty, and slightly misshapen form, with a surface decoration of boldly abstract linear design that enhances the vessel's organic appearance. It provides both a parallel and a foil to the aesthetic of its porcelain cousin.


Large Dish with Decoration of Chrysanthemums and Inscription (Naeseom), 15th century
Buncheong ware with stamped design; H. 2 3/4 in. (7.1 cm), Diam. of rim 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

In the center of this large dish is stamped a two-character word, Naeseom: the bureau that processed tribute arriving from the provinces to the royal palace and provided liquor to officials of the second rank or higher and food and textiles for Japanese and Manchurian visitors. This dish was made at a regional kiln, probably in the Gyeongsang province, but was destined for the use at the central government.


Drum-Shaped Bottle with Decoration of Fish, Bird, and Lotus, late 15th–early 16th century
Buncheong ware with iron brown design; H. 5 3/4 in. (14.4 cm), W. approx. 8 5/8 in. (approx. 22 cm)
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

The painted designs on the drum-shaped buncheong vessels are particularly lively and sometimes whimsical, befitting and even enhancing the robust shape. This well-known vessel with an iron-painted decoration of a bird swooping down to catch a fish in a lotus pond is a particularly splendid example of Gyeryong-san buncheong, so named because the production of iron-painted buncheong was concentrated at the kilns of Mount Gyeryong in Hakpong-ri, Gongju City. Gyeryong-san buncheong is an especially beloved type because of the dramatic quality of its decoration, which may be representational or abstract. Whatever the specific designs, they are remarkable for the degree of liberated, dynamic, freestyle drawing rarely found in contemporaneous paintings in any medium, whether Korean or more broadly East Asian, with similar themes.




Flask with flower design
Stoneware, buncheong ware
15–16th century, Joseon
Smithsonian, Dept. of Anthropology,
Ethnology collection
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution 2007


vase (maebyong)
Creation date 15th Century
Materials stoneware with slip inlay
Location Valeria J. Medveckis Gallery
Credit line Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number 2001.223
Indianapolis Museum of Art


a paste brush