Please join us for a slide presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center on June 2 by three mid-career Korean potters: Yeon Tae Park, Kyeong Hee Lee, and Jong Pil Kim. The presentation at the Pottery Center will focus on the current work of the Korean potters and their thoughts on traditional and contemporary pottery as well as their apprenticeships in Mungyeong. The Mungyeong potters have learned traditional Korean ways of teaware making from Master Potter and Intangible Living Treasure Cheon Han Bong and are building on those skills to make contemporary creations steeped in traditions.
A potluck at 6 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7 pm. Come out for a great night of food and community! Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the North Carolina Pottery Center. This presentation is free and open to the public. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.
The potters, hosted by Seagrove potters Jeff Brown and Phil Pollet, are visiting local Seagrove studios while participating in East Meets West, an international cultural exchange exhibition being hosted at Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines. That exhibition focuses on Gong Fu tea sets, teapots, tea bowls, and vases. The opening reception for the Campbell House exhibition is Friday, June 3, from 6:00-8:00 pm.
On Saturday, June 4, potters from Moore County and Seagrove will join the Korean potters at Cambell House Galleries for “Pottery on the Grounds” – a day of demonstrations of traditional techniques and tea making – creating an exciting and enriching day of cultural exchange for potters and the public.
The Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival has invited international potters from Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the US, including Seagrove potter Jeff Brown. For the past four years, Jeff’s pottery has been invited to the Chasabal Festival, and he has given demonstrations to festival visitors, shared his techniques with his international pottery colleagues, fired pots, and visited with area potters there. The Chasabal is the Korean name for the Teabowl used in the traditional tea ceremony which is the focus of the annual spring event. Mungyeong, in central S. Korea, is a popular tourist destination with gorgeous mountain hiking,and a nearby Buddhist Monastery. Mungyeong hosts the pottery festival at MunGyeong SaeJae, a restored Korean Village nestled in the hills and a location often used in movies due to its beauty and uniqueness.